Call for ban on tackle ‘ that killed’
THE family of Queensland Cup forward James Ackerman says it “breaks their heart” the illegal tackle that killed the father- of- two continues to be seen in rugby league every weekend.
Speaking on the final day of the inquest into Mr Ackerman’s death, Sonya Ackerman said nothing had changed in the two years since her son was shoulder- charged during a match by then Brisbane Broncos- contracted prop Francis Molo.
“The shoulder charge is outlawed in the game, yet every weekend we continue to see it happen and we owe it to James that it’s removed permanently forever,” Mrs Ackerman said outside the court yesterday.
“I don’t understand how rugby union and AFL can get it so right and our game gets it so wrong. We’ve got two little kids growing up without a father and it’s pointless. It’s just meaningless.”
Brisbane Coroners Court heard Mr Ackerman was running at the Norths Devil’s defence after a kick- off when he collided with Mr Molo just four minutes into the June 2015 match. The 25- year- old died in hospital two days later from a tear to an artery in his skull.
Deputy state coroner John Lock is expected to hand down his findings later this year.
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