Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League disciplinary panel hand down three season-long bans on same night

PASS: Jason Moodie during his playing days for the Parramatta Eels. Picture: Steve ChristoRetired NRL and Origin wingerJason Moodie was one of three people to cop season-long bans from rugby league following a troublesome fortnight for the code acrossthe Hunter.
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The 43-year-old, who represented the Blues three times and played 172 club games between theKnights, Eels and Tigers, has been prohibited from attending all junior matches until the end of 2018.

Thispunishment was handed down on what was a busy night forthe Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League (NHRL) disciplinary panel on Wednesday.

Moodie, aWestern Suburbs junior coach,pleaded guilty to multiple NRL code-of-conduct breaches following his part in a physical altercationat New Lambton’s Kentish Oval on May 12.

The second man, a junior parentat the Dudley-Redhead Magpies, also pleaded guilty to allcharges and received the same sanction.

The incident occurred during an age-group fixture, just two days before the start of Country Rugby League (CRL) endorsed “Shoosh For Kids Week” encouraging positive environments for junior participants at grassroots levels.

In the senior ranks, an 18-month banwas given to a spectator with family links to the Raymond Terrace Magpies following a separate incident at Lenaghan Oval on Saturday.

He is barred from all facets of the sport, outside attending the club’s senior home games at Lakeside Oval, after initiating a physical alteration with an opposition playerpost full-time.

Raymond Terrace won the NHRL A-grade encounter 26-24 over hosts Belmont South.

A third matter,also involving a physical altercation between player and spectator, was originally scheduledfor judiciary this week butwas postponed after being investigated by police.

Both people have already been stood down from all facets of rugby league until the hearing is conducted.

Video of Saturday’s ugly incident, which took place at Coronation Oval duringa D-grade match betweenWoodberryand Maitland United, went viral online.

All parties have the right to appeal, but by Thursday afternoon no correspondence had been received by CRL.

The hearings took place at Newcastle Leagues Club.

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