PANMURE recruit James Keane is facing a delayed start to the season for his new club after being reported by two umpires in a practice match last weekend.
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The ruckman was reported for striking South Colac’s Justin Mooney in the final quarter of a match at Joiner Reserve, Elliminyt. Colac and District Football Netball League operations manager Michael Limb said that under Victorian Country Football League rules, the matter had to be dealt with by the host club’s league.

He said that while set penalties were available in the CDFNL, “it was decided it should go to the tribunal”.

Limb said it was rare for players to be reported in practice matches.

“To be honest I can’t remember any and I’ve been here eight years,” Limb said.

Keane’s case is expected to be heard next Tuesday night in Colac, just four days before Panmure’s opening round showdown with Dennington.

“Because it is the host league and the umpires involved are from Colac, they try and avoid too many people travelling,” Limb said of the arrangements.

Warrnambool and District Football Netball League president Justin Balmer said his competition did not get involved in the matter because the match was played at Colac.

It is understood Keane had been impressive in the match.

Keane was a dominant big man for Warrnambool and District Football Netball League runner-up Old Collegians last season but a six-week suspension and arm injury mid-season derailed his 2011 campaign, which ended with him missing selection for key matches, including the grand final.

Keane is one of many recruits Panmure wants to unveil in next week’s season-opener, including coach Simon O’Keefe, his midfielder brother Adam — both from Koroit — assistant coach Shaun Griffin (South Warrnambool), key forward Xavier McKinnon and returning full-forward Chris Bant, both from Terang Mortlake.

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