Sailors' Scott Smith back on deck after suspension reduced
SAILORS A-Grade side were lifted by the return of suspended captain Scott Smith last weekend as they upset Barbarians ahead of this weekend's first round of finals competition.
The beleaguered captain was facing a long stint on the sidelines, originally handed a 10 week suspension for hitting a player with his hockey stick.
But after an appeal to the judiciary by the Sailors club last week, with supporting evidence including the testimony of the player involved in the incident, the ban was reduced to three weeks which had already been served.
"We were really happy that the judiciary downgraded the charge on Scott," Sailors president Darryl Clark said. "We always felt that the punishment did not match the crime in a sense.
"We did make an appeal on the original decision providing the judiciary with as much evidence as we had. That evidence was also supported by the other player involved in the incident.
"Downgraded to be a punishment closer in line with the indiscretion that was made."
Clark said it was great to have Smith back in time for the side's finals campaign.
"Scott just makes such a big difference for us in the middle," Clark said. "To have him back there definitely gives the side more experience and a big edge against our competitors."
The Sailors side head into a minor semi-final clash with Royals this Sunday riding a wave of momentum.
The side who suffered earlier in the season now hold wins over all three of their competitors in the last month.
"It appears as though it is all coming together at the right time," Clark said.