Benalla has requested a Goulburn Valley Football League investigation into an incident that left Will Martiniello with a broken jaw during the Saints' clash with Seymour on Saturday.OLIVER CAFFREY September 2, 2014 3:10am
Benalla has requested an investigation into an alleged incident from Saturday’s Goulburn Valley Football League match against Seymour.
Star midfielder Will Martiniello was left with smashed teeth and a broken jaw in two places after an alleged incident late in the last quarter of the round 18 victory against the Lions at Benalla Showgrounds.
Martiniello spent Saturday night in Wangaratta Hospital before being transferred to Royal Melbourne Hospital on Sunday for surgery.
The incident and aftermath overshadowed the Saints becoming the first GVFL team to go through the home-and-away undefeated in 21 years.
Martiniello will miss Benalla’s finals campaign as it aims to win its first Goulburn Valley flag since rejoining the league in 1998.
Benalla lodged official paperwork with the league yesterday.
League general manager Keith Wellman said an independent officer would be appointed to handle the investigation.
The investigation has to be completed within a set period of time, which will be confirmed in coming days.
Meanwhile, a Benalla under-18 player was reported for striking a Seymour opponent earlier in the day at Benalla Showgrounds.
In the Murray Football League, Deniliquin Rams’ Anthony Bull has been offered a one-week ban after being reported for striking Echuca United’s Nathan Bottomley in a fiery elimination final at Tongala on Saturday.
Mulwala’s Troy Richies was reported for striking an unnamed player during a reserves elimination final at Deniliquin the following day.
There were two reports from the opening round of Kyabram District Football League finals.
Murchison’s Jake Rennie was booked by three umpires for kicking Avenel’s Joshua Brinkhuizen during the Grasshoppers’ elimination final win at Violet Town on Sunday and will front the tribunal this week.
Violet Town’s Albert Hill was reported for making forceful front-on contact to Rushworth’s Luke Wakeling during the reserves elimination final at Ardmona Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
A Goulburn Valley winery has tasted a trifecta of success after being inducted into the state’s tourism hall of fame.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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