Incident goes to central division
WARWICK and District Junior Rugby League president Liz Henry said standard processes were taking place in regard to an incident at the junior rugby league at the weekend.
“It’s being done according to Queensland Rugby League (QRL) guidelines, it is the same processes as we always adhere to when something happens at a game,” she said.
Mrs Henry said she wasn’t sure how long the investigation would take.
It was alleged the mother of a Collegians player walked on to the field during the under-16s game against Goondiwindi and repeatedly “upper cut” a boy in the rival team.
Queensland Rugby League Central division manager Rex Zeeman said he was aware of the alleged incident and it was being investigated.
“It is the responsibility of the governing body, which in this case is the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League, to carry out a full investigation,” he said.
“These things take time and there are rules and processes to follow and that has a time line.
“Warwick and District Junior Rugby League are taking action and they have consulted us in regard to what they are doing and making sure they do the right thing.”
He said all reports received would have to be considered, whether they were oral or written, and judgments would be made from there.
The game was filmed.
The QRL has the authority to suspend spectators and parents from attending games and it has been done in the past.
The Daily News contacted Collegians president Terry Dwan again yesterday but he again declined to comment.
Some people expressed concerns that a Goondiwindi person had also entered the field, although there were no suggestions he had become directly involved in any physical altercation.
A spokesman for the Goondiwindi team said the club’s president had walked on the field after the incident occurred.
The spokesman said the club couldn’t do much more than wait for the investigations to finish.
“Until there is a result there is not much more to say and we believe all of the investigations and due processes are being done correctly,” he said.
Warwick police attended the scene on the day but yesterday said there had been no formal complaints in regard to the incident and it was still a matter for the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League.
The incident was understood to have been on the agenda of a Wattles team meeting last night after parents expressed concerns over the incident.
The parent of a Stanthorpe Gremlin’s under-16 player, Chris Binge, said the incident did concern him.
“There has to be action, you can’t just let something like that go,” he said.
“I have seen a bit of that mentality in the league and you get that in every sport but some worse than others,” he said.