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Insults, punches fly after school rugby grudge match


Spectators said intoxicated young old boys exchanged blows after a grudge match between two Gregory Terrace and Nudgee, two Christian Brothers schools in Brisbane.

Terrace beat Nudgee 30-15. Nudgee is traditionally the stronger rugby school.

Terrace principal Peter Chapman told the Courier-Mail that about six police and "a number of security officers" had been at the game.

"What we had in place in terms of police and other security I will be reviewing," he said.

Mr Chapman said no alcohol had been sold.

"There was an unfortunate incident at the end of the game which involved young adults, not students," he said. "They could have been a mixture of old boys and others who were there on the occasion."

Mr Chapman said about 50 games of rugby and soccer had been played at the Terrace ground that day without incident.

A Terrace old boy said problems had arisen when excited supporters ran on to the field at the end of the match.

Insults were traded, and then punches; and one Terrace student was taken away bleeding after being allegedly hit on the head with a bottle.

The fights were stopped by teachers and parents from both schools.

Terrace, which promotes itself on its academic record rather than sporting prowess, has traditionally won few matches against Nudgee, which offered sporting scholarships until a few years ago.

Nudgee had a dismal season this year and Terrace won the premiership.

The annual Terrace-Nudgee game is a highlight of the Greater Public Schools sports and social season.

SOURCE
School reels at rugby ruckus (The Courier Mail 2/8/04)

LINKS
Nudgee College | Rugby Results
Gregory Terrace



2 Aug 2004