Grafton Tigers lose grand final and cop a brawl

By TONY WHITE twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE North Coast AFL has launched an investigation into an ugly all-in brawl involving spectators and players following the Under-18 grand final between Grafton Tigers and Nambucca Lions at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

It is understood players from both teams were involved in a heated post-match dispute which erupted into a brawl when a rival spectator allegedly threw a punch at a Grafton player's father.

The brawl involving players and spectators lasted several minutes.

Coffs Harbour police were called and they interviewed several people.

North Coast AFL president Jim Woodlock confirmed yesterday the matter was being investigated.

"I can't go into details but there is an investigation by the league into an incident after the Under-18s game," Woodlock said. "Some people have been interviewed and when we get footage of the match the incident is likely to be tabled for consideration at the executive meeting in Coffs Harbour on Thursday evening," Woodlock said.

He did confirm, however, spectators from both teams were involved. The Under-18 blow-up marred what was a great grand final day. Woodlock said around 1500 people attended the matches.



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