GROUP Three Rugby League referees threatened to 'consider their options' regarding controlling games grand final day at Wauchope after Old Bar forward Kyle Cochrane was initially cleared to play.
Cochrane was sent off in the final by referee Zac Schembri and faced three charges - disputing a decision, contrary conduct and obscene language. He received a serious level for all three and faced a four game suspension.
However, he was successful in having two of the charges down graded to low while the disputing the decision charge was dismissed. He also received a points reduction for having a clean record for two years and for taking an early guilty plea. This meant he escaped with a caution. The judiciary hearing was last Thursday night.
However, Group Three president Wayne Bridge received a call from a referees' association official on Friday morning, indicating that the referees weren't happy with the decision and informing they would consider their options regarding availability for the grand finals.
Mr Bridge was in Sydney at the time to attend a Country Rugby League meeting. The association also suggested the group review Cochrane's recent record.
Group Three secretary Barrie Smith then checked online, as he had done for the intial hearing, and discovered data on Cochrane hadn't been updated from last year. Cochrane had been dismissed in Group 10 last year on a similar charge.
This made him ineligible for the point deduction and so ruled him out of the grand final.