Junior Warriors in trouble for trashing rooms
The Warriors have taken disciplinary action against several Toyota Cup players, following reports of a drunken incident at a Sydney hotel last weekend.
Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah confirmed that the players involved in the incident following their season-ending loss to the Roosters Under-20s would be fined and further sanctions would also be imposed.
"We were informed by team management early on Sunday morning about an incident involving players in our National Youth Competition [Toyota Cup] team," he said.
"There were complaints of noise from guests in three rooms in the hotel.
"Players had gathered in two of the hotel rooms and alcohol was a factor. Given the club has a strict no-alcohol policy for our NYC players we're extremely disappointed they disregarded it."
The hotel's duty manager had called the police, Sccurah said, who the club had been in contact with.
"We've spoken to New South Wales police," he said. "They said no further action will be taken and the matter was closed."
Club management acted as soon as the Junior Warriors came home on Sunday.
"We've spoken to everyone in the team," Scurrah said.
"We've dealt with the matter and we're continuing to deal with it. We've also been in contact with the hotel and have apologised for what happened. All matters relating to the incident have been satisfactorily resolved with the hotel.
"The hotel have written to us and said: 'Thank you for your support and taking the matter seriously and professionally'.
They said they appreciated our 'promptness' in dealing with it. We insisted on reimbursing room charges to the three complainants as well as covering costs for cleaning and some minor damage.
"We've never had an incident like this involving our NYC team. We expect the highest standards from our players, which makes this even more disappointing."
Officers were called to the Holiday Inn at Mascot at 3am (local time) on Sunday after receiving reports a number of rooms had been damaged by Junior Warriors players.
Officers then helped staff remove the players from the hotel.
Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah this morning told 2GB radio host Ray Hadley the club had already spoken to the players involved and said their behaviour was ''completely unacceptable''.
Scurrah said the players had come together in a team room after their loss to the Sydney Roosters and at some stage ''breached club policy'' when they started drinking alcohol.
''Later on in the evening a small group of them have chosen to go to a couple of rooms and they've to be blunt they had a party,'' Mr Scurrah told Hadley.''They've continued to consume some alcohol and have a party, they've made an unacceptable amount of noise.
''Certainly they've made a mess - there are some isotonic drink stains on bed spreads, there was a lamp broken and they have generally messed up the room but there has been no walls kicked in or doors broken down.''
- Fairfax NZ, Fairfax Australia