Under-11 rugby game fight ‘not a good look’
Police are imploring the public to behave responsibly in front of children after punches were thrown at an under-11s rugby match recently.
Kapiti- Mana area commander Inspector John Price said the fight, among officials and spectators at Porirua Park on June 30, was probably a one-off incident but people need to take responsibility for their actions, especially in front of kids.
‘‘It’s not the sort of thing you want to see or hear about – not a good look for any community.’’
Police were called to the ground after a fight broke out just before 11am, about 20 minutes into the match between Paremata-Plimmerton and Northern United.
The Paremata-Plimmerton coach had walked on to the ground to raise concerns about head-high tackles when he was allegedly assaulted.
Punches then broke out among spectators and one person was knocked to the ground.
Two men, aged 43 and 35, appeared in Porirua District Court on July 3, charged with common assault. They were granted interim name suppression and remanded on bail to appear again this week.
Paremata-Plimmerton RFC’s junior convenor Neil Parsons said they would reassure their kids the incident was nothing to do with them.
‘‘Kids’ sport can be taken quite seriously but this is the first time I’ve heard of something like this.
‘‘ There won’t be any fingerpointing but it’s a reminder to all parents of their responsibilities on the sideline and we’ll be communicating that to our club members.’’