Dogs’ Hunt for bottle thrower hits hurdle

A lack of CCTV footage could be critical in Canterbury’s attempts to identify a man who threw a glass bottle at the Canberra Raiders’ bench at Belmore Sportsground on Monday night.

The Wild Turkey bourbon bottle narrowly missed Raiders players on the sideline, instead exploding as it hit one of the club’s exercise bikes.

Bulldogs boss Raelene Castle was confident the club knew who the perpetrator was.

However it is understood there are no CCTV cameras at the iconic yet ageing suburban ground, a situation that could hamper efforts by the Bulldogs to identify the offender and any police prosecution.

The bottle was tossed during a tense second half, after Dogs second-rower Josh Jackson was sent to the sin bin in the Raiders’ 22-8 win.

The man who threw the bottle was believed to be sitting in the Bulldogs members’ area in the western concourse, but it is not yet known if he is associated with the club.

“We’ve identified the individual and the fans have helped us identify who that person is and they’re speaking to that person,” Castle said.

“They got on it and dealt with it really quickly.

“It’s not acceptable. Absolutely not acceptable. We’ll be doing all we can to make sure that we communicate with our fans that that behaviour is not acceptable.

“They can’t get glass into that place unless you’ve snuck it in. I can only assume that person has snuck it in. We believe we know who the person is.”

The NRL declined to comment on the incident.

Police questioned a number of men during and after the game in regard to the incident, which brought back memories of last year’s ‘Bad Friday’ crowd trouble.

Canterbury successfully used CCTV footage last year in identifying those who showered match officials with bottles at ANZ Stadium on Good Friday.

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