Player, spectators banned
Brawl aftermath: Three years for fan, Avondale’s Valzan cops a year-long suspension
AN AVONDALE player received a 12-month ban from rugby league following a brawl which spilled off the field.
The Northern Districts Rugby League has shown it will not tolerate violence on or off the field, handing out strict punishments, including a three-year ban to a spectator who was involved in the altercation, which broke out towards the end of a game between Avondale and Burnett Heads on April 12.
With a few minutes to go, Avondale’s Corey Valzan and Burnett Heads’ Daniel Honeywill were sent to the sin bin, Honeywill for dissent and Valzan for a swinging arm.
Because of the severity of the incident, it was referred to the Queensland Rugby League Central Division on Monday, April 13, for review
A three-person independent judiciary handed Valzan a two-week suspension for striking on the field and a 12-month ban from any rugby league game for his contrary conduct. Honeywill received a one-week suspension for dissent, and NDRL chairman Greg Appo said the lighter sentence reflected the fact he did not get involved in the brawl.
Three spectators received various bans, including a three-year ban from all rugby league matches in Queensland. Another person received a 12-month ban from the sport, and a third individual received a three-week ban and a six-month suspended sentence. Appo said all players and spectators involved had seven days to appeal the decision. He said the message was clear to players and spectators alike.
“The message needs to get out to everybody that you can’t get in a brawl and think just because it is near a football field that you’re going to get away with it,” he said. “What I am annoyed about is that there were children there and old people sitting in chairs who are not agile enough to get away from it.”
Appo said police were investigating the brawl, and charges could be laid.
BANNED: Avondale five-eighth Corey Valzan has been banned from any rugby league game for his involvement in the brawl. INSET: Burnett Heads and Avondale players get into some push and shove at the end of their game in the Northern Districts Rugby League at South Kolan.