EDFL to in­ves­ti­gate ugly un­der 16 melee

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

The Ellinbank Dis­trict Football League board will con­duct fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions into an ugly melee at the end of the un­der 16 pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Long­warry on Satur­day.

The Gazette un­der­stands an al­leged strike from a Poowong player sparked the in­ci­dent just be­fore the full-time siren, with of­fi­cials and spec­ta­tors be­com­ing in­volved.

While the Gazette un­der­stands that the Poowong player has taken a set penalty, it will be a ner­vous wait at tonight’s tri­bunal for the War­ragul In­dus­tri­als with the um­pires putting an In­dus­tri­als run­ner and player into the book.

EDFL op­er­a­tions man­ager Ken Moore said while the board of man­age­ment had yet to meet to con­sider the in­ci­dent, the board would is­sue a ‘please ex­plain’ to both clubs as in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

“We’ll send a stern warn­ing to all clubs that (good) be­haviour is paramount,” he said.

“We’ll is­sue a re­minder that we’re not happy with any mis­be­haviour, that they’re ob­li­gated to abide by the code of con­duct and we don’t want to see a re­peat.

“It could be that both clubs re­ceive a sus­pended fine go­ing into next year, but we’re still get­ting the facts.

“We’ll ask for a please ex­plain from both clubs to find out what tran­spired and then eval­u­ate it.”

Mr Moore said the melee had been an iso­lated in­ci­dent in an other­wise suc­cess­ful fi­nals series. “That’s been the only aber­ra­tion,” he said. “With the ex­cep­tion of that in­ci­dent ev­ery­thing has run like clock­work and gone re­ally smoothly.

“The gates have been healthy, with each fi­nal about an $1000 in­crease on last sea­son.”

Mr Moore said the board was look­ing for­ward to a suc­cess­ful grand fi­nal day on Satur­day.

“With five teams par­tic­i­pat­ing and Poowong in the se­nior netball, there should be plenty of in­ter­est,” he said.

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