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Rugby league parents facing bans
By Wayne Heming
18:52 AEST Wed Oct 10 2012

Four relatives of a 17 year-old Waterford rugby league player suspended for life following two ugly junior grand final brawls have been asked to appear before a special disciplinary tribunal next week.

The players' father, two brothers and a cousin have all been requested to attend a hearing by the Greater Brisbane Junior Rugby League (GBJRL) after they failed to front a hearing last Thursday.

The GBJRL has already banned the Waterford player for life for kicking another player in the head while he was on the ground.

It also gave one year bans on another 56 players - some of whom did not take any part in the vicious fighting and were on the bench at the time.

Fighting broke out after the under-15 final between West Centenary and St Brendans and again after the under-18 final between Waterford and Redcliffe at suburban Wacol on September 15.

Those banned are expected to appeal.

GBJRL chief executive Shane McNally - who played in Brisbane Easts' 1983 premiership side and also for Queensland under Wally Lewis on a tour of England that year, defended the life ban imposed on the teenager.

"He did a full-blooded kick to the head of a player on the ground. I think a life ban is a reasonable ban, that's my personal opinion," he said.

McNally disputed reports a Redcliffe player was king hit but said the club had escaped charges because it had tried to walk away.

Police and ambulance officers were called to the West Centenary ground after players, parents and spectators began fighting following the under-18 grand final.

McNally said denying people doing what they enjoyed was the best way to get the message across to players, parents and supporters.

"We certainly don't want that behaviour in junior sport. We want parents to be able to make a valued decision when they decide what sport they're going to play and we want rugby league to be considered," he said.

"If we allowed this sort of behaviour to go unpunished or under-punished what message would we be sending to those parents of whose children we want coming into our sport?"

McNally said the GBJRL had staged 43 grand finals this year and only had two incidents.

"But they were incidents we definitely don't want in our game," he said.


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