MULTIPLE Daylesford premiership player Joel Adams has been hit with a one-match ban following his collision with Gordon’s Mick Nolan in the Central Highlands Football League’s first elimination final on Saturday.
Last night’s hearing saw the Goldfields Independent Tribunal charge Adams of intentionally, recklessly and negligently striking Nolan in the face.
The incident occurred in the third quarter when Adams charged into Nolan several seconds after the Gordon small forward launched a clearing kick from a stoppage near the centre of the ground.
The two umpires who witnessed the incident gave evidence at the hearing that pointed to Adams hitting Nolan in the face with a closed fist, while one of the umpires labelled the contact as “exceptionally late”.
Adams later disputed the claims that he used a closed fist in an attempt at what he described as a “clumsy late tackle”.
The tribunal took into account Adams’ choice to make an early guilty plea, which was a contributing factor to the penalty handed down.
“We appreciate that you recognised your mistake early, and the remorse and honesty you have shown regarding the incident,” the tribunal said in its decision.
The nuggety midfielder has already copped a two-match ban for using abusive language towards an umpire in May, and the latest decision has soured his two-goal, best on ground performance against the Eagles.
Daylesford, last year’s premier, will now be without one of its most experienced finals campaigners for its semi-final against Bungaree on Sunday.
“We’ll (Daylesford) get a couple of players back for the weekend, so hopefully we’ll be able to cover any losses,” Adams told The Courier after the hearing.
“It’s a disappointing thing to happen at this stage of the year, but I was thinking that I might have even copped two weeks, so I’m extremely relieved and happy to just get the one.
“With any luck we will be able to get over the line against Bungaree and I might be able to get back for a preliminary final.”