We never hunted Wicks
NORTHERN United are no different to any other club when it comes to on-field trouble.
That is the view of club secretary Grantley Creighton.
In Monday’s Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League wrap-up, the Dirawongs were painted as head-hunters after a number of incidents with Grafton Ghosts prop Danny Wicks.
Wicks and Dirawongs back-rower James Roberts came to blows in the big clash – both were sent to the sin-bin. Reports stated that Wicks had been a target of baiting from the United forwards – media in Grafton suggested it was a premeditated plan.
Creighton, the man with his finger on the pulse at United, saw it differently.
“Wicks got hit hard in a clean, legitimate tackle and took exception to it,” Creighton said.
“He came up swinging and the officials just stood by and watched.
“He threw two haymakers straight-up and then they went toe-to-toe for a bit – no-one got hurt. But there is no doubt that Danny, in the fight and in the match, gave just as good as he got.
“And there were plenty of others who were dishing it out from their side as well.”
Creighton wants to bury any thoughts that his is a club where poor behaviour is tolerated.
“Just like any club, we have a few blokes who get caught up in the moment,” he said.
“And like all clubs, those blokes need to pull their head in occasionally.
“But I don’t like reading how our blokes went head-hunting or targeting certain players maliciously when that certainly wasn’t the case.”
Creighton said the Ghosts were a tough footy side and deserved premiership favouritism.
And although United were beaten this time around, he is licking his lips for a possible rematch come finals time.
“We had seven regular first graders out for the match; if we get another shot at them it will be a different result,” he said.