For the first time in my life, I have been left disillusioned and angry about what I witnessed over a weekend of attending live sports in Adelaide. Over the weekend I attended a weekend of sports on Saturday a SANFL game, and on Sunday the NRL SA Senior Men’s Grand Final both games were close and a comeback from a 20-0 deficit to win in the golden point.
The only downside to both football codes was the violence and the disgusting behavior shown by the fans at the SANFL match towards the umpires. And a stupid, reckless person that was associated with the winning team antagonizing the losing team and causing a brawl that got out of control endangering children and members of the public.
You expect to hear sledging towards the umpires and the players during the match and yes maybe the umpires do make mistakes or they make a ruling that is going to upset the fans. You have to remember the umpires have been off the field as long as the players don’t get the luxury of being able to have a breather on the bench and they have to always have their head on a swivel and make split-second decisions that is going to impact one of the teams at that moment.
But when fans throw items and are out for blood as the umpires make their way off the field after the match has ended. That is where I draw the line. I was standing with a member of my family in enemy territory and being sledged by a mate who went for the other team the sledging I got was all in fun I gave as good as I got. But that is where my participation ended.
What up until the siren to end the NRL SA Senior Men’s Grand Final was a great demonstration of rugby league in Adelaide. Coming back from a 20-0 deficit to win 29-25 in Golden Point was no easy feat. What should have been a celebration for the winning team and rugby league in South Australia was overshadowed by the violence and the total reckless behavior shown by a person associated with the winning team inflaming what was a volatile situation already.
After witnessing the violence on Sunday, I was so angry all I wanted to do was pack up and leave the ground. I was at the match as a member of the media so I could not leave straight away.
I am now left disillusioned about organized sport in Adelaide and am thinking of turning my back on sport closing up shop on my sports media coverage of South Australian sports. I love sports, especially grassroots sports, and I am passionate about South Australia getting a new rugby team in the NRL. I currently follow an NRL team but now I do not feel I can support Rugby League in South Australia.
I must make it clear that I do not feel the SA NRL is to blame they should be congratulated on putting on what was a great day of rugby league from the kid’s games leading up to the main event the Senior Men’s Grand Final. For a sport that is not as popular in South Australia (SA) as it is in the eastern states. SA can hold its own in producing some great rugby league players and a great competition, it is just a shame that it just takes a few hot heads to ruin what was a great day.
FACEBOOK COMMENTS FROM THE INCIDENT AT THE NRL SA SENIOR MEN’S GRAND FINAL
- What a disgusting ending to the Grand Final today. We had elderly people with us for a day out and they were horrified. Shame on them “FACEBOOK”
- It’s on the – actually. The NRLSA had no idea that the SENIORS FOR – would attack innocent children and by standers. They couldn’t have predicted that the seniors who are meant to be adults and role models would attack younger children, elderly and other innocent people involved. “FACEBOOK”