Taylor Whitford referred to tribunal, injury rules Chayce Jones out for season

Taylor Whitford

Taylor Whitford

LAUNCESTON and North Launceston have been left to deal with the legacies of their wins down South on Saturday. 

The match review panel has sent Northern Bombers skipper Taylor Whitford directly to the tribunal for striking Glenorchy’s Rhys Mott in the first quarter at KGV.

The pair were at each other all match with Mott also handed a summons to appear before a panel of independent judges on Tuesday night for a blow on Whitford in the third term.

Neither incident was caught on camera so both were handed over to the tribunal for the deliberation of evidence and verdicts.

North coach Tom Couch said he did not see Whitford’s alleged offence and the club would defend his actions.

Chayce Jones

Chayce Jones

“That will sort itself out,” Couch said.

Meanwhile, Launceston will be without Chayce Jones for some time after the young gun crushed his ankle early in the club’s victory over Tigers at Twin Ovals.

Tigers player Lachlan Gadomski was cleared of rough conduct on Jones but the Tassie Mariner, 18, underwent surgery in Hobart on Sunday to repair the dislocation and fracture.

Blues coach Sam Lonergan said Jones would most likely be “on ice for the season”.

“He’s had a plate put in so he will be in a moon boot for the next six weeks but reports from the doctor are positive,” Lonergan said.

“He was happy with how the surgery went, Chayce is in good spirits and is his happy smiling self.

“I’m not a doctor or anything but with a talented young player, I imagine you’d put him on ice [for the season].”

Lonergan said Jones was close to the point post in chase of the ball when he “put the brakes on and planted his feet” to avoid a collision when Gadomski toppled over the top of him.

“And then with Chayce’s motion of trying to stay away from the point post, with the force going the other way, it sort of put his ankle over the top,” Lonergan said.

“He got the free-kick for the push in the back and sort of ended up somewhat squished between the point post a little bit… is wasn’t a great sight.

“I’m still not sure on the ruling of players being pushed into point posts.”

Jones has been in good form for the Blues and Tasmania in the under-18 academy series – kicking three goals at UTas Stadium against Sydney a fortnight ago.

Lonergan said the club would keep him involved in football for the season’s remainder.

"He is a kid that loves every aspect of football,” he said.

“He is keen to get stuck into his rehab and getting himself right, and up and going.”

In other tribunal news, Devonport’s Brad Symmons was cleared for rough conduct on Lauderdale’s Robbie McManus, as was North’s Brad Cox-Goodyer on Magpie James Webb.

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