Loud drunks or just a bit of rivalry at cricket final?

VICTORY is sweet but off-field antics at the A-grade cricket grand final had some spectators feeling sour after the game.

The match was played at Keith Dunne Oval in Hervey Bay on April 5 between hosts, Cavaliers and Past Grammars.

While the match was exciting, volunteer scorer, Deb Saunders said it was overshadowed by drunk and loud spectators from rival teams.

"The actions of several members of the Hervey Bay Bushrangers and other clubs, who were not involved in the game, marred an otherwise great day out," she said.

"Their drunken behaviour and total lack of respect for other spectators, players, officials and volunteers cannot help but reflect on their clubs."

Senior player and Bushrangers committee member Jason Riley admits his teammates had a bit to drink but he didn't feel the situation was out of hand.

"It's just a bit of rivalry between two teams with a long history," he said.

Hervey Bay Cricket Association president Deb Gibson said the committee would be addressing behavioural issues during the off-season however she puts it to senior players to act responsibly as role models for younger players.

"We certainly don't tolerate this behaviour," she said.



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