LEETON supporters were on tenterhooks last night as captain-coach Willie McDonald fronted the Group 20 judiciary over an incident that has thrown the side’s preliminary final preparation into disarray.
McDonald was cited by TLU on Wednesday morning for making reckless contact with Sharks playmaker James Williams during Sunday’s major semi-final at Hay.
It is understood McDonald was charging down a last-tackle Jaden Kelly kick and made contact with Williams that initially escaped the attention of referee Mark Stenhouse.
At time of writing, the judiciary was scheduled to meet at 5pm in Griffith to review the incident, for which McDonald has not yet been charged.
The hearing was initially set for Saturday morning because the head of judiciary, Peter Hubbard, was thought to be unavailable last night – and that the Group 20 player awards night is on Friday.
Group 20 secretary Rocci Di Salvatore said TLU was well within its rights to make the citation on Wednesday.
“The rules say they have 72 hours from the incident,” he said.
“They can wait until the last minute at 5pm on that day if they wanted to. That’s how it’s always been.”
McDonald will still be permitted to coach from the sidelines if he is rubbed out of Sunday’s preliminary final against Yenda or the grand final the week after – presuming Leeton qualifies.