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The Manly Sea Eagles today fined winger John Hopoate $5,000 for his rash decision to play a half game of fifth grade rugby union last week. Hopoate met with Manly management and his own manager Wayne Beavis early today and accepted the fine with good grace.
The $5,000 will be spent on buying much needed equipment or training gear for the 14 junior clubs in the Manly Warringah Junior Rugby League Association.The money will be split evenly amongst the clubs.
In addition to the fine, Hopoate has to personally deliver the chosen equipment to each of the 14 clubs- starting with the Avalon Bulldogs on the northern end of the peninsula.
Manly CEO Ian Thomson said the club had no option but to fine Hopoate for his indiscretion.
"It is totally unacceptable behaviour and John knew he had done the wrong thing. However, he has shown remorse and has apologised to team mates, fans and his coach?.
"John Hopoate is a great supporter of kids and the junior league and he is happy that his hard earned money from football is going to the young players from under 8's through to under 19's in the Manly district?, Thomson said.
Hopoate said he accepted the decision made by management.
"I have done the wrong thing and paid the price. I didn't mean to cause any trouble and didn't think through what I was doing. I just want to deliver the goods I will pay for to the junior clubs and get on with helping Manly make the finals?, Hopoate said.