BAD BLOOD BETWEEN NT FOOTBALL FAMILIES ERUPTS IN BRAWL
Suburban oval violence
A LONG time feud between two of the Territory’s most prominent footballing families has spilt over into a late night suburban park fight.
The NT News understands St Mary’s player Raphael Clarke was hospitalised after an arranged fight between a footballer from Wanderers at Anula Park early Sunday morning.
It is understood Clarke and the other player exchanged words in the CBD and agreed to meet with their teammates at the park to settle an ongoing feud.
The player accused of felling Clarke belongs to one of the Territory’s most famous footballing families.
Clarke was allegedly struck from behind. Despite the knock to the head no paramedics were called to the oval according to St John’s Ambulance. It is believed Clarke was driven to Royal Darwin Hospital by his mates but left shortly after. The incident is yet to be reported to police, an NT Police spokeswoman said.
The rivalry is said to be fuelled by the aftermath of St Mary’s Grand Final celebrations following their victory over Wanderers three years ago. St Mary’s president Steve Ludwig said he had heard of the confrontation but was unaware of the specific details of the incident.
“It is in the players circles. I don’t have the details,” he said.
He said Clarke trained with the St Mary’s squad during the week and had been named to play against Buffaloes this afternoon.
Mr Ludwig said he would be surprised if Clarke didn’t report the incident to police.
In an unrelated incident, Clarke was also allegedly headbutted during the round one match with Nightcliff earlier last Saturday.
Tigers ruckman Aisake O’hAilpan was cleared of the charge. St Mary’s and Wanderers are due to play each other in round five of the NTFL on Friday night, November 3.
Raphael Clarke, left, celebrates with Jackson Geary after winning the 2017 NTFL Premier League GF