Following the recent media coverage regarding dog attacks (Senior Board of Directors) asked me to make enquiries as to where our individual clubs would stand should a dog attack occur at a ground whilst it was being used for a rugby league match, essentially whilst the ground was under control of a local club.


As such today I made enquiries with Kiama Municipal Council to get a local government authority’s perspective of who would be responsible.


The council was quite clear regarding where responsibility would fall stating that whilst the owner of the dog would be ultimately responsible, civil action could be taken against the club for allowing the dog into the ground or area where the match was taking place.


Without hesitation they suggested that as a sporting body we should strongly deter dogs being allowed into grounds.


As such, given that the 2013 senior league final series matches come under the control of South Coast Group 7 Rugby League, dogs will not be permitted into any grounds where these final series matches are taking place.


We as a league strongly encourage each club to take the same stance with your trial, tournament and competition matches effective immediately.







Jim McAuliffe

General Manager

South Coast Group 7 Rugby League


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