The Age

No Love lost as coach faces ban

Author: Peter Blucher
Date: 21/09/2004
Words: 151
Source: AGE
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 12
Former North Melbourne and Sydney player Jason Love faces a football life ban after a brawl in the Cairns grand final on Saturday.

Love was non-playing coach of the North Cairns team that rushed its Port Douglas opponents at the end of the national anthem, prompting a wild all-in brawl.

It is believed several of the North Cairns players were on the verge of retirement and desperate to break the club's premiership drought. Love himself was caught on video in an altercation with a spectator.

AFL Queensland chief executive Richard Griffiths yesterday expressed the league's disgust for the incident. He said the Cairns league would conduct an investigation.

North Cairns won by eight goals but the result is expected to be wiped and no premiership awarded.

Love played 45 games at North Melbourne from 1985-89 and 23 games with Sydney from 1991-92.

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