Dartmoor and Heywood match to have increased security

Extra security and a police presence have been put in place for Heywood’s home clash with Dartmoor in Saturday’s South West district football league match.

Police were called to Dartmoor Recreation Reserve when the clubs last met in April’s round three.

An on-field melee which involved players, officials and spectators was later independently investigated and 11 charges were laid.

Both clubs were fined among a number of penalties handed out, including one player from each team being suspended.

AFL Western District commission chair Gerard Lucas said the increased measures were to improve safety for everyone, both on and off the field.

“It is important that all who attend this weekend’s game are aware of their club’s Code of Conduct and treat all players, officials and umpires with respect,” he said. 

“The commission asks the leaders of these clubs to lead by example, ensuring exemplary behaviour is shown so all can enjoy what will be a competitive and skilful game of football.”

AFL Western District has also revealed it has hired an experienced filming company to provide high quality video of both the senior and reserve matches.

The commission also confirmed security staff would escort umpires on and off the field.

AFL Western District confirmed it had spoken to both Heywood and Dartmoor presidents to address their respective clubs regarding their approach to the match.