Three people stabbed in Northland rugby club fight

By Mike Dinsdale -
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Three people were stabbed or cut when a domestic dispute got out of hand in the carpark of a Northland rugby club.

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Police and ambulance services were called about 11.30pm on Saturday to the carpark of the Moerewa Rugby Club, in Simson Park, after a man, who was not a club member, stabbed one man and cut two others.

There had been a grand final game earlier that day between Moerewa and Kerikeri rugby clubs.

Ambulance spokesman Norm Ngatai said they arrived at the scene at around 11.30pm and two patients were treated, one a 30-year-old male with a stab wound to the head.

Both patients were transported to Bay of Islands Hospital with moderate injuries, said Mr Ngatai.

The patients have since been released.

Moerewa Club chairman Paul Owen was "brassed off" that the incident had detracted from an excellent finals day and after match celebrations, but said it in no way reflected on the club or its members.

"It was just one of those things, a domestic incident that got out of hand. Nobody knew he had a knife until it was too late," Mr Owen said.

"It has detracted from what was a really good day, and put Moerewa in a bad light."It was an isolated incident... One idiot took it a bit far."

One man was stabbed above the eye and had to have stitches in hospital before being released while one man had cuts to the hand and another to the arm after they are understood to have stepped in to break up a fight.

Earlier it was reported that five people had been stabbed, this is incorrect.

-with additional reporting from Nikki Papatsoumas of APNZ

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