THURGOONA is appealing midfielder Daniel Kannenberg’s suspension.
Kannenberg, who was outed for three matches by the Tallangatta and District league’s independent tribunal last week, will have his case heard by an AFL Victoria appeals board being held at Seymour tonight.
The left-footer was suspended for three matches in total for two separate charges as a runner arising from the bitter clash between the Bulldogs and Mitta at Mitta on July 6.
Kannenberg sat out last weekend’s return showdown against the Blues in the qualifying final at Sandy Creek and hopes to be cleared in time for Sunday’s do-or-die first semi-final against Barnawartha.
Mitta United lost three players — James Gray and Chris and Justin Nelson — for 11 matches from the match while Thurgoona lost Kannenberg and Sam Field for four.
Field will return from his one-match ban this weekend.
Coach Jason Sheather was optimistic about his team’s chances of bouncing back from its first finals loss.
“It was disappointing, but we have moved on and are looking forward to the weekend; we know where we need to improve,” Sheather said.
Barnawartha will pin its hopes on dynamic forwards Josh Spence and Peter Cook.
They were outstanding in the Tigers’ come-from-behind win against Kiewa-Sandy Creek with their output hinging on the accurate delivery from Jack and Tim Price and Cameron McNeill.