Parramatta Eels‘ captain, Kennedy Cherrington, has been met with a four-match suspension following her part in a spear tackle that saw her sent off during the third round of the NRL Women’s (NRLW) season.
This outcome serves another devastating blow to the reigning runner up team, already laboring from the absence of injured recruits, Elsie Albert and Rachael Pearson. The Parramatta Eels have yet to secure a victory in the newly increased 10-team competition, being the sole club not to have a win to their name.
The incident in question happened during Sunday’s match at CommBank Stadium. Cherrington and teammate Madeline Jones were implicated in a perilous throw against Newcastle’s forward, Laishon Albert Jones, in the second half of the game.
As a result, Cherrington made history for all the wrong reasons, becoming only the second player in the entire history of NRLW to be shown a red card. Ashleigh Werner, a player from Brisbane, was the first to face this fate for biting an opponent during the first-round of the season.
It signaled a grim outcome for the Parramatta Eels, who had already fallen behind at 18-4, going on to lose at a final score of 38-4.
The match review committee quickly assessed Cherrington’s tackle, categorising it as a high-severity, grade-three offence, and referred the case to the judiciary directly afterwards.
The impact of Cherrington’s suspension, the team’s unyielding lock forward, will be felt in upcoming matches against Brisbane, Canberra, North Queensland and the Sydney Roosters.
The news comes on the heels of Newcastle forward Caitlan Johnston also accepting a one-match ban. Johnston was sin-binned for a high shot against Parramatta Eels‘ rookie, Kelsey Clark.