SANFL Extra Man Final Result Upheld
The SANFL tribunal has found the most appropriate outcome would be to replay the game, but it doesn't have the power to make such a ruling.
North Adelaide had an extra player on the field for almost four minutes in the final quarter in Sunday's preliminary final against the Woodville-West Torrens Eagles.
North won by five points but admitted the extra-man mistake.
The Eagles protested to the SANFL, which referred the controversy to the league's independent one-man tribunal, retired Supreme Court judge Michael David QC.
After a five-hour hearing on Monday night, David said the most suitable outcome would be a re-match, but he didn't have the power to make that ruling.
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"I'm of the view that as this was not deliberate a reversal of the result is too savage a penalty.
"The matter should be dealt with by matter of fine and loss of premiership points for next year.
"Sadly, this is of little consolation to the Woodville-West Torrens Football Club."
David fined North $10,000, the maximum amount under league rules, and also docked the club four premiership points - the equivalent of two wins - next season.
North will play Norwood in Sunday's grand final.
Last Sunday, North kicked 1.2 - eight points in total - while they had the extra player on the field for three minutes and 39 seconds in the last quarter.
Eagles officials complained to a reserve umpire and interchange stewards about North's extra player.
But under SANFL rules, only a captain or acting captain can ask an on-field umpire for a head count of players to officially determine an extra-man breach.
It's understood North called the extra player off the field before the Eagles' captain could ask a field umpire for a head count.