Blues to miss night of nights

Kerang FNC will not attend Sunday's CMFNL presentation night.

Kerang FNC will not attend Sunday's CMFNL presentation night.

NO Kerang Football Netball Club player or official will attend Sunday's Central Murray FNL presentation night after the club voiced disappointment with the league's administration following last weekend's senior football preliminary final.

The Blues advanced to the grand final with a 14-point victory, but the victory was marred by an incident involving Woorinen's Douglas Palmer and Kerang's Bronson Booth, which left the latter with a season-ending broken jaw.

The two players made contact at the five-minute mark of the opening term and although official CMFNL footage does not show the incident, the match review panel recommended an investigation should be undertaken by the CMFNL board.

Clearer video evidence was produced by the Kerang FNC, who then asked the board to use "executive authority" to allow the match review panel to view the footage.

The request for the match review panel to be allowed to see the subsequent footage, which was not official CMFNL footage, was rejected by the board due to a lack of executive authority to overturn any rules expressed in the league's by-laws. 

It is expressed in CMFNL by-laws that "at least two independent people and the operations manager will review the official CMFNL video footage."

"We said that defies common sense. Why wouldn't you give the footage to the match review panel so they can make a decision," Kerang FNC president Rob Fisher said.

Fisher has insisted that the decision to not attend is not a player boycott and was was made following due process.

"We felt in the circumstances that there still may be some tension come Sunday night and it was in everyone's best interests that we didn't inflame those tensions," Fisher said.

"It's not a player boycott and we believe it's disrespectful to label it as one."

Board chairman John Brookshaw said in a statement that what the Kerang FNC was asking was to break rules and an MRP charter that they had endorsed.

In response to the Kerang FNC's decision to not attend the league's presentation night, Brookshaw said he was disappointed and that the decision was disrespectful to the other clubs and its players.

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