Kelly ban to remain

BYRON BAY captain-coach Simon Kelly is determined to exhaust all avenues of appeal after the NRRRL judiciary ruled that a six-match suspension would stand for Red Devils centre Clarence Kelly.

Clarence Kelly last night was found guilty of striking after trying to have the charge downgraded.

Simon Kelly is livid that he has lost his leading try-scorer for the rest of the season – his only hope to again pull on the jersey is if Byron Bay make the grand final.

“The judiciary, it seems, have gone in there with a preconcieved idea of how they would deal with the case and the outcome hasn’t change,” Kelly said. “I think it is a disgraceful decision.”

Kelly knows his representative three-quarter crossed the line but the extent of the penalty has him up in arms.

“The contact Clarence made is something you see in every set of six,” he said.

“There is no consistancy in the penalties handed down by the judiciary – blokes have commited horrible spear tackles that only get one week.

“Six weeks for a forearm is outrageous.”

Kelly doesn’t know what his next avenue of appeal is, but he is certain to take it.

“I am determined to get a better decison out of this no matter what it takes,” he said.

Byron are outside the top five for the first time in months after losing to Grafton Ghosts at the weekend and would need to win at least two of their remaining three games to have any hope of forcing their way back into the finals picture.

The Northern Star was told that someone from the NRRRL judiciary would be available to comment last night but received no call.

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