The Grand Final of the Ron Massey Cup – the semi-professional development league run by the NSWRL and CRL, which is effectively a level below the NSW Cup – was marred by a massive brawl towards the end of the first half.
A minor disagreement in a play-the-ball escalated, and almost every player from the Mounties and The Entrance sides became involved in an ugly scuffle that spilled over the sideline.
While the NRL has cracked down on punching, no such edict exists in the lower level competitions – and Grand Final day in Queensland was also punctuated by wild melees.
The FOGS Cup Colts decider saw a vicious brawl in the dying minutes that saw a Redcliffe player sent off and two players from the victorious Wynnum Manly side despatched the sin-bin, while the incident also caused a stink in the crowd between rival supporters.
The Northern Pride’s comprehensive 36-4 defeat of Easts Tigers in the Intrust Super Cup Grand Final also descended into an ugly finish, with NRL-experienced props Ricky Thorby (Pride) and Kenny Bromwich (Tigers) binned after a fight at a scrum, before North Queensland Cowboys forward Ethan Lowe was given 10 minutes and retiring Tigers skipper Steve Thorpe was sent off for dissent in separate incidents.
For the record, The Entrance Tigers defeated the Mount Pritchard Mounties 22-18 to claim their third premiership, and their first since 2007.