No lo­cals on CCTV footage

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Antony Ste­wart

THAT’S OUR TEAM: Team 2011 lines up at yes­ter­day’s cor­po­rate launch at the Townsville En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre TOWNSVILLE TAB op­er­a­tors re­quested to pro­vide CCTV footage to in­ves­ti­ga­tors are con­fi­dent no Cow­boys will be caught up in the NRL bet­ting scan­dal.

The Cow­boys Leagues Club and the city’s Mid­town Ho­tel both con­firmed yes­ter­day that NSW Crime Com­mand’s Casino and Rac­ing In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit had re­quested footage of pa­trons plac­ing bets as part of the in­quiry when it be­gan last year.

Af­ter for­mer first grade foot­baller John Elias and player agent Sam Ay­oub were charged with at­tempti n g t o d e f r a u d b e t t i n g agen­cies on Thurs­day, it was yes­ter­day re­vealed po­lice were search­ing for four more peo­ple, with at least one be­ing from Townsville.

Cow­boys Leagues Club gen­eral man­ager Joe Kelly said no one from the game un­der scrutiny was cap­tured on the footage.

‘‘ We were asked for some footage and we pro­vided that but I can guar­an­tee it wasn’t a player from ei­ther side,’’ he said. ‘‘ We haven’t heard back any­thing from po­lice or Ray Mur­rihy, who was lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion at that stage.’’

Barry Daw­son, the gen­eral man­ager of the Lil­ly­white G r o u p wh i c h o wn s t h e Mid­town Ho­tel, echoed the same sen­ti­ments.

‘‘ We gave a bit of footage but haven’t heard any­thing from them,’’ he said.

‘‘ We looked at the footage and I can guar­an­tee now, there’s no lo­cal lads.’’

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­lates to an un­usual bet­ting trend on l a s t y e a r ’ s r o u n d 2 4 Cow­boys-Bull­dogs clash.

About $ 50,000 was staked in Au­gust 2010 that the first points of the match would come from a penalty goal. A penalty was awarded early in the con­test, but the Cow­boys opted for a quick tap.

The player pe­nalised, Ryan Tandy, was charged with giv­ing false ev­i­dence to a law en­force­ment agency over the al­leged scam. He pleaded not guilty on Thurs­day. Cow­boys CEO Peter Jour­dain re­mains con­fi­dent there is no club in­volve­ment.

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