Ioane's fate with the tribunal
GYMPIE Devils coach John Greensill hopes Ray Ioane escapes punishment for an alleged high tackle against the Caloundra Sharks last Sunday when he fronts the tribunal next Monday.
Ioane was sent from the field for the remainder of the game early in the second half during the Devils’ stoic 16-12 win over minor premier Caloundra.
The incident occurred between Ioane and Caloundra’s centre Chris McGill.
Defeating Caloundra has allowed the Devils to march directly through to the Caloundra RSL Cup grand final to be played in Nambour in a fortnight’s time.
If found guilty of the high tackle charge, Ioane may miss playing in the grand final against either Caloundra or Nambour, who play this weekend in Gympie.
Greensill said the club was due to receive footage of the incident yesterday, allowing a defence to be mounted.
“We will view the footage and form our defence and hopefully Ray won’t receive a suspension and miss the final,” he said.
There is a chance, if Ioane is found guilty and the grade of the offence deemed minor, being sent off from the field against Caloundra may be a sufficient punishment.
Adding to the headache for the Gympie Devils is Caloundra’s efforts to land Devils captain Trent Callaghan before the tribunal.
Greensill said the side was grasping at straws in an effort to weaken the Devils before the grand final.
“There is not enough evidence as of yet of any incidence to lodge a complaint, so they are trying to access any footage they can find,” he said.
The Devils coach said Caloundra’s efforts were disappointing.
“I think they are running scared at the moment and to be honest, it’s annoying,” he said.
“If there is an incident that needs reporting, it should happen on game day.
“At the moment, they are pouring through game footage trying to find anything they can.”
Greensill had a parting shot at the Caloundra RSL Cup premiers, who are yet to even make the grand final.
“I find their finals preparations bemusing actually because they should be focusing on their own games and not video footage from a game that is well over,” he said.