Out of control
THIS picture shows an unsuspecting Woolgoolga prop Neil Baker (number eight) about to be attacked from behind during Sunday's controversial Group 2 clash at Woolgoolga Sportsground.
If this image captured an opposition player moments before he struck Baker it would be shocking enough. The fact that it actually shows a member of the crowd who has taken to the field to become involved in an already heated situation is nothing short of disgraceful.
These damaging images obtained yesterday by the Coffs Coast Advocate were captured by a spectator at Sunday's Woolgoolga and Dunghutti clash.
Even though the pictures aren't of the highest quality, they clearly show a situation that spiralled out of control all too quickly.
Referee Kirk Taylor abandoned the match when this brawl occurred 14 minutes before the full-time bell was due.
The assailant in white who hit Baker in the main picture was still yet to be identified prior to last night's special meeting called by Group 2 officials to hear evidence from both clubs regarding what transpired between the two clubs.
Taylor refused to give evidence at last night's meeting and has stated that he won't referee again which leaves the Group with another big issue to handle as there is reportedly a shortage of referees to choose from in 2009.
While the pictures showing the majority of players involved in a brawl is a terrible advertisement for the Group the fact that members of the crowd became involved is the major concern.
Pictures and video evidence used at last night's meeting held in Nambucca Heads clearly shows several crowd members involved in the melee as well as Dunghutti players and supporters following Woolgoolga players towards the home team's sheds even though the Broncos' change rooms were more than 50 metres away in the opposite direction.
Officials from both clubs have been tight lipped so far this week preferring for all the relevant evidence to be heard last night before making an official comment.