Tigers want to extend their skippers contract
By ANYA WHITELAW
AFTER pleading guilty to a striking charge on Monday night Oberon captain-coach Wade Judd will not take to the field this weekend, yet if Tigers officials have their way, he will have plenty more chances to wear their colours in future Group 10 games.
Judd was given a one-week suspension for pleading guilty to striking a St Pat's player in Saturday's Group 10 premier league match at Oberon. He was sent off at the time for his actions.
According to Oberon president Ian Christie-Johnston, Judd has admitted he did the wrong thing and is remorseful.
Christie-Johnston said Judd still has the full support of the club and added they have been so impressed with what he has done for the Tigers this year, that they are looking to extend his stint as premier league captain-coach.
"Juddy was very remorseful of his actions, that is why he pled guilty and took the one-week suspension under the new rules which were put in place last week," Christie-Johnston said.
"He knows he acted inappropriately but he has the full support of the club. We are actually looking to extend his contract, we are very happy with what he has done for the club this season."
The Oberon president said Judd's actions came in the heat of the moment and while not offering it as an excuse, pointed out he was under plenty of pressure in Saturday's match.
While now skippering Oberon, Judd started the 2011 season as the Saints' coach and as such, there is a strong rivalry between the two sides.
"Oberon and Pat's have a good relationship as clubs, we have a really good rivalry there," Christie-Johnston said.
"That was the third time we have played them this season and Juddy is made the centre of attention, he's a good player, he's played for Group 10, so they know they have got to stop Juddy.
"He was their captain-coach last year, they know him and know how to get under his skin. Juddy accepts there is going to be a bit of sledging there, but I think when the scoreboard blew out a bit he just got frustrated.
"He knows he shouldn't have done it, he is remorseful."
Oberon will feel Judd's absence in this weekend's match against Orange CYMS, but it is more than his on-field leadership and performances that has earned him the support of the club.
"Juddy has spent a lot of time this year with our juniors he deals with a lot of juniors across the area but he has been really good to the Oberon juniors," he said.
"He puts in every night of the week and it's not just premier league, he has really been helping out the under 18s and putting in a lot of effort. I don't think we would have made quiet as good a comeback to Group 10 this year without him."
The president added he hopes that players from his club and the others in Group 10 can avoid any more incidents as the season heads towards the finals.