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SBD Global/April 22, 2013/Franchises

Club Members Vote To Replace Embattled Board With Damian Keogh's Unity Ticket

National Rugby League Cronulla Sharks' embattled board was "overthrown" Sunday night, with the club's members overwhelmingly voting to install a rebel ticket of a new Unity group led by Damian Keogh, according to Phil Rothfield of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. The result will not be officially announced until Monday night, but "seven members of the rebel ticket have gained control of the stricken franchise." Cronulla Chair Glenn Coleman remains at the helm, but "only by virtue of the fact he was not directly challenged for the spot." The other new board member was not known Sunday night. However, it is understood former Chair Damian Irvine has failed in his bid to be reelected. Irvine resigned in the midst of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigation, but threw his hat in the ring as an independent candidate (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4/22).

ASADA INTERVIEWS 10 SHARKS: In another piece in the DAILY TELEGRAPH, Josh Massoud reported that "only 10 current Cronulla players -- not 14" -- have received interview notices from the ASADA. The first Sharks are expected to be interviewed next week, with lawyers for both the NRL and players finally in agreement over what the boundaries are. NRL rival Manly is "expected to be the next target," but its interviews won't begin for "at least another three weeks" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4/19).
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