No gift, no game
By RENEE REDMOND
NATHAN DAVY lives, eats and breathes rugby league.
But the 10-year-old Casino Cougars player is doubtful he'll be back next year after a dispute between his father and another parent ended with Nathan being told he couldn't play in last Saturday's end-of-season game.
Nathan's dad, Shane Davy, said the parent, who was assisting with coaching on Saturday, told him his son wouldn't be getting any game time because he hadn't chipped in for the coach's present.
The parent last night declined to comment, but coach Cranston Follent rejected the claim, saying he did not believe the parent would say anything of the sort.
"Nathan's parents have not spoken to me about any problems," he said.
"I wasn't at the game on Saturday but I imagine there could have been other reasons for Nathan not playing on Saturday.
"I've had a great year of coaching 19 enthusiastic boys and I would be upset if this soured it."
Casino RSM Junior Rugby League Club spokesman Nevin Clifford said neither Nathan's parents nor the coaching parent were members of the rugby league club and their stories conflicted.
"It's our policy not to get mon- ey off parents for coach presents. If parents don't like the coach or don't want to contribute it's up to them," he said.
Mr Clifford said he was one of two officials at the field on Saturday and was not approached about the problem.
"We have a grievance committee set up for these issues. All the problems we have are with the parents, not the kids," he said.
Nathan's parents said they took their son to Ballina to play his final game of the season.
Mrs Davy said Nathan had been at training on Tuesday and Thursday nights and nothing had been said about the issue.
"We were told...my son would not be getting any time on the field, due to the fact that my husband and I had chosen not to put in for the coach's present and the committee of our association had made this decision," she said.
"We then left the field with our son."
Casino RSM Junior Rugby League Club president Laurence Benn said the club had a rule that each player must be given equal time on the field and put the dispute down to a personality clash between the parents.
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