Turkeys escape penalty

THE Kyogle Turkeys won’t be penalised for their three-quarter-time walk-off at Grafton on the weekend but Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) president Robin Harley will be ‘keeping a close eye on what’s happening at the club’.

Harley has given the club an opportunity to tell their side of the story but at present the Turkeys remain silent on the issue.

Kyogle Turkeys Rugby League Club had a general meeting on Tuesday night where it is believed the issue was aired among the officials and leaders of the club.

Harley offered to attend the meeting but the club declined.

“They have chosen to deal with it internally at this point,” Harley said.

Either way, Harley and the NRRRL are virtually powerless on the issue as the organisation has no legislation in place that deals with such incidents.

“The club has been told that (walking off) is simply not good enough,” he said.

“But there are no penalties in place, even for the season proper, where we can take action.

“Maybe that is something (the NRRRL) need to discuss at our next meeting.”

Harley said that the Turkeys had a moral obligation to complete matches and that their conduct was unacceptable.

“Even if they think that first grade is too tough it’s not good enough,” he said.

“If they want to be part of the NRRRL they need to field a first grade side, a reserve grade side and an under-18s side, simple as that.”

The Turkeys’ playing stocks were stretched to breaking point at the weekend after the Ghosts requested a reserve grade trial on top of the first grade and under-18s matches.

Reserve grade coach and club spokesman Simon Tough was guarded when questioned on any issues within the club.

“There is not much I can say on it,” Tough said.

“It’s obviously disappointing but I was in the shed with my boys when it was all going down.”

It is believed that first grade captain-coach Don Walker was against the walk-off but the veteran could not be contacted for comment.

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