Noosa’s Noel Goldthorpe chips through against Maroochydore last month.
Noosa’s Noel Goldthorpe chips through against Maroochydore last month. Iain Curry

Punches to face in league game justified says side's chief

TWO punches on halfback Noel Goldthorpe during a Coast rugby league match were justified, Sea Eagles boss, solicitor Peter Boyce, has said.

Prop Mitch McMahon, who hit the former NRL star, has been banned for the rest of the season over the incident.

As joint-venture side Bribie Sea Eagles prepare an appeal against McMahon's ban, Mr Boyce has accused Noosa player-coach Goldthorpe of being rightly punished for a "despicable" act.

Front-rower McMahon, 22, struck the 43-year-old twice in the face after the former NSW Origin halfback roughed him up in a tackle in the pre-season final at Gympie on April 27.

Police are investigating the incident.

Mr Boyce said: "Anyone who's objectively looked at the footage of what Goldthorpe did first up will be saying it's no wonder he got it because any person would lose their cool and temper at such treatment.

"He's (McMahon) not expected to be superhuman. He's like everyone else."

Goldthorpe has not played since the incident.

Teammate Scott Hill, a former NSW and Australia star, has expressed concern over the veteran's mental state.

Hill lambasted the Sea Eagles over their failure to "set a precedent" and deregister McMahon.


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