Kyle Hands.
Kyle Hands.

Hands off, Doug, says Hurricane

By STEVE SPINKS

The Northern Star

THE night set aside to rule on a blue became the scene of a blue that could result in action by the boys in blue.

Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League secretary Doug Harrison and independent cameraman Kyle Hands were involved in a heated exchange on Thursday night following a NRRRL judiciary hearing at the Lismore Workers Club.

The exchange led to Mr Harrison shoving Mr Hands' camera while the 32-year-old tried to film the league boss outside the club.

As a result, Mr Hands has lodged a complaint with Lismore police and is considering taking out an apprehended violence order.

The exchange followed a NRRRL judiciary hearing in which Lower Clarence player Jack Currie was found guilty of striking (a player) and given a two-match suspension with a further two-match suspended sentence. Currie fronts the judiciary again next Wednesday night, facing charges related to punching referee Vaughn Steel after the Lennox Head whistleblower sent him off during a reserve grade match at Maclean last Sunday.

Mr Hands, who stands at 195cm, holds the North Coast super heavy- weight amateur boxing title and goes by the fighting name of 'Hurricane'. He filmed the footage of Currie punching Steel at the weekend.

"I have informed police and I am considering laying an assault charge," Mr Hands said.

"There was two cameras that filmed what happened, not just mine. I'm not taking this lightly, I'm taking it very seriously.

"I'm very disappointed that he (Doug Harrison) hasn't at least rang to apologise."

Mr Hands said he would seek an AVO to protect himself at future local rugby league matches that he covers for various local television stations. Mr Harrison, who admitted to pushing Hands' camera, believes the incident has been blown out of proportion.

"I felt the cameraman was trying to ambush the referee after the hearing," he said.

"I asked him to give us a break and don't carry on like this. I put my hand up and pushed the camera away. It's a storm in a tea cup."

Lismore police said they were pursuing a number of leads, al- though no charges had been laid.By STEVE SPINKS

The Northern Star

THE night set aside to rule on a blue became the scene of a blue that could result in action by the boys in blue.

Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League secretary Doug Harrison and independent cameraman Kyle Hands were involved in a heated exchange on Thursday night following a NRRRL judiciary hearing at the Lismore Workers Club.

The exchange led to Mr Harrison shoving Mr Hands' camera while the 32-year-old tried to film the league boss outside the club.

As a result, Mr Hands has lodged a complaint with Lismore police and is considering taking out an apprehended violence order.

The exchange followed a NRRRL judiciary hearing in which Lower Clarence player Jack Currie was found guilty of striking (a player) and given a two-match suspension with a further two-match suspended sentence. Currie fronts the judiciary again next Wednesday night, facing charges related to punching referee Vaughn Steel after the Lennox Head whistleblower sent him off during a reserve grade match at Maclean last Sunday.

Mr Hands, who stands at 195cm, holds the North Coast super heavy- weight amateur boxing title and goes by the fighting name of 'Hurricane'. He filmed the footage of Currie punching Steel at the weekend.

"I have informed police and I am considering laying an assault charge," Mr Hands said.

"There was two cameras that filmed what happened, not just mine. I'm not taking this lightly, I'm taking it very seriously.

"I'm very disappointed that he (Doug Harrison) hasn't at least rang to apologise."

Mr Hands said he would seek an AVO to protect himself at future local rugby league matches that he covers for various local television stations. Mr Harrison, who admitted to pushing Hands' camera, believes the incident has been blown out of proportion.

"I felt the cameraman was trying to ambush the referee after the hearing," he said.

"I asked him to give us a break and don't carry on like this. I put my hand up and pushed the camera away. It's a storm in a tea cup."

Lismore police said they were pursuing a number of leads, al- though no charges had been laid.



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