Investigation into brawl widened

TEN under-18 players are facing charges after Group 2’s judiciary board widened the investigation into last weekend’s vicious brawl at Macksville.

Two players from each team were sent off by referee Ken Hoad near the end of the semi-final involving Macleay Valley and Nambucca Heads. However, after viewing video footage of the incident, one more player from Macleay and a further five from Nambucca have been reported to appear before a hearing on Tuesday.

With two first grade players dismissed later in the day, it is believed to be the worst day of incidents in the history of the league. And it could have been even worse.

Judiciary chairman Bill Gibbons has confirmed several other junior players were lucky not to have been called to account.

“A panel headed by chief administrator Jim Anderson watched the film slowed down frame by frame and there were other players engaged in the melee apart from those already charged,” he said.

“Consideration was given to charging them. However, as the numbers worn by those players were not clear it was decided not to press ahead at this time.

“The sheer number of kids called in makes this case different to any other of my experience and it’s very important we are 100% spot-on with our deliberations.”



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