Kelly to spend more time on sideline

BALLINA centre Clarence Kelly has accepted a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle at the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League judiciary meeting on Monday night.

Kelly was sent off in the 56th minute of the qualifying semi-final when Grafton Ghosts centre Sam Hartmann landed awkwardly in a lifting tackle.

Hartmann was down for several minutes before eventually finding his feet and finishing the game.

It is the second week in a row Kelly has been sent off after an alleged elbow in a 38-0 win against Byron Bay.

The Seagulls went on to win 26-10 and book a spot in the major semi-final against Murwillumbah on Sunday.

The one-game suspension means Kelly will definitely play again this season whether it's in the preliminary final or grand final.

"It's definitely not a good look when you get sent off two weeks in a row," Ballina coach Greg Barnes said.

"There was no malice in the tackle but it was a bit careless and the one-week is justified.

"Clarence plays an aggressive style and sometimes it doesn't come off the way he plans it to."

There is no denying the talent of Kelly; he can read a game better than most centres in the NRRRL.



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