ouch... on Christmas Day, even... Beach brawl started over alleged drinks theft http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22974815-2,00.html A GRANDFATHER was viciously beaten to death with his own bat while playing beach cricket after he challenged a group of men who were stealing drinks from his cooler. Thugs pelted William John Rowe with beer bottles and then bashed him with the bat he and his family were using to play beach cricket on Christmas Day. The brawl between the farmer and another group of Christmas revellers occurred about 9pm on Geraldton beach, north of Perth. According to police, the 49-year-old father-of-five and his family were playing cricket when they were approached by a group of people. A verbal dispute took place, with the group leaving the scene only to return later in greater numbers. It is believed Mr Rowe challenged the men when he caught them taking drinks out his cooler.