Lithgow enforcer Jono Van Veen is free to lead Workies' storm towards and through the Group 10 premier league finals after his dangerous contact charge was sensationally thrown out at Thursday's judiciary hearing.
Van Veen was charged by the match review committee after his side's round 15 win over defending premiers Bathurst Panthers but because the necessary footage was received late, he was forced to sit out last weekend's loss to Orange Hawks and front the judiciary on Thursday instead.
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With a four-week ban on the table should he take the early guilty plea Van Veen elected to fight the high grade charge and while he was facing six weeks off should it upheld, he was successful in having it dismissed, leaving him free to play next weekend - Lithgow have the bye this week.
Andrew Bain was also successful in having his striking charge downgraded, his one-match ban was served last weekend.