August 19, 2019

Ryan Tandy owed money to six people

Remember the good old days Ryan? When you played professional rugby league and earnt lots of money.

Former Canterbury Bulldogs rugby league player Ryan Tandy was in debt to at least six different people around the time of the NRL match at the centre of last year’s NRL match-fixing scandal.

Player agent Sam Ayoub, professional punters Damien Flower and Michael Cook, former footballer Hassan Saleh, jockey manager John Schell and Tandy’s mother were all owed money by the sacked Bulldogs front-rower in or around August last year, the court in Sydney was told.

Tandy, 29, has pleaded not guilty to four charges that he lied to the NSW Crime Commission during an investigation into whether he tried to manipulate the first scoring points of the round 24 game between Canterbury and the North Queensland Cowboys on August 21.

A hearing into the matter in the Downing Centre Local Court yesterday was played video recordings of two interviews he gave to the commission in January and February this year.

During those interviews Tandy said he owed his mother, Mr Ayoub and Mr Cook up to $33,000.

He said the money was not lent to him for gambling but was put towards furniture and an overseas holiday.

The court was told by a prosecution witness that telephone intercepts showed Tandy also owed money to Mr Flower and Mr Schell at or around the time of the match.

”I believe those 24 [intercepted] calls and conversations were in relation to gambling and outstanding debt Mr Tandy had with Damien Flower and John Schell,” Detective Senior Constable Matthew Gibson, the officer in charge of the match-fixing investigation, said.

Tandy was penalised two minutes into the game for impeding Cowboys playmaker Grant Rovelli in front of the posts, after Tandy spilled the ball and gave away possession.

The Cowboys were awarded a penalty but took a tap kick instead of kicking for goal and scored a try.

The hearing was told Tandy and Hodgson had discussed their positioning before the game.

Earlier yesterday, the court heard Tandy tell the commission that he had been a social gambler since the age of 18 or 19 and that he had probably lost money over the past decade and play with real money at wizard slots.

“I couldn’t tell you a punter who’s in front,” he said.

He often bet on horse and greyhound racing, tennis and golf. He also said he regularly bet on NRL matches, but never on those in which he played.

“You’re not allowed to bet on games you’re participating in,” he told the commission.

“It’s a rule from the NRL … it’s something we’re given advice on.”

There was probably a whole lot of other stuff players get advice on as well but few seem to heed it. Stuff like staying out late, getting into fights and getting accussed of sexual assault.