League investigation into Darley incident nearing completion

The Ballarat Football Netball League is getting close to handing down the findings from its investigation into the Darley brawl.

BFNL operations officer Shane Anwyl said the investigation process was nearing completion and it was hoped all findings – including any potential tribunal sanctions – would be revealed by Friday.

The league launched a probe into the after-match fracas, which saw Devils players, spectators and club officials all fighting amongst themselves.

Heath Scotland was absent from his role as Darley senior coach on Saturday as the Devils took on East Point in Ballarat.

Scotland was handed a three-match ban for language he used towards an umpire in the clash against North Ballarat City, and while eligible to coach on Saturday, decided to pass the reins to assistant coaches Dany Roy and Travis Minns.

Darley football manager Craig Baker told The Courier on Monday that Scotland would definitely return to the position, but didn’t offer a timeframe on when that would occur.

Baker said Scotland decided not to coach on Saturday to give himself some space after the happenings of the previous week.

Darley suffered a disappointing 66-point loss to East Point, looking a shadow of the team which had dug deep in the previous round to defeat North Ballarat City and move into third position on the ladder.

A league investigation is also underway into an incident involving a Melton South under-18 coach and player.