REACTION: Assistant coach of Casino Under-10 Blue Sid Lane, left, with his son David and fellow parent Grant Shedden.
REACTION: Assistant coach of Casino Under-10 Blue Sid Lane, left, with his son David and fellow parent Grant Shedden.

Coach firm: I didn?t blow whistle on boy



SID LANE, the man at the centre of the Casino junior rugby league ruckus, has rejected suggestions he stopped a 10year-old boy from playing the season's final game last Saturday.

Nathan Davy's parents claimed Mr Lane, the assistant coach of the Casino Under-10 Blue, banned their son from the field because they did not contribute $5 towards a thank you present to the coach.

However, Mr Lane said it was Nathan's father, Shane, who decided his son wouldn't play.

"I asked Nathan's dad for $5 towards the coach's present and he said, 'No, Nathan hasn't had a fair go this year'," Mr Lane said.

"I then said he wouldn't be getting any more time (on the field) than normal, which is 20 minutes or half a game because he hadn't attended all of training on Thursday. Shane then said 'Let's get out of here, this club stinks'.

"Shane shouldn't have walked away."

Mr Davy declined to comment yesterday.

Mr Lane, who has also coached a Casino senior team, said the coach's gift and Nathan's time on the field were two separate issues.

A player had to attend training to have a chance at playing a full game.

He said Nathan had played rugby union during the season and was only able to come to rugby league training once a fortnight instead of twice a week.

On Thursday Nathan had to leave training early to head to swimming practice.

"Nathan only started to come to training twice a week two weeks ago once rugby union had finished," Mr Lane said.

In addition, he said 16 boys turned up to play in last Saturday's game, but only 11 players can be on the field at one time.

"What we do is interchange every child so they get 20 minutes or more," he said.

"It's the same for any player."

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