Leitchville-Gunbower Football Club has incurred a $1500 fine for playing an unqualified player in the 17 and under Heathcote and District Football League grand final.
A further $3500 suspended fine of two years was handed down for the rule breach.
The club thrashed Lockington-Bamawm United in the 2016 grand final by 60 points to become premiers and the result still stands.
League chairman Leo Demeo said records showed the player was listed in the correct number of games, but upon further investigation it was found he never played one of the games.
‘‘There wasn’t a great deal of dispute in the matter,’’ he said.
‘‘It wasn’t deliberate on the club’s behalf, but it did occur.’’
It was a case of miscommunication at the club and president Noel Gundry said the issue should’ve been address if they’d understood the correct ruling.
‘‘It’s clear we were at fault,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s unfortunate for the club, but we’ll pay the fine and move on.
‘‘We’ll need to research information more closely in the future and it’s something the club can address moving forward.’’
It’s an important message for all clubs and similar breaches are likely to occur without a thorough understanding of league rules.
In the context of the league this is a minor issue — with Heathcote football club player Rikki Stephens hospitalised from a drug overdose on the Gold Coast at the weekend.
A league pre-annual meeting was held Wednesday night to discuss financials from 2016 and deliver information to clubs regarding the coming season.