Brawl may result in charges
CHAIRMAN of Bundaberg Junior Rugby League Wayne Bender said he expects people will be charged after an all-in-brawl at Salter Oval yesterday.
Bundaberg police rushed to the field after reports of an all-in-brawl at the end of an under 15s preliminary final.
The game between Wests and Burrum had just ended with Wests victorious.
A spectator who was sitting in the northern stand with family and friends said they saw one player king hit another at the end of the match.
The punch ignited an all-in-brawl on the field.
The witness said she saw coaching staff, parents and spectators from both sides involved.
Police arrived on the scene and had to call for back up with reports of up to 100 people in the melee.
The spectator said there were easily 100 people involved in the incident and tensions had been brewing all day, with the king hit sparking the brawl.
After the initial news report was posted to Facebook, comments came flooding in about the match.
Tanya Fagg posted that the brawl was disgraceful.
"I watched one player punch other players and run away into the changing rooms. I saw a coach knocked to the ground," she said.
Shannon Tombling also commented.
"...Don't get me wrong watching it was disgraceful, especially the parents. Throwing cans, punching, pushing and being idiots. Over it," she said.
Chairman of Bundaberg Junior Rugby League Wayne Bender disputed claims of the involvement of 100 people, saying the incident wasn't as large as spectators reported.
"There was nothing in it," he said.
"The game was finished and the boys started getting into it.
"The only reason police were called at the time was to calm the crowd down so it didn't escalate.
"We only had that many police here because they all decided they wanted to come."
Mr Bender said junior rugby league officials would be dealing with the matter.
"Certain people will be charged," he said.
Dave Love from the Burrum Miners team involved in the brawl said the situation was not a reflection of his rugby league team.
"It's a shame it ended up the way it was," he said.
"Burrum is definitely not about that, we are really about our rugby league.
"In the heat of the battle these things happen. Our apologies for anything on our side, it's not what we are about and rugby league shouldn't be about that at all.
"We definitely don't want the kids to act like that and we definitely don't condone it."