Farrell dropped by alcohol ban
A SIX-month alcohol ban from all licensed premises in Kyogle has forced Turkeys prop Alex Farrell out of this afternoon's Nova Skill Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League clash against competition leaders Murwillumbah at New Park, Kyogle.
In the most bizarre suspension of a league player in recent years, the 22-year-old won't be allowed to play any home games at New Park for the remainder of the season because it has a licensed bar.
However, Farrell will be able to play at other grounds around the Northern Rivers that sell alcohol.
The Kyogle bookend has a history of run-ins with the law.
He was tasered by police after the Tabulam races in 2009 and was put on a good behaviour bond last September.
Farrell is bemused by the latest charge that has been handed down to him.
“It's a bit of a joke, I'm getting in trouble from events that happened before 2009,” he said.
“It wasn't even from a particular incident; it was a combination of things that happened when I was 18.
“A lot of things that happened at the time was just me being a bit stupid and in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I've grown up and haven't been out drinking lately.
“I'm talking to my solicitor to see if there is anything I can do.
“All the local publicans are against the ban and I think I've been through enough.
“I've been charged and put on good behaviour bonds and managed to stay out of trouble all year.
“The judge even said last year that there was no way they could ban me from playing sport.
“I'm not a criminal and I'm ready to move on.”
Coach Mark Doolan is upset with the situation.
“It hurts us having to play without him and it doesn't help him any either,” he said.
“I'd like to talk to the police and see if we could work something out.
“I'm happy to take him to the ground and then take him home straight after if that's what it takes.”
Kyogle will welcome back hard-working prop Travis Falls who will have to fill the void left by Farrell.
“They (Murwillumbah) are the best team in the competition and it's going to be hard for us to compete,” Doolan said. Kick-off is at 4.45pm.