Teen to contest charges over Ballarat Football League assault

A YOUNG man charged over an on-field football assault which left an East Point player in hospital with a broken jaw will contest the charges against him, a court has heard. 

Bryce Pinder, 18, of Bacchus Marsh, appeared briefly in Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday.

Pinder is charged with recklessly causing serious injury, recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault following the off-ball incident which occurred during an under-18.5 game at East Point's home ground in June.

A Victoria Legal Aid defence solicitor told magistrate Michelle Hodgson the matters "have not resolved"', adding Pinder would contest the charges. 

Pinder didn't enter any plea on Monday.

Pinder, who was supported in court by his mother, will re-appear on October 9 for a contest mention hearing. 

Pinder's bail was extended in the meantime. 

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