Richards banned for two games
WANGARATTA rising star Nick Richards has been unsuccessful in his attempt to have a two-week ban for striking overturned.
Richards chose to fight his charge of striking Wodonga Raiders’ Jordan Rouse at the O&M tribunal on Wednesday night but the panel found him guilty after a two-hour hearing.
The premiership Magpie pleaded not guilty to the charge, saying he remonstrated with Rouse but denied striking him with a fist.
Richards said he became involved in the melee after seeing his brother Joe taken out so he ran in to remonstrate with Rouse.
But officiating umpire Adam Larkins, who booked Richards, said he had a clear view of the incident and saw the Magpie lean in and strike Rouse.
Richards’ advocate Felix Gamze called skipper Michael Newton as a witness while coach Dean Stone also attended in support of his young star.
It is the first time Richards has ever been suspended in over 150 matches through a stellar junior and senior career.
He will now miss tomorrow’s crucial clash with Albury as well as next round’s potential eight-point hit-out against Yarrawonga.
SUSPENDED: Nick Richards.