Brothers steps up ground security
ROCKHAMPTON Brothers Rugby League Club will introduce tough new security measures at home games to prevent a repeat of the drunken Comets' saga.
From Sunday, all people entering the ground will be subject to security checks and bag searches.
Club president Jack Kennedy yesterday said two security officers would be employed for each of the remaining seven 2006 home games at Victoria Park.
Their roles would include patrolling the ground during matches.
Mr Kennedy's message to fans yesterday was loud and clear: "If you want to be abusive to referees, touch judges, or spectators, don't come because you'll be wasting your six bucks,'' he said.
"We want to make it a familyfriendly atmosphere, without the mugs, loutish behaviour and drunks.''
No alcohol is permitted to be taken into the ground but it will be on sale at the venue.
The get-tough approach follows a drunken incident involving Comets' co-captain Denny Lambert, enforcer Peter Penaia and prop Marty Oborn on March 12.
Police were called in to remove the trio from Victoria Park. The players were dealt with internally for their behaviour which breached the Comets' code of conduct.
Mr Kennedy said the new security measures were long overdue for rugby league in Central Queensland.
"I've been involved for 10 years and I don't think my wife has been to a grand final yet,'' he said.
"We will eliminate the bad behaviour and if we've got to take further measures, we will.''
Mr Kennedy said the club was also looking to extend its liquor licence to cover the entire ground.
He said keeping all the drinking spectators in a confined area sometimes posed problems.
Mr Kennedy has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute after the Central Comets complained to the QRL Central Division over his actions following the drunken incident.