PAST Brothers Rugby League Club will have to qualify for the Gladstone District Rugby League grand final for a second time this weekend after having to forfeit a win over Valleys due to a breach of rules.
After a dominating display over the Diehards, Brothers will no longer progress directly to the grand final, after playing a dual registered player, who also played in the Bundaberg competition on Saturday.
In the rules of Queensland Rugby League, Brothers breached Queensland Rugby League Rule Circular 274 Senior Dual Registration, and will now have to face off with Calliope this Sunday to redeem the loss and get into the biggest match of the year.
"The GDRL received a formal letter from a competing club asking to investigate a potential breach of rule concerning a dual-registered player in the Brothers a-grade team," GDRL operations manager Casey Bromilow said.
"The GDRL investigated this incident and discovered that a player had in fact played rugby league in the Bundaberg competition on Saturday, and then played again for Past Brothers a-grade team in their major semi final win over Valleys on Sunday."
The penalty handed down on Monday night was decided by a panel of three individuals from the GDRL community.
While installing Valleys as the winners of the match and allowing them to play in the grand final, the panel also imposed a penalty which has the dual registered player, Matt Tanner, missing the rest of the GDRL season.
"The disciplinary panel discussed this event with members of the Past Brothers executive committee and decided that the club was in breach of the rule," Bromilow said.
"The dual registered player has been suspended for two matches, removing him from participating in the GDRL competition for the remainder of the 2014 season."
"In regards to these penalties, Past Brothers has the right of appeal and can do so at the Central Queensland level."
After trying to contact the Brothers club, iIt is still unknown whether an appeal will be placed.
Valleys were also contacted and said they were happy to have made another grand final.