BAD BLOOD BE­TWEEN NT FOOT­BALL FAM­I­LIES ERUPTS IN BRAWL

Sub­ur­ban oval vi­o­lence

NT News - - FRONT PAGE - KIERAN BANKS

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

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