Northern NSW Football: Broadmeadow Magic coach Ruben Zadkovich and players Kale Bradbery, Josh Piddington fined for grand-final day altercation

Broadmeadow Magic coach Ruben Zadkovich and players Josh Piddington and Kale Bradbery have received fines for verbally abusing Northern NSW Football representatives at last month’s Northern League One grand finals.

A independent disciplinary commissioner is understood to have handed Zadkovich, the two players and a spectator fines of $500 for code-of-conduct breaches, while the Broadmeadow club, which hosted the grand final day at Magic Park, received a $1000 sanction.

All five parties are understood to have been levied for the cost of running the disciplinary proceedings, but the coach and players all escaped suspensions.

“We’re happy with the process and we accept the sanctions that were imposed for breaches of conduct,” the club said in a statement.

Magic handed suspended fines to Zadkovich, defender Piddington and winger Bradbery two weeks ago.

Club president Steve Foteff said at the time: “We want to make sure everyone at the club knows we don’t condone this behaviour.”

The incident occurred on Sunday, August 27, when Magic Park hosted five Northern League One deciders from under-15s to first grade, won by Cooks Hill.

The Herald was told some Magic top-grade players and staff had voiced their anger to Northern staff about an away-goals rule which had played a part in their Northern NSW NPL semi-final exit against Edgeworth the previous night.

Northern officials had asked the group to leave the ground, which they had done under escort from security staff.

NNSWF chief executive David Eland said at the time that “members of Broadmeadow Magic’s first-grade squad were asked to leave the venue under security supervision, and they complied” and there was “a range of behaviour that wasn’t in accordance with the FFA national spectator code of behaviour”.

Zadkovich took Broadmeadow to the brink of qualifying for the grand final in his first year as a senior head coach after hanging up the boots due to a serious knee injury he suffered at Perth Glory.

Meanwhile, Edgeworth will host Brisbane Strikers in the NPL Finals Series semi-finals at Jack McLaughlan Oval on Saturday from 4pm.

It will be the Eagles’ first home game in the national competition after travelling to Queensland, Victoria, Perth, Canberra and Sydney in the past three years.

They lost the final last year against Sydney United at Edensor Park but could host this year’s decider if they win on Saturday. 

Edgeworth have lost only twice in 11 home games this year but went down 2-0 to Lambton in the grand final.

The Strikers won the Queensland minor premiership but did not reach the grand final.