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Nick Pekin suspended, Deek Roberts reprimanded

Anxious wait: Taylors Lake co-coach Deek Roberts and Horsham Demons co-coach Nick Pekin will learn of their finals' fate at the tribunal tonight. Graphic: KELLY LAIRD

Anxious wait: Taylors Lake co-coach Deek Roberts and Horsham Demons co-coach Nick Pekin faced the AFL Wimmera-Mallee independent tribunal on Wednesday night. Graphic: KELLY LAIRD

Horsham co-coach Nick Pekin is eligible to play in the Wimmera Football League grand final should the Demons qualify despite receiving a three-match sanction at a tribunal hearing last night.

Pekin fronted the AFL Wimmera-Mallee independent tribunal to answer a rough conduct charge against Ararat’s Harry Ganley in the final round of the home-and-away season.

Pekin collided with Ganley in the opening term of the match at Horsham City Oval. He was reported by a field umpire and sent from the ground with a red card.

Ganley lost consciousness after the hit and will not participate in Ararat’s elimination final against Stawell on Sunday.

AFL Wimmera Mallee’s Stephen McQueen said Pekin, who pleaded not-guilty, was rubbed out for three weeks, with one of the weeks suspended until the end of the 2016 season.

He said Pekin’s good record was taken into account.

Pekin will miss the Demons’ qualifying final clash with Minyip-Murtoa on Saturday.

Depending on the outcome of that match, he will miss either the second semi-final against Horsham Saints on September 5 or the first-semi final on September 6.

Taylors Lake co-coach Deek Roberts also faced the tribunal last night.

Roberts pleaded not-guilty to striking Jeparit-Rainbow co-coach Chris Meyer in the Horsham District Football Netball League elimination final at Kalkee on Sunday.

Roberts was reported by a goal umpire during the second quarter.

Mr McQueen said Roberts was found guilty of the charge.

“The incident was at the lesser end of severity,” he said.

“Because of his extremely good record, he was given a reprimand.”

Roberts is free to take part in the Lakers’ first semi-final against Kalkee at North Park, Stawell, on Sunday.


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