Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Ngongotaha Premier Men have been promoted to second on the competition table and into the Farmlands Central Bay of Plenty Premier Mens Final after a protest was successfully upheld last night.
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Competitions and Emergency Committee, which is a volunteer group of three representatives, one from each of the three sub unions, held an urgent meeting on Tuesday evening, the 1st September 2020 after receiving a complaint from the Central Bay of Plenty Rugby Sub Union Executive alleging that Rotoiti Sports and Community Association’s Premier Mens team had played two players, one in their round nine clash with Kahukura on Saturday 22nd August 2020 and both in their round ten clash with Waikite on Saturday 29th August 2020, that were ineligible to play.
After considering written submissions from both parties, the Competitions and Emergency Committee upheld the complaints and sanctioned Rotoiti to the loss of their four competition points they gained from winning both of those fixtures.
The loss in competition points promotes Ngongotaha into 2nd place and relegates Rotoiti to 3rd place. With the format being a straight final for the top two teams, Whakarewarewa will now take on Ngongotaha for the final of the Farmlands Central Bay of Plenty Premier Mens competition this Saturday at Puarenga Park.
Given the sensitive time frames involved, should Rotoiti wish to, they have until 10.00am to lodge any appeal in writing with the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union.