Trojans go to the CRU
IN A bid to clear their captain's good name, the Lennox Head Trojans have appealed to the Country Rugby Union (CRU) to overturn Harry Witt's six-month ban from the game.
Trojans president Barry Kiddle confirmed yesterday the club had lodged all the necessary paperwork and the CRU would urgently look into the case.
“The whole reason for doing this is to clear Harry's name,” Trojans president Barry Kiddle said.
“He's been convicted of a high-grade, intentional, malicious act, and that is why we are doing this because we do not believe that to be the case.”
But Witt's chance of being cleared to play in time for the preliminary final on September 5 remains a long-shot.
“Either way we are 100 per cent certain that that we will have an answer by Saturday week,” Kiddle said.
“We are very, very hopeful that things will fall Harry's way. Even if he can't play for the rest of the year we want to get him cleared.”
Witt was sent off in Lennox Head's bruising final-round encounter against Lismore City on August 15.
The Far North Coast rugby union judiciary found him guilty of trampling and rubbed him out of the game until March 1 next year.
The Trojans appealed, but fresh video evidence was not enough to persuade the appeals committee to reduce the original sentence.