Stanthorpe team faces challenges
STANTHORPE’S woes in the lead-up to the Border Rugby League preliminary final today at Sullivan Oval, Stanthorpe, have deepened with the loss of back rower Matthew Hendry to suspension.
At an appeal hearing on Thursday night, Hendry was suspended for three games for “re-entering the field of play without permission from the referee or touch judge after having previously temporarily retired from the game” in last Saturday’s semi-final loss to Tenterfield.
The three-match suspension is for today’s game and two future games.
This week, the Stanthorpe Gremlins have had five players with injury concerns in the lead-up to the game at 2.30pm today against Texas.
The winner will play Tenterfield in the September 26 A-grade grand final at Tigers Park, Tenterfield, which will be the ABC Queensland Match of the Day.
Border president Steve McEvoy expects a tough game today in A-grade.
“Texas ran fourth but has all the momentum against a top-two team struggling with injury,” McEvoy said.
“The loss of last year’s player of the final Scott Kerridge has hurt the Gremlins this season but most of last year’s players are still involved with the club.”
The first game today is reserve grade at 1pm between Tenterfield and Texas with the winner to play Stanthorpe on September 26.