Police raid homes over NRL Coach of the Year betting scandal

There’s been a surprise development into an investigation into an alleged betting scandal surrounding last year’s NRL Dally M Coach of the Year award, with police this morning raiding several properties.

Melbourne Storm Coach Craig Bellamy controversially won the 2019 award at $7, beating Manly’s Des Hasler, Sydney Roosters’ Trent Robinson and Canberra’s Ricky Stuart, who were all considered favourites to take out the win.

According to the Daily Telegraph, one betting agency passed on their suspicions to the NRL, after money was put on Bellamy after he had been revealed as the winner in secret.


Reports suggest those behind the bets, which were allegedly placed on multiple betting sights, won around $20,000.

Police confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that they had raided a number of properties in Paddington, Waterloo and Surry Hills as part of investigations.

“Today, officers attached to the Organised Crime Squad’s Casino and Racing Investigation Unit, executed search warrants as part of an ongoing investigation into reported betting activity surrounding an award for the NRL competition,” police said in a statement.

“Investigators seized documents, electronic devices and computers.”

There are no further details available at this time.

Inquiries are continuing.