TWO Drakes League clubs fined for playing matches on Sykes Cup final day had their appeals shot down in flames by their fellow members.
Lascelles Hall and Hoylandswaine both held ‘counter attractions’ on their respective grounds on Sunday, August 12, the same day as the Romida Sykes Cup final at Honley.
It’s a contravention of a rule stating no club should hold any event on their ground on the day of the Cup final.
The League’s Executive fined each club £250 and ruled they would be drawn away from home in next year’s competition in every round they contest. Both clubs appealed those punishments.
Hoylandswaine were instructed to play a third-team game on their ground on that day or risked being fined by the Barnsley Sunday League, putting them in a ‘no-win’ situation.
Treasurer Tony Harrison, speaking on behalf of the club, said: "We are not denying the offence, but we are appealing against the severity of the sentence.
"It is not merely the £250 fine that is the problem, but the suspension of home games in next year’s Cup competition could feasibly push that fine well into four figures."
Speaking for Lascelles Hall, who staged a Huddersfield Giants ‘Charity Fun Day’ on their ground, Richard Shaw said an initial administrative error by the Drakes League was to blame.
"The Giants were due to hold their ‘Fun Day’ on Sunday, July 29, but when their game against St Helens was switched from the previous Friday to the 29th because of Sky TV, they asked to put the Charity Day back," said Shaw.
"We were originally led to believe the Sykes Cup final was on Sunday, August 5, so agreed to stage the Giants event on the 12th, and by the time we realised the mistake it was too late to do anything about it.
"We accept that we broke the rule, but we were literally caught between a rock and a hard place. And we didn’t make anything out of the day, as the Giants took control of the bar, catering and everything else."
League chairman Trevor Atkinson expressed his disappointment, as the Executive had specifically asked them not to go ahead with the event on Sykes Cup final day, and that had been ignored.
The two appeals were voted on by the full council, with Hoylandswaine’s being dashed 17-6 in favour of the League’s decision, while Lascelles Hall’s appeal was defeated 13 votes to nine.
Atkinson congratulated all the League’s various prizewinners for the 2012 season and commiserated with Rastrick who finished at the bottom of the Conference and will have to apply for re-election for next season.
He also reminded clubs that all trophies must be returned either to Ballcraft for engraving, or to Roger Peaker, no later than November 16.