Coach gives warning after Edwards suspended for big BFL game

NORTH Ballarat City coach Rob Waters has re-emphasised the dangers of bumping to his senior group following a one-match suspension to key onballer Jarrod Edwards.

North Ballarat City coach Rob Waters.

North Ballarat City coach Rob Waters.

Edwards will miss North City’s top-of-the-table clash with former team Redan in the Ballarat Football League on Saturday.

The AFL Goldfields Region Independent Tribunal rubbed out Edwards for one match on Tuesday night.

He pleaded guilty to forceful head-high contact on Ballarat’s James Meade during the game at Alfredton on Sunday.

Edwards was reported and given a yellow card on the day.

Waters said it was a “fair” outcome.

“He made contact with a young bloke’s head and in this day and age you just can’t do it. It was clumsy and he got a week for it,” Waters said.

Waters said the coaching group had touched on the troubles of bumping during the pre-season and revisited it at training on Tuesday night.

“If you elect to bump, you don’t want to hit them in the head. As soon as you elect to bump and hit them in the head, you are in trouble,” he said.

The tribunal took into account Edwards’ guilty plea and his good playing record in determining a penalty.

It is only the second time Edwards has been suspended in a decorated career which features four BFL best and fairest awards and a string of four premierships with Redan.

He took a one-match set penalty after the 2009 grand final. Edwards joined North Ballarat City and has played six games so far in 2014.

North sits on top of the ladder with 11 wins in 12 outings – one game ahead of Redan.

When they last met in round one, North Ballarat City crushed Redan 20.9 (129) to 7.11 (53).

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