WODONGA will take Bulldog defender Sam Wortmann’s six-match suspension to the AFL Victoria country appeals board in Melbourne tonight.
The Ovens and Murray club has put up $5500 to appeal after officials were left fuming following his rough conduct sentence.
Most of the money is refundable if the case is deemed non frivolous.
Wortmann was cited on video after clashing with North Albury midfielder David Miles on April 19 at John Flower Oval and referred to the tribunal.
He was suspended for six matches, with two suspended, after pleading not guilty, and started his four-game ban by sitting out Wodonga’s Anzac Day clash against Raiders.
Wortmann was technically suspended on the morning of that match — his case finished after midnight — with Bulldog coach Ben Hollands lamenting the club’s lack of opportunity to appeal in time for the game.
Tonight’s hearing starts at 7pm.