Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Hoppers Crossing AFL junior finals brawls see assault on umpire

Hoppers Crossing AFL junior finals brawls see assault on umpire
August 15, 2017
Legal / Sport /

Victoria Police are investigating a brawl among angry fans at an Under 15s AFL Grand Final at Hoppers Crossing in western Melbourne on Sunday.

Reports say that an umpire was forced to “run for his life” having been attacked by players and parents from the Albion Football Club, incensed at calls late in the game that led to the Point Cook Football Club winning the game.

The aftermath of the brawl was broadcast live on Facebook, with adults scuffling and hurling abuse while teenage players reportedly had to take cover in their changerooms.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton yesterday advised that parents should not get involved in what happens on the sporting field.

Commissioner Ashton told Channel Seven “people (should) behave like reasonable adults not like idiots when they are around kids so they set the right example.”

Fairfax Media quoted spectator John Dodd advising that he saw an umpire give two 50-metre penalties against Albion, one for overstepping the mark and then another after an Albion player "mouthed off" at the official.

Dodd advised “that put him (the Point Cook player) right in the goal square. The siren went and he kicked a goal, they were a few points down and Point Cook won.

"And then, like bang, people began running onto the ground, and abusing the umpire.

"There were supporters and parents throwing punches at him. He was running away, dodging punches, and if he had fallen over I don't know what would have happened.

"He was running for his life at a junior football match, which is ridiculous."

Dodd, an AFL umpire, said the 50-metre penalties were "legitimate" and the incident "should never have happened".

Paramedics were called to the ground to treat a man, aged in his 30s, believed to be the umpire, about 4.30pm on Sunday.‚Äč An ambulance spokesman advised that he had minor injuries to his upper body but was not taken to hospital.

Western Districts Football League umpires’ spokesperson Mark Westgarth said the official gave a statement to the Western Regional Football League (WRFL) referring to his attackers as “people who don’t know how to behave”.

Westgarth advised “physically, he’s fine but emotionally he’s a bit taken aback.

“It was a fairly dramatic situation.

“People need to understand it’s a game, and a kids’ game at that.”

The aftermath of the brawl was broadcast live on Facebook by Joel Ives, with a 20-minute video showing adults scuffling and hurling abuse outside the change rooms.

In a statement the Albion Football Club advised that it does not condone violence of any type, on or off the field, explaining “we as a hardworking club are working closely with the WRFL in investigating the circumstances surrounding the Under 15's Grand Final.

"We will be making further comments once the WRFL investigation has been complete."

Junior AFL games in Victoria have seen a growing level of spectator violence this year.

In one weekend in June, there were at least three instances of spectators behaving badly at junior football games.

Former North Melbourne player Glenn Archer was charged after one of the incidents, following reports a runner was assaulted by a spectator, but Archer has denied he assaulted anyone.

Image: Two men confront each other in the aftermath of an Under 15s AFL Grand Final at Hoppers Crossing in western Melbourne on Sunday. Courtesy of 3AW via Facebook/@joel.ives3.

7th July 2017 - AFL DIVERSITY MANAGER ALI FAHOUR STEPS DOWN FOLLOWING STRIKING INCIDENT 

26th June 2017 - FORMER AFL STAR CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AT JUNIOR GAME

21st June 2016 - SUTHERLAND RUGBY LEAGUE MANAGEMENT STIFLES PUBLIC COMMENT AFTER ASSAULT ON TEENAGE REFEREE

26th September 2015 - PERTH STADIUM MANAGEMENT CONDEMN FAN VIOLENCE AT DOMAIN STADIUM

16th September 2014 - FOOTY BRAWLS PUT FOCUS ON SECURITY AND ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT AT COMMUNITY SPORTS GROUNDS 

20th September 2013 - PARENTS ENCOURAGED TO BEHAVE DURING JUNIOR SPORT FINALS

5th December 2011 - ABUSIVE SPECTATORS SENT TO ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASSES


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

REGUPOL

Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

INTELLIGENZ

Recreation Management Software for managing all your program registrations, facility bookings, membership pass sales and Point of Sale; including detailed reporting, automated customer communication…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Marketing / Technology

 
 

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 

Hydrocare Pool Services

Hydrocare Pool Services Pty Ltd offer 25 years of experience in aquatic industry features, products and water treatment. Hydrocare Pools has undertaken water treatment for aquatic centres and…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Technology

 
 

Crystal Pools

Crystal Pools has a solid history of performance on a wide variety of government and commercial projects and is the name behind many of Australia’s most innovative and ambitious aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Design

 
 

HIDROPLAY

Hidroplay welcomes you to the exciting world of children's Playscapes, waterslide's and Water Attractions. Appealing to families, Hidroplay increases patronage in your facility during those…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business