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Queanbeyan Kangaroos reserve grade captain granted an appeal against song suspension

Queanbeyan Kangaroos reserve grade captain-coach Peter Hunt, who was banned for leading the team's expletive-laden victory song, could feature in the finals after being granted a new hearing.

The Country Rugby League has sanctioned the appeal and it will be held at Raiders Belconnen on Saturday.

If Hunt has his suspension overturned, he will be eligible to lead the Kangaroos into battle for Sunday's reserve grade preliminary final against the Queanbeyan Blues at Seiffert Oval.

The Kangaroos had their appeal approved after it was decided they didn't have sufficient notice of the charges against Hunt to mount a defence.

They found out less than 12 hours before they fronted the judiciary that Hunt had been cited along with the club itself, which was fined $1000.

Kangaroos general manager Leigh Kiely was satisfied they would get a fair hearing with the CRL to show why Hunt shouldn't be punished for the team singing its song.


"We don't know how they can blame the one player when all 20 had sang it," Kiely said.

"I think he's got a very strong case, but win, lose or draw, we'll get a fair hearing.

"If they find us guilty, we'll be happy that they heard all the evidence and we had a chance."

The CRL has had to assemble a committee for the new hearing after the Kangaroos didn't want the Canberra Regional Rugby League appeals committee involved.

Hunt was suspended for the rest of the season when the Kangaroos sang their team song containing offensive language within hearing distance of spectators after they beat the Gungahlin Bulls in the elimination final at Workers Arena in Goulburn on August 17.

A complaint to the Big Sports Breakfast program on Sky Sports radio brought the matter to the public's attention.

The CRL has subsequently sent a memo to clubs asking them to clean up the language in their club songs.

The Kangaroos have adopted a new tune that is more family friendly.

CRL operations manager Robert Lowrie said the initial application from the Kangaroos to have the suspension reduced or overturned wasn't possible under its constitution.

"It was granted on the fact they were not notified of the charges in sufficient time of the hearing," Lowrie said.

"We listened to the audio from the hearing and we're quite comfortable with the fact it was raised at the hearing.

"They weren't fully aware of the charges going in."

CANBERRA RAIDERS CUP: First-grade preliminary final: Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Goulburn Bulldogs on Sunday at Seiffert Oval, 3pm.