Goodes to miss Roosters' pivotal clash with Williamstown

BRETT Goodes will miss North Ballarat's pivotal clash with top team Williamstown in the Victorian Football League on Saturday through suspension.Goodes yesterday decided to take a prescribed automatic one-match suspension after being reported against Werribee Tigers on Saturday.He was charged with striking Werribee's Nathan Grima in the last quarter.North Ballarat football manager Marg Richards said with no video footage of the incident it would have been difficult to defend the charge in a tribunal hearing.This is the second time this season Goodes has been reported for striking.He was cleared on the first occasion.The suspension means he is ineligible for the VFL's best and best and fairest, the JJ Liston Trophy.He finished just two votes behind winner James Podsiadly last year.The Selkirk Roosters go into the home clash with the Seagulls on the back of three consecutive defeats to Box Hill Hawks, Northern Bullants and Werribee.Williamstown also suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Sandringham on Sunday.North Ballarat defeated Willaimstown by two points last time they met at the end of May.