Newcastle Rugby League: Macquarie Scorpions five-eighth Scott Briggs suspended for re-match against Central

SUSPENDED: Macquarie playmaker Scott Briggs. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
SUSPENDED: Macquarie playmaker Scott Briggs. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

MACQUARIE will be without Scott Briggs for this weekend’s re-match with Central Newcastle at Lyall Peacock Field after the Scorpions five-eighth received a one-game suspension on Wednesday.

Briggs was handed the sentence by Newcastle Rugby League officials after the playmaker entered an early guilty plea to a grade one careless high tackle charge.

Contesting the decision could have cost Briggs, who already had carry-over points at the judiciary, more time on the sidelines.  

The incident occurred in Saturday’s 18-14 loss to the Butcher Boys. It was Macquarie’s first defeat at home in almost two years.

ROUND 8 FIXTURES: Kurri Kurri v Lakes, Macquarie v Central Newcastle (Saturday); South Newcastle v Cessnock, Western Suburbs v Maitland (Sunday)

ROUND 8 FIXTURES: Kurri Kurri v Lakes, Macquarie v Central Newcastle (Saturday); South Newcastle v Cessnock, Western Suburbs v Maitland (Sunday)

* WESTERN Suburbs uncovered a 41-year-old old poem last week featuring the family name of Rosellas both past and present.  

“He’s called ‘Robert’ at home but when he’s out on his own, he’s ‘Jack’ to his mates here at West. And when he’s out on the green where his talents are seen, we all reckon he likes ‘Jackie’ the best.”

It’s part of the 1976 work by Slim Hunter about Robert “Jackie” Wright, who played 127 games for the Rosellas. Wright’s daughter Jackie now plays ladies league tag at Harker Oval.

* GUINNESS World Records will come to life at Kurri Sportsground on Saturday with an attempt to have the most people ever wearing a beanie gathered in one place.

The event will take place at 4.30pm, following full-time of the game between the Bulldogs and Lakes.  

It will also double as a fundraiser for the brain cancer foundation of club junior and first grade premiership winner Mark Hughes.