Mallee Park footballer Billy’O Roderick banned for life

BANNED: Billy'O Roderick was banned from football for life this week.

BANNED: Billy'O Roderick was banned from football for life this week.

Mallee Park player Billy’O Roderick has been handed a life ban from football after being found guilty of striking earlier this week.

Mr Roderick was found guilty at the Port Lincoln Football League tribunal on Tuesday, May 15, for careless or intentionally striking a Lincoln South player in the opening round of the reserves competition on Saturday, April 24.

He was sentenced to three matches, but as he had accumulated over the threshold of 16 he was banned for life and deregistered. 

Under the Australian Football League Deregistration Policy any player suspended for 16 games will have a lifetime ban.

A player can appeal the ban after 12 months from the date of the ban.

Port Lincoln Football League chairperson Faye Davis said the commissioner concluded Mr Roderick was in breach of the rules and found guilty.

Mr Roderick is the second Mallee Park player handed a life suspension within eight months, after fellow Pecker Barry Johncock was banned for life in September 2017.