Gold Coast Titans to review video of security guard’s ‘heavy-handed’ hit on woman in loss to Eels

Gold Coast Titans to review video of security guard’s ‘heavy-handed’ hit on woman who invaded the field during loss to Parramatta – but Phil Gould saw the lighter side of jarring tackle

  • Woman wearing bra and jeans invaded the pitch late in the Eels vs Titans game 
  • She evaded one security guard but was tackled to the ground by another
  • The hit lifted her off her feet before she crashed to the ground under the guard
  • Titans chairman said the hit was ‘heavy-handed’ and put the woman at risk 

The Gold Coast Titans will investigate footage of a security guard tackling a woman to the ground when she invaded the pitch during the team’s loss to Parramatta on Saturday night.

Footage shows the woman being driven into the air before being slammed to the ground by the guard when she ran onto the field wearing jeans and a bra late in the second half of the match, won 26-20 by the Eels.

She appeared to be uninjured and was seen smiling as she was taken away by officials after invading the pitch, but the Titans believe the hit put her at risk of being hurt. 

The moment of impact: The guard is seen hitting the woman hard enough to knock her off her feet, before driving her into the ground

The pair landed heavily on the turf after the first impact as another security guard ran over to help restrain the woman

The pair landed heavily on the turf after the first impact as another security guard ran over to help restrain the woman

The woman managed to evade one security guard (feet seen behind her) before she was driven in the tackle

The woman managed to evade one security guard (feet seen behind her) before she was driven in the tackle

‘There needs to be a review of what happened,’ Titans chairman Dennis Watt told the Daily Telegraph.

‘From where I was sitting it did seem heavy-handed. It could have been handled better.

‘You heard this collective intake of breath around the ground. It did seem over the top and put the intruder at real physical risk.

Watt added that while guards usually do a great job, ‘on this occasion the fan could have been contained more easily than that without the risk of injury’.

Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses was shown on Fox Sports’ coverage looking shocked and raising his hands to his head as he witnessed the tackle, which took place just metres from him.

The pitch invader was seen smiling as she was escorted off the ground after the tackle, but Titans chairman Dennis Watt said she was put 'at real physical risk'

The pitch invader was seen smiling as she was escorted off the ground after the tackle, but Titans chairman Dennis Watt said she was put ‘at real physical risk’

The hit also drew a variety of reactions from fans on social media, with many praising the guard for the way he stopped the woman.

‘Tackle. Although bunker is reviewing for possible dangerous throw. Could be on report and sin bin. Then charged. Then fined,’ Canterbury Bulldogs boss Phil Gould quipped.

‘Good first contact and drove her,’ wrote one fan on Twitter.

‘Was a better tackle than Paulo’s, as there were arms involved,’ wrote another, referring to Eels prop Junior Paulo being sin-binned for a hit on Gold Coast star AJ Brimson.

Eels halfback Mitchell Moses (left) threw his hands up to his head in shock when he saw the tackle, which happened just a few metres from him

Eels halfback Mitchell Moses (left) threw his hands up to his head in shock when he saw the tackle, which happened just a few metres from him

Canterbury Bulldogs boss quipped that the guard 'could be on report and sin bin. Then charged. Then fined' in a Twitter post. Many fans also took a light-hearted view of the hit but some agreed with the Titans that it was over the top

Canterbury Bulldogs boss quipped that the guard ‘could be on report and sin bin. Then charged. Then fined’ in a Twitter post. Many fans also took a light-hearted view of the hit but some agreed with the Titans that it was over the top

But not everyone was OK with the guard’s actions.

‘Why did this bloke have to pummel this streaker?’ wrote Luke Bradnam. ‘Totally overboard, and reeks of a frustrated footy player who was never good enough to play on an NRL ground and wanted to make the most of the opportunity.’

‘I reckon this bloke didn’t have to do this … she could have been disarmed with less force. Her fault, but way too hard,’ wrote another fan.

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