Ju­nior footy in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Talks af­ter player hit by adult

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES BRESNEHAN

A SIX-HOUR meet­ing into an al­leged ju­nior foot­ball as­sault “helped im­mensely” in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent which shook the state’s largest ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion.

South­ern Tas­ma­nian Ju­nior Foot­ball League ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Tony Gib­son said the marathon meet­ing with the New Nor­folk and Lind­is­farne clubs was a ma­jor step for­ward in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

It is al­leged a Lind­is­farne player was struck while on the field by the par­ent of a New Nor­folk player soon af­ter the fi­nal siren in a match at Tyn­wald Park on June 25.

Of­fi­cials from ju­nior clubs to the high­est level of state foot­ball have con­demned any acts of vi­o­lence in and around the game.

The fa­ther of the boy who was al­legedly hit, who did not wish to be named, said the game had fin­ished and both teams came to­gether to shake hands.

“A bit of push­ing and shov­ing broke out among a num­ber of boys and then a num­ber of par­ents de­cided to jump in and pull kids out,” he said.

It was at this point his son, who he said had been play­ing ju­nior footy for eight years, was al­legedly struck and an am­bu­lance was called.

The STJFL launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and Thurs­day night’s meet­ing was the big­gest step for­ward so far.

“What hap­pened at the meet­ing will form part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, so I can’t com- ment on that,” Gib­son said.

“We made good progress be­ing able to gather the in­for­ma­tion from both par­ties. The clubs co-op­er­ated. It helped im­mensely.”

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

“We’ve still got a few more in­ter­views that we need to do,” Gib­son said.

“Not nec­es­sar­ily with those clubs. Other peo­ple who were at the venue — other wit­nesses.”

Clarence joined King­bor­ough Tigers in voic­ing con­cerns about play­ing games against New Nor­folk.

The Roos’ ju­nior pres­i­dent Nigel Isaac said to his play­ers, par­ents and mem­bers in a Face­book mes­sage: “Vi­o­lence in any as­pect needs to be ad­dressed and taken very se­ri­ously.”

The STJFL in­ves­ti­ga­tion could be com­pleted by the end of this week.

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