CONTROVERSY has cast a heavy cloud over Manly Sea Eagles this week. What with player, Brett Stewart, facing a jury trial for sexual assault (see opposite page), the rugby league club is also going to get a hefty repair bill from the Parramatta Stadium Trust, which was shocked to discover a wooden door ripped completely from its hinges inside the away team dressingroom on Monday.
The heavy door was left dumped against its frame after furious Manly players and coaching staff from the Sydney rugby league club stormed away from Parramatta following their controversial 24-20 loss to the Eels on Sunday.
Stadium spokesman Luke Coleman last night confirmed a damage bill was being prepared for Sea Eagles accountants.
"I went into the away dressingrooms late (Monday) morning to check everything was OK and found an internal door had been ripped off," Coleman said.
"There were three hinges holding it on to the frame, and all three were gone. It was obviously intentional and we'll be sending Manly a bill."
But veteran Manly media man Peter Peters was boxing clever when making a response about the incident.
"I heard a huge gust of wind and then the sound of a door slamming and coming off at half time," Peters said.
"It must have been the same gust of wind that made the air-conditioning not work in our rooms. There must be some sort of maintenance problem there.
"We're doing work on the dressingrooms at Brookvale now, but we might slow it down on the away sheds for the return clash with Parramatta."