Waaia coach Greg Meyland has had an eight-week suspension reduced on appeal, but has expressed his disappointment in the process of the Picola District Football League tribunal.MATTHEW GALEA June 18, 2014 3:10am
Greg Meyland has expressed disappointment with the processes of the Picola District Football League tribunal.
Waaia playing coach Greg Meyland successfully appealed two weeks of his eight-week Picola District Football League suspension in Melbourne on Monday night.
Meyland was handed an eight-week suspension by the PDFL independent tribunal for two charges of unbecoming conduct on June 4.
The charges related to two separate incidents during the May 10 clash between the Bombers and Katunga, one which left Greg Joinbee with a broken jaw and another which involved Swans player Oliver Small.
Meyland originally received six weeks for the Joinbee incident and another two for the Small incident, prompting an appeal from the Bombers coach.
The appeal was heard at Princess Park on Monday night and while the six-week sentence for the Joinbee incident was upheld, the two-week sentence for the Small incident was dropped.
Meyland said he was unhappy with the process of the PDFL tribunal in hearing the case.
‘‘I want to make it clear that this is Greg Meyland speaking and not the Waaia Football Club, but I am extremely disappointed with the way the Picola league conducted the initial hearing,’’ Meyland said.
‘‘I did not get a fair hearing. We were not allowed to cross-examine or tell my side of the story and I believe I was hung out to dry.’’
Meyland said he would not have appealed the six weeks for the Joinbee incident, but was disappointed with the process which saw him charged with a second incident.
‘‘I’m gutted by the process. It’s a shadow on a terrific league,’’ Meyland said.
‘‘I’ve played in the league for a number of years and I thought it was a real slap in the face.
‘‘I’m not happy that Greg Joinbee has a broken jaw. I never meant for that to happen, but in my opinion I was provoked, which is why I pleaded guilty under provocation to that charge.
‘‘If I got six weeks, I would have respected that decision and the league for giving me a fair trial.’’
PDFL president Shane Railton said the league followed protocol in all the elements under its control.
‘‘As far as all the issues that come under the league’s control, we followed protocol and we’re happy with that,’’ Railton said.
‘‘The appeal process was exactly the same as the tribunal, which indicates to me that our processes were right.’’
However, Railton said the league would seek clarification as to whether the two charges should have been heard as different cases.
‘‘I’m not a tribunal member and I certainly don’t have the experience the members did (on Monday night), but I feel they should have been run as different cases,’’ Railton said.
Waaia president Richard Trimby said Meyland had the club’s full support and hoped the issue could be put to bed.
‘‘While the club was disappointed with the outcome and aspects of the process, it will abide by the resolution of the appeals board,’’ Trimby said.
‘‘Greg Meyland has the full support of the football club and we hope the incident could be put aside between the two clubs and the players concerned.’’
Meyland has already served two weeks of his suspension, meaning he will miss another four weeks.
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