Jindera spearhead Trent Castles will play in Saturday’s preliminary final against Henty at Walbundrie.
Castles was found guilty on Thursday night by the league tribunal of a bumping or making forceful contact charge, but received a reprimand.
“It’s just a great relief for the club,” Bulldogs’ football operations’ Andy Stuart said.
“We can clear the decks now and Trent can clear his head and we can just get on with the job.”
Castles was originally offered a one-week set penalty after the match review panel watched video of the second quarter incident involving Holbrook’s Alec Sullivan last weekend.
The initial grading had three components, careless, medium impact and high contact.
It’s just a great relief for the club. We can clear the decks now and Trent can clear his head.Andy Stuart
If Castles had been found guilty of all three, he would have been forced to sit out the penultimate game.
However, Jindera was successful in downgrading the impact from medium to low, which resulted in the reprimand.
“We ascertained that Trent got down fairly low and didn’t initiate the bump, but he got him in the shoulder region, rather than the head,” Stuart said.
“It’s (being allowed to play) a relief with any player, but particularly when you have a player the calibre of Trent and he’s been a huge part of our season, he’s probably kicked 40 per cent of our goals.”
Castles had a superb second half in the semi-final win over Holbrook, kicking five goals and taking his season tally to 105.
Henty suffered a 33-point loss to Brock-Burrum.
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