Drunk, disorderly fans disrupt Hoskins final


SPECTATOR drunkenness and disorderly behaviour on Saturday forced the Lolovulai AFL grand final in Hoskins, West New Britain to be called off.
President Malcolm Bai said that the A grade grand final between Pateki and St Francis had gone into seven minutes of play of the first-quarter when drunks invaded the field, intimidating players and causing disruption to the flow of the game.
Attempts to get the perpetrators off the field resulted in hostility between the players, officials and the spectators, forcing the officials to call off the match.
“We did not have any police presence on the field,” Bai said.
“All of them were deployed to Kimbe for the main independence anniversary celebrations and that made it possible for the drunks to take advantage and do whatever they liked, causing disruption to the game.
“We tried our best to bring the situation under control but to no avail.
“We had no choice but to call the game off to avoid casualties to players and innocent spectators.
“We have already identified the prime instigators and the culprits will be dealt with severely by the league.
“The matter was reported to police,” said Bai.
Bai said the grand final has been rescheduled for Oct 1 and police will be on the ground.
In the B grade grand final, St Francis prevailed over Isu Gule 46-35 in a close contest that went through without any troubles.
Meanwhile, Talasea MP and Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Francis Marus presented a cheque of K20,000 for the rescheduled grand final.
Bai thanked Marus for his support.

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