Gabutu side cleared to play after paying K1,000 fine


GABUTU Dragons A grade side has been cleared to play in the elimination playoff confirmed for November after settling a K1,000 fine imposed by the Moresby South Rugby League judiciary committee.
This fine was imposed on a Dragons team official (named) who ran onto the field to question the referee on his decision and game was disrupted when supporters also entered the field but team manager Tony Wani was able to calm the situation.
At that time, the scores were 12-12 between Dragons and Vadavada United with two minutes remaining.
This fine was paid to Moresby South RL secretary Steven Francis by Dragons team manager Wani and president Moses Kumbi at Moresby South Stadium on Sunday.
Wani said it was an unfortunate incident and wanted to clear the air that he was not part of the disruption as he had run onto the field to stop the supporters.
He apologised for the uncalled for action by the club official and supporters which disrupted the match.
“We have a good record in the league and want it to remain,” Wani said.
“We accepted the judiciary’s decision to fine the club and this should set the precedent in future.” He said the women’s and Under-20s were minor premiers in their divisions and were in the playoffs while the A grade side had made it to the elimination final.
Wani said the senior men were previously 12th in the 15-team competition but snuck into the top eight after consecutive wins in the final rounds of the competition which was a testament of their determination.