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Disciplinary Report for
Jeff Colonese of Springfield College Men's 1st
Match Date: 21 October 2018

Location: WPI Alumni FIeld 100 Institute Rd Worcester, MA 01609

Yellow Card Offense

Player's Position:
Nature of Offense
repeated penalties for being offsides

Teams and Results
Home:    Worcester Polytech Institute Score    50
Visitor:   Springfield College Score    5
Time into match of Incident:   39
Score at Time:   (H)  36   (V)   0
Offending-side Captain:  Steve (?)
Opposing-side Captain:   Andrew Hubina
Weather and Field Conditions
The match started with cold gusts of wind, but it eventually calmed. It was a sunny, dry, but chilly early-evening kickoff. When the sun set, however, the temperature dropped considerably. The pitch was a firm artificial surface and lined for multiple sports, though principally for American football. The lines caused the usual confusion endemic to multi-purposed, artificially-surfaced pitches and had American football goal posts set up at the back of the in-goal area.

General Pattern of Play
Both teams were short-handed due to injuries and students being away for fall break. Consequently, the match involved less-experienced players with with limited knowledge of the laws of the game and particularly poor technique in contact areas. These factors resulted in numerous penalties throughout the match and an increase in frequency as the match wore on and fatigue set in. There were few subs and those substitutes had even less experience and/or had to play out of position. WPI had an advantage at outside centre and on the perimeter where they scored most of their tries. Generally, the quality of play and discipline deteriorated as the match progressed, resulting in numerous yellow cards and a red card. In retrospect, the match probably should have been abandoned before the last quarter of play.

Detailed Report of Incident
The offending player was warned to step back from the gain line at the fringe of a ruck. Later on, the offending player was penalized for being offsides at the fringe of a ruck and warned that being offsides again would result in a yellow card. The offending player was once again penalized for being offsides at the fringe of the ruck and given a yellow card. The offending player repeatedly yelled and used foul language while protesting both penalties.

  Thomas McNeil
Date Submitted:
  23 October 2018