Footy star ordered to keep away from ex June 25, 2007 02:13pm MANLY NRL star Anthony Watmough has been ordered to stay away from his former partner for 12 months, in an apprehended violence order (AVO) ruling in a Sydney court. The 23-year-old Sea Eagles' second-rower appeared today in Manly Local Court, where his former partner Gillian Rixon, 24, was granted an AVO following a series of incidents in 2004 and 2005. On one occasion, Watmough is alleged to have punched Ms Rixon and thrown coins at her after a New Year's Eve party. He is also alleged to have assaulted her outside the home of his manager, George Mimis. No criminal charges have been laid over either incident. The court also heard today that when police attended the scene outside Mr Mimis' house, Watmough threatened to take away financial support from Ms Rixon if she spoke up. Watmough's lawyer told the court that Ms Rixon's statements were "fabrications and lies" but magistrate Jane Culver said her evidence was "clearly reliable".