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Bulldogs players fined, warned by police

Old dog Dale Morris with young pup Bailey Smith. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)
18th April, 2020

Bailey Smith and Billy Gowers have been officially embroiled in Lachie Hunter’s car accident, with police fining and warning the Western Bulldogs pair.

Western Bulldogs young gun Bailey Smith has been fined by police for breaching COVID-19 restrictions as the AFL club attempts to get to the bottom of vice-captain’s Lachie Hunter’s wild Thursday night.

Teammate Billy Gowers was also given a warning for his involvement in a series of events where Hunter allegedly crashed into four cars.

Victoria Police confirmed to AAP in a statement on Saturday that a “23-year-old South Yarra man has been given a warning for breaching the directions issued by the chief health officer” and “a 19-year-old Malvern East man has been served by post with a fine”.

The Bulldogs say they are taking Hunter’s alleged drink-driving incident “very seriously” but are yet to decide on any punishment for the premiership midfielder.

The club discussed the matter at a scheduled board meeting on Friday and are trying to determine the exact circumstances before handing out sanctions.

Hunter, 25, was charged with breaching stay-at-home restrictions and fined $1652 after he allegedly crashed into four cars at Middle Park about 8.45pm on Thursday.

Police were called following reports a Toyota SUV had crashed into the parked cars on Wright Street.

When officers arrived, the Toyota was found but the driver had left the scene.


Smith was understood to have driven Hunter to Gowers’ South Yarra home.

Hunter will be charged on summons with drink driving and other traffic matters.

Police also found him in breach of the coronavirus restrictions and fined him $1652.

“We found out about the incident in the last couple of hours and we’ll obviously take the time to investigate it,” Bulldogs president Peter Gordon told SEN radio on Friday.

“Football is very prominent in people’s lives…but this isn’t the message we want to send out there.”