THREE players received bans after fronting the Western Vic Football tribunal on Wednesday night.
Natimuk United coach Tim Friend’s season came to a premature end after he received a two-match ban for striking Pimpino’s Sam Lehmann during their Horsham District league clash at the weekend.
The ban ends a controversial season for Friend, who was suspended earlier in the year for conduct unbecoming after criticising the league on social media.
He had a huge year in front of goal, booting 47 goals from 13 matches, and he led his side to six wins and sixth position on the ladder going into their final game against Laharum on Saturday.
With the Rams unable to make the finals, one match of Friend’s ban will carry over into the 2015 season.
Nhill senior footballer Brent Marra was handed a four-week suspension for using abusive, threatening or obscene language towards or relating to an umpire in his side’s Wimmera league match against Horsham at the weekend.
Western Vic Football manager Steve McQueen said two weeks of the ban were suspended until the end of 2015.
Stawell under-17 player Pilo Dagiaro was found guilty of striking and received a two-match ban.