Ray Talimalie suspended for four weeks

Group Nine officials are still determining whether Ray Talimalie will be eligible to win the Weissel Medal this season following his four-game suspension.

SIDELINED: Young halfback Ray Talimalie won't be back until the first week of the Group Nine finals after being handed a four-game suspension. Picture: Courtney Rees

SIDELINED: Young halfback Ray Talimalie won't be back until the first week of the Group Nine finals after being handed a four-game suspension. Picture: Courtney Rees

Talimalie was cited and subsequently banned following an ugly off-field incident at Laurie Daley Oval on Sunday.

He was found guilty on three charges, verbal abuse of officials, physical abuse of officials – threat, and offensive language, under the new Bidgee incident, penalties and procedure guidelines stemming from an incident involving announcer Gavin Lamb.

Talimalie was among a number of people asked by Lamb to move away from the bench during a Weissel Cup game on Sunday.

In response the halfback then gave Lamb the bird and told him to f--k off before moving off.

The situation was inflammed further when Lamb left the broadcasters box.

It means the Young halfback will not be able to play until the first week of the Group Nine finals series.

It was the first time the new rules had been used.

Operations manager Peter Ryan said it was something the Group Nine wanted to take a stand on.

“You are going to the footy to have a day out and enjoy it, you don’t want to see things like that going on," Ryan said.

When the vote count for the Weissel Cup was last released, in the lead up to last round, Talimalie held a three-point advantage over Gundagai pair James Smart and Luke Berkrey.

Young president Robert Bush was hesitant to say too much about the matter, but did saying it was a disappointing result.

“It’s a shame Raymond has lost his chance to claim the Weissel Medal,” Bush said.

“It’s also a disruption in the lead up to finals.”

However the Cherrypickers do not plan on appealing the decision.

With Young having the bye this weekend, it means Talimalie will miss games against Temora (away), Brothers (home), Albury (away) and Tumut (home).

Cherrypickers’ Weissel Cup player Anzac Leavai was also suspended for 10 games for his involvement in the incident.