Players from the Maclean Bobcats soccer club run to defend their goalkeeper, Terry Wratten, after allegedly being hit by one of
Players from the Maclean Bobcats soccer club run to defend their goalkeeper, Terry Wratten, after allegedly being hit by one of

Brawl mars Bobcats match

By EMMA CORNFORD

FOOTBALL fans witnessed a rare occurrence at Barry Watts Oval in Maclean on Saturday as a brawl erupted between Maclean Bobcats and Richmond Rovers players.

According to Bobcats player and Daily Examiner columnist Grant Neilson, the fight started when the Rovers player made a late challenge to Bobcats goal keeper Terry Wratten.

"He came in with his studs up and kicked him and stood over him so one of our players came across and grabbed the Rovers player's shirt to move him away, and next thing the Rovers player punched him, whack, whack, whack, in the head," Mr Neilson said.

"From there players came in from everywhere and there were punches thrown by lots of different players."

Craig Anderson, the Bobcats player served with a red card, is looking at suspension but Mr Neilson said he thought it unlikely.

"We were really the innocent party in all of this. Craig basically got sent off for being punched in the face.

"We'll probably get a fax from the soccer association saying he's been suspended but we'll challenge that ... because after the match the ref said he was well aware that Craig had just been protecting himself. I think the Rovers guy will find himself in deep water, though."

The match ended in a one-all draw.



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