By Camron Slessor, The Advocate
The Burnie Dockers have been dealt a blow ahead of one of their biggest tests early in the State League season.
The TSL tribunal have ruled utility Nick McKenna out of the Docker’s clash against last year’s premiers, North Launceston this weekend. McKenna was charged with striking Glenorchy’s Jaye Bowden in the Dockers big win over the Magpies last Saturday and accepted a one match sanction on Monday.
Coach Clint Proctor said the match against Glenorchy was a “genuine physical encounter” and he was disappointed to lose McKenna.
“The tribunal have dealt with it and there’s not much you can do about it,” Proctor said.
The loss leaves Proctor with headaches come selection this week with the ruck battle against North Launceston’s Daniel Roozendaal to think about.
“He (McKenna) is a hard man to replace,” he said.
“It might be difficult come selection and we’ll have to put our heads together to figure out how to tackle Rooza.
“That’s something we will have to identify to help (Tyrone) Morrison in the ruck and is another challenge for us.”
Although missing a key player for the clash, Proctor remained confident his unbeaten side could keep up their blistering start to the season.
“At this stage I think we have a good system here and the player who comes in will play a similar role to what Nick’s been doing,” he said.
“It’s just a situation where one soldier is down and another one steps up.”
Darren Banham was also reported on Saturday, charged with rough conduct against Mitchell Rainbird, but escaped suspension after accepting a reprimand.
Zac Smith’s report for tripping Glenorchy’s Scott Bennetts was dismissed due to insufficient evidence available to warrant a charge.
Glenorchy’s Daniel Muir also accepted a reprimand for his rough conduct charge on Clint Proctor which left the Burnie coach with delayed concussion where he didn’t return to the game.
In other TSL tribunal results, former Adelaide Crow and Clarence star Ian Callinan was charged with using abusive language towards an umpire but accepted a reprimand.
The Dockers will take on the 2015 state league premiers, North Launceston at West Park this Saturday.