PFNL finals: Pinjarra forward’s grand final chances hinge on tribunal appeal

Pinjarra forward Mitch Brown will need to win an appeal at the Peel Football and Netball League tribunal if he is to play in this year’s grand final, after being dealt a two-week ban for striking on Thursday night.

The Tigers lodged an official appeal in the hopes of getting the suspension downgraded to one week, which would see Brown available for selection should they beat Rockingham in this week’s preliminary final blockbuster.

Brown was cited by the umpires for striking Centrals’ Bruno Faulkner in the first quarter of their semi final clash at Sir Ross McLarty Oval last Sunday, an incident he was shown a yellow card for.

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The forward was found guilty of the charge at the tribunal on Thursday night, landing him the two-week ban.

Pinjarra coach Troy Vidovich said the club was backing Brown’s character.

“Mitch has been a great servant of our footy club, he’s a great clubman and we’re devastated at the thought of him potentially missing a grand final,” he said.

A date for an appeal hearing is yet to be confirmed.

Brown’s yellow card was one of three shown in the first half of a fiery showdown between Pinjarra and Centrals, which saw the Blues come away with a 16-point win to progress through to the grand final.