Astley Cup rugby league brawl suspensions remain a mystery

THE Country Rugby League has banned six players involved in the Astley Cup brawl between Orange High School and Dubbo Senior College.

A fortnight after the incident took place at Dubbo’s Caltex Park during the Cup’s rugby league clash, players from both Dubbo and Orange schools will serve suspensions - the severity of which aren’t being released - from their respective Group 11 and Group 10 junior and senior rugby league competitions.

A statement was released 72 hours after the CRL held the judiciary hearing in Wellington on Monday.

In full, it reads: “The Country Rugby League has finalised its disciplinary action in relation to the Astley Cup Rugby League match played on June 26, 2014.

“Six players have been notified of their suspensions following the CRL judiciary hearing conducted at Wellington on Monday.

“With an obligation to protect the privacy of players involved in the incident, there will be no further comment or details released to the public by the Country Rugby League.”

In the rugby league game played between Orange and Dubbo on June 26, there was about 15 minutes left in the match when a fight broke out.

It spilled onto the sidelines and referees, coaches and teachers intervened and separated the teenagers.

The referees sent three players, two from Dubbo and one from Orange, from the field before the decision was made to abandon the game.

The incident provided a sour final note to the 2014 Astley Cup, with Orange High School claiming this year’s crown . 

Orange dominated the event, winning ties against Dubbo and Bathurst High School to break a seven-year drought. 

Orange had already claimed the Astley Cup during the fifth event against Dubbo, the athletics.  The rugby league game had no bearing on the Cup result.


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