QRL responds to Bundaberg's junior rugby league brawl
UPDATE 10:10AM: The Queensland Rugby League is confident security was good enough during Sunday's under-15 game that ended in a brawl.
Today the association came out swinging, publicly condemning what happened and launching its own investigation into the incident.
QRL Central Division manager Glenn Ottaway said security had not been an issue at the game between Wests and Burrum.
"The incident did not happen because of a lack of security," Ottaway said.
"It happened because of individuals at the ground who got involved."
Ottaway said charges would be laid, and that the association working closely with the Bundaberg Junior Rugby League on formulating a response.
"There will be penalties (for those involved)," he said.
"They will vary from very significant to minimal and will be done on an individual basis."
Ottaway said security could be beefed up to ensure no repeat, with junior grand finals set to be held this weekend, including in the U15s between Wests and Brothers.
"We'll work through the incident at all levels with the BJRL," Ottaway said.
Bundaberg Junior Rugby League has declined to comment.
So far, no charges have been laid by police and no teams, players, or fans have been suspended or charged over the incident.
That is likely to change when the review is completed.
The QRL released a statement this morning into the incident:
"The Queensland Rugby League is aware of a reported incident in the Bundaberg Junior Rugby League that occurred on Sunday, August 28, at Salter Oval in Bundaberg.
"The Queensland Rugby League will work closely with the Bundaberg Junior Rugby League in reviewing the incident and ensuring the necessary actions and processes as defined in the Queensland Rugby League rules are followed.
"The type of behaviour as seen during the incident has no place in our game.
"The Queensland Rugby League will be making no further comment at this stage.
"Further comment relating to the incident will be made once investigations are completed."
More to come.
UPDATE: Dave Love from the Burrum Miners team involved in a weekend 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 Heads 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."
UPDATE 4.01PM: CHAIRMAN of Bundaberg Junior Rugby League Wayne Bender said a brawl at an under 15s rugby league game this afternoon wasn't as large as spectators reported.
Mr Bender said there was not 100 people involved in the fight on Salter Oval.
"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.
EARLIER: BUNDABERG police rushed to Salter Oval this afternoon 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 was easily 100 people involved and tensions had been brewing all day and the king hit sparked the brawl.
Two ambulances were called to the scene.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said three 15 year olds were treated for minor injuries including bruises and scratches.
More to come.