Brawling clubs hit with penalties

THE NTFA is set to announce today significant fines of several thousands of dollars each and severe loss of premiership points for the Old Scotch Collegians and Fingal football clubs  as punishment for the all-in brawl that caused their game to be abandoned by the umpires nearly two weeks ago.

 The Examiner  understands that Old Scotch will receive a fine of $4000 and will lose 16 premiership points while Fingal will be fined $6000 and forfeit 24 points.

The NTFA board met last night to consider the recommendations of an independent investigator appointed to conduct an inquiry into the brawl.

It was expected that they would announce the penalties decided on after the meeting but NTFA general manager Robert Anderson said last night that there would be no information released until clubs were advised of the outcome.

``We finished our meeting and have made our decisions but we are in the process of advising all of our 20 member clubs,'' he said.

``We have invited the media out to our offices at 10am tomorrow morning where there  will be a press release outlining the why and what and everything else that we've done.'' 

Old Scotch and Fingal are the top two teams on the NTFA division 2 ladder.

Such a significant loss of premiership points would see both relegated to near the bottom of the ladder and affect their finals chances this season.

Action from last year's NTFA division 2 grand final where Old Scotch defeated Fingal in a heated clash.

Action from last year's NTFA division 2 grand final where Old Scotch defeated Fingal in a heated clash.

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