Macquarie Raiders prop Ash Conn leaves Parkes second-rower Zarin Barber sprawled on the ground in a damaging run during the first grade win over the Spacemen yesterday. Story page 29.Macquarie Raiders will formally apologise to Parkes and Group 11 by letter this week after one of their players disgraced himself, the club and the game near the end of the reserve grade game at Apex Oval yesterday.
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Just before full-time Corban Carney was penalised for a high tackle on Parkes player Jason O’Brien who took exception to the tackle and became involved in an altercation with Carney.

Carney took off his guernsey and taunted the Parkes players and when the situation was defused Carney was sent from the field by referee Peter Stanley. But when he was going up the tunnel to the dressing room he vented his anger by spitting at the Parkes people in the crowd.

Macquarie president Gavin Board said he was angry about what had happened.

“Being sent off is one thing but taking your jumper off and then spitting at the crowd is something that we won’t ever allow to happen,” he said.

“We have verbally apologised to Parkes officials and will follow up this week with a letter to that club and to Group 11.

“There is no place for that person to be involved in our club and the incident will be discussed further this week.

“I’m also sorry and embarrassed for our own fans to see what happened.”

Sadly it wasn’t the only incident for the afternoon with four players – Dylan Fuller and Jarryn Powyer from Macquarie and George Wright and Ken Gardiner (Parkes) – being sent to the sin bin.

Soon after, two Raiders – Alex Ronayne and James Munro – were ordered from the field and will be charged with running a distance to be involved in a melee.

These incidents in the minor grades spoiled what was a great game in first grade which saw the Raiders defeat Parkes 36 to 18 after they led 22 to 12 at half-time.

Some wonderful tries were scored by the Raiders and, backed up by a strong defensive display, they were able to dominate against a Spacemen outfit that has been touted as the Group 11 favourites for 2010.

Parkes were without Country halfback Dennis Moran but they were well below their best.

Their captain-coach Pat Rosser acknowledged the efforts of the Raiders and said his players lacked confidence and didn’t push the ball like they have been.

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