WITH the Norths Chargers pulling off a spectacular grand-final win on Saturday night, it was the off-field action that caught spectators' attention.

During the game a number of scuffles broke out between the Chargers and rivalling Brothers supporters, before police were called post-match to break up two groups about 8pm.

One witness told The Morning Bulletin personal abuse was hurled between the supporters in an "embarrassing" display among families and children.

"It's only a game of footy but to personally attack people is a disgrace," they said.

The Browne Park Bar was also cut off at 7pm.

In response to the incident, Rockhampton Rugby League president Mick Johns said he didn't want the one per cent who did the wrong thing to detract from a "glorious day for Rockhampton Rugby League".

"The action on the field was brilliant... and for the 99% of people in attendance it was an awesome game and atmosphere - and the action should have remained on the field," he said.

"This one per cent brought a stain that should not have been brought to the game.

"The action on the field was top class and some of the best action you will see all year."

Mick said he believed the crowd was well in excess of 1000 people, and the efforts of the coaches, volunteers and players deserved the limelight.

"The players were magic - it was awesome," he said.

"The football; you couldn't get three quality games like that if you tried.

"There was over 100 players yesterday (Saturday), and that's where the focus should be - on those who put their passion and heart on the line to deliver football.

"I would hate to see the incident take the focus of what was an awesome day."

Rockhampton Police District Duty Officer Neil Smith said there were no charges laid in relation to Saturday night's events.


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