Call for ban on tackle ‘ that killed’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: WESLEY MONTS

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