Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sea Eagles Chief Slams Goldthorpe for ,Cydespicable act,CO before King Hit War of Words Follows King Hit

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sea Eagles Chief Slams Goldthorpe for ,Cydespicable act,CO before King Hit War of Words Follows King Hit

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Byline: MARK BODE

RUGBY LEAGUE: Ex-NRL star Scott Hill and Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles chairman Peter Boyce have exchanged insults in an extraordinary escalation of the Noel Goldthorpe king-hit incident.

Hill has savaged Sunshine Coast joint-venture side the Bribie Sea Eagles over its failure to C[pounds sterling]set a precedentC[yen] in not deregistering prop Mitch McMahon for punching Noosa player-coach Goldthorpe twice in the head in the pre-season final at Gympie on April 27.

Hill also plays for Noosa.

Prominent solicitor Boyce responded by saying McMahon Co subsequently suspended for the rest of the season Co had reacted reasonably to the veteran halfbackCOs C[pounds sterling]despicableC[yen] act.

Boyce said: C[pounds sterling]Anyone whoCOs objectively looked at the footage of what Goldthorpe did first up will be saying itCOs no wonder he got it, because any person would lose their cool and temper at such treatment.

C[pounds sterling]HeCOs (McMahon) not expected to be superhuman. HeCOs an individual like everyone else.C[yen]

The war of words came as police confirmed they were investigating the incident.

It was also revealed the Bribie Sea Eagles were appealing McMahonCOs suspension.

NOOSA has expressed concern over GoldthorpeCOs mental state following the incident.

Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles chief executive Phil Reeves, a Bligh Government sports minister, brought a DVD of the incident to the Daily yesterday in an attempt to support the clubCOs argument.

It showed McMahon being tackled and 43-year-old Goldthorpe, a former New South Wales representative who played 183 NRL games, pressing his forearm and then his hands against the 22-year-oldCOs face. There was hand contact near the eyes.

Before standing, Goldthorpe also kneed McMahon in the upper chest, possibly connecting with the side of the face. …

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