Fevola banned: Hall showdown off

BREAKING: BRENDAN Fevola has been suspended for striking at the O&M tribunal tonight.

Fevola, appearing via phone link, pleaded not guilty to striking Wodonga Raiders star Ben Davies last round.

Yarrawonga argued the vision was inconclusive.

But, after hearing evidence from Davies, also via phone link, the O&M tribunal found Fevola guilty and suspended the Yarrawonga spearhead for two weeks.

That ruling has quashed the hopes of a showdown between Fevola and Barry Hall on Sunday.

Hall makes his debut for Wangaratta Rovers against Fevola's Pigeons at WJ Findlay Oval.

The Hawks, as well as the Ovens and Murray, were hoping for a crowd as big as 8000 on Sunday, but that figure is expected to take a big hit with Fevola's non-appearance.

Fevola was yet to commit to Sunday's game. He has only committed to home matches and finals.

The two-game suspension means the former AFL star will also miss Yarrawonga's home game against Myrtleford.

Yarrawonga play Corowa-Rutherglen and Albury away the following two weeks, which means O&M followers might not see Fevola again until round 16 against Wodonga Bulldogs on August 11.

That would put Fevola's bid for 100 goals and the Doug Strang medal - for leading goalkicker - in doubt.

Fevola leads the goalkicking tally on 66, with Raiders forward Patty Rose (53) looming dangerously in second place.

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