AFL Victoria Country Appeal Board will hear an appeal by Horsham Football Club tomorrow arguing a suspension handed to a Minyip-murtoa footballer by an AFL Wimmera-mallee independent tribunal is inadequate.
The tribunal suspended Burras reserves player Nick Hudson for six weeks after he pleaded guilty to carelessly making contact with the head and jaw of Horsham’s James Davidson during a match on June 1.
Davidson was admitted to hospital and required corrective facial surgery after the incident.
Horsham sought and was granted leave to appeal the sentence.
AFL Wimmera-mallee general manager Stephen McQueen said he expected the appeal to be heard tomorrow.
In order to submit an appeal under AFL Victoria Country guidelines, Horsham was required to pay a non-refundable fee of $1500 to cover the cost of the appeal.
The club also paid a further $3000, which could be returned following the appeal or kept at the discretion of the appeal board if it determines Horsham’s appeal does not have sufficient merit.