Nasty brawl breaks out in Oz­tag match

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

THE first week of the oz­tag sea­son got off to a rough start af­ter a brawl broke out dur­ing a match.

About 8pm on Tues­day, Septem­ber 29, a brawl broke out be­tween two teams dur­ing a mixed oz­tag match at the Kingsway play­ing fields in St Marys.

A spec­ta­tor, who asked to re­main anony­mous, saw the in­ci­dent un­fold from the side­lines and told The Stan­dard it turned vi­o­lent quickly.

“I saw one player drop the ball and start throw­ing punches – soon both teams were in­volved and peo­ple came in from the side­lines,” the wit­ness said. “There were about 15 peo­ple in­volved – guys and girls were get­ting thrown to the ground.”

On Septem­ber 23, The Stan­dard re­ported a 29year-old was cow­ard-punched dur­ing a grand fi­nal and suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries.

Pen­rith Oz­tag As­so­ci­a­tion ad­dressed the latest is­sue in a state­ment on Face­book.

The as­so­ci­a­tion en­forced new guide­lines for play­ers, in­clud­ing “throw a punch and you will be sus­pended, come on from the side­line to be in­volved in an in­ci­dent, you will be sus­pended, teams in­volved in fights or in­ci­dents will be thrown out of the com­pe­ti­tion”, a state­ment said.

When con­tacted about the in­ci­dent, a Pen­rith Oz­Tag As­so­ci­a­tion spokes­woman would not pro­vide com­ment and said it was still con­duct­ing its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

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