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Hawks fine, ban Renouf over car damage

22/12/2008 05:55:42 PM Comments (0)

An alcohol-fuelled jump on two parked cars has cost Hawthorn premiership ruckman Brent Renouf a suspension and a fine, with a repair bill and probably criminal damage charges to come.

The 20-year-old - whose seven games in his debut 2008 season included the Hawks' grand final victory over Geelong - leapt onto one car and then to the other, the damage including shattering the windscreen of the second vehicle.

The incident happened about 1am (AEDT) Sunday after he had been drinking at the Geebung Polo Club in Hawthorn.

The Hawks' leadership group and club management met on Monday and ordered Renouf to sit out the club's first two 2009 NAB Cup pre-season games, as well as fining him $5,000.

He has agreed to pay for repairs to the two cars and any associated costs for the owners, such as hire cars.

Police said he was also expected to be charged on summons with criminal damage.

"Brent understands that he made some poor choices in relation to alcohol and social behaviour," Hawthorn football operations manager Mark Evans said on Monday.

"Brent will personally meet the cost of damage to the vehicles.

"Hawthorn Football Club players and staff take their social and community responsibility very seriously and no one is more disappointed than the player himself at his actions."

Evans said it was disappointing that Renouf had damaged what the club believed was a good recent record of public behaviour by their players.

A second Hawthorn player was with Renouf at the time, but has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Evans said the other player, who he did not name but said was a young, low-profile squad member, was believed to have urged Renouf to climb down.

The Geebung Polo Club is the venue where Collingwood's Alan Didak and Heath and Rhyce Shaw were drinking in August, before the drink-driving incident in which Heath Shaw crashed into two cars with Didak as his passenger.

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