Tribunal – Match Review Panel findings from Round 13 (week 2), 2010

So I leave Melbourne for a little trip to my home town of Warrnambool and all hell breaks loose at the footy! The block buster, grand final rematch has seen 3 players missing some where in the area of 13 – nearly 20 matches depending if they take the decisions of the Match Review Panel’s rulings. Steve Johnson gets weeks for a punch and an elbow to Steve Baker. Steve Baker gets 9 matches for 4 separate incidents on Steve Johnson. Cameron Mooney didn’t want to be left out of the fun and got 2 weeks for hitting Jason Blake in the same game.

It seems very harsh on Baker but you have to take two things into account:

  1. There were 4 seperate incidents and they are added up to come up with the number of weeks he gets.
  2. Each lot of seperate points gets a 50% loading as Baker has missed 5 or more matches via suspenion in the last 3 years (due to hitting Jeff Farmer late in 2007)

Update:

Wednesday: So, after the drama of Monday, Steven Baker originally challenged two of his 4 charges but just before the tribunal case, decided to just challenge the hitting of the injured hand incident. He wasn’t successful in this case and will miss 9 matches.

AFL Tribunal, 5.30pm, Tuesday June 29:

Steven Baker, St Kilda, has been charged with a Level Three striking offence against Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, at the start of the first quarter of the Round 13 match between St Kilda and the Geelong Cats, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Three offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of seven matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 50 per cent to 337.50 demerit points and a three-match sanction.

Steven Baker, St Kilda, has been charged with a Level Two misconduct offence in that he made unreasonable and unnecessary contact with an injured player, Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, during the first quarter of the Round 13 match between St Kilda and the Geelong Cats, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (two points). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Two offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of seven matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 50 per cent to 187.50 points and a one-match sanction.

Sanctions Accepted:

Steven Baker, St Kilda, has accepted a total sanction of five matches for two separate striking offences from the weekend’s match — striking Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, during the first quarter of the Round 13 match (Geelong Cats forward line) between St Kilda and the Geelong Cats, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010 and striking Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, during the first quarter of the Round 13 match (centre of the ground) between St Kilda and the Geelong Cats, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

Cameron Mooney, Geelong Cats, has accepted a two-match sanction for striking Jason Blake, St Kilda, at the start of the first quarter of the Round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, has accepted a total sanction of three matches for two separate striking offences from the weekend’s match — striking Steven Baker, St Kilda, during the first quarter of the Round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010 and striking Steven Baker, St Kilda, during the second quarter of the Round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

Charges Laid:

Steven Baker, St Kilda, has been charged with a Level Three striking offence against Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, at the start of the first quarter of the Round 13 match between St Kilda and the Geelong Cats, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

In summary, his previous poor record means that his two-game sanction must remain at two games, even with an early plea.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Three offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of seven matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 50 per cent to 337.50 demerit points and a three-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 253.13 points and a two-match sanction.

Steven Baker, St Kilda, has been charged with a Level Three striking offence against Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, during the first quarter of the Round 13 match (Geelong Cats forward line) between St Kilda and the Geelong Cats, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

In summary, his previous poor record means that his two-game sanction must remain at two games, even with an early plea.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Three offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of seven matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 50 per cent to 337.50 demerit points and a three-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 253.13 points and a two-match sanction.

Steven Baker, St Kilda, has been charged with a Level Three striking offence against Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, during the first quarter of the Round 13 match (centre of the ground) between St Kilda and the Geelong Cats, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

In summary, his previous poor record means that his two-game sanction must remain at two games, even with an early plea.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Three offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of seven matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 50 per cent to 337.50 demerit points and a three-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 253.13 points and a two-match sanction.

Steven Baker, St Kilda, has been charged with a Level Two misconduct offence in that he made unreasonable and unnecessary contact with an injured player, Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, during the first quarter of the Round 13 match between St Kilda and the Geelong Cats, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

In summary, his previous poor record means that his one-game sanction must remain at one game, even with an early plea.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (two points). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Two offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of seven matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 50 per cent to 187.50 points and a one-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 140.63 points and a one-match sanction.

Please note, for where a player has been charged with multiple offences during one match, under the Tribunal guidelines on page eight of the attached document, the points for each offence where the player either accepts a penalty or is found guilty are added together to form a total amount. For each amount of 100 points in the total penalty, there must be one match served as a result.

Cameron Mooney, Geelong Cats, has been charged with a Level Three striking offence against Jason Blake, St Kilda, at the start of the first quarter of the Round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

In summary, his previous poor record means that his two-game penalty must remain at two games, even with an early plea.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Three offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-game sanction. He has an existing poor record of two matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 20 per cent to 270 demerit points. He also has 68.75 demerit points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 338.75 points and a three-game sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 254.06 points and a two-game sanction.

Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, has been charged with a Level Two striking offence against Steven Baker, St Kilda, during the first quarter of the Round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

In summary, his previous carry-over points from within the last 12 months for an earlier offence means that his one-game penalty must remain at one game, even with an early plea.

The incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Two offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. He has 93.75 points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 218.75 points and a two-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 164.06 points and a one-match sanction.

Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, has been charged with a Level Three striking offence against Steven Baker, St Kilda, during the second quarter of the Round 13 match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday June 25, 2010.

In summary, his previous carry-over points from within the last 12 months for an earlier offence means that his two-game penalty must remain at two games, even with an early plea.

The incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), medium impact (two points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Three offence drawing 225 demerit points and a two-game sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. He has 93.75 points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 318.75 points and a three-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 239.06 points and a two-match sanction.

Other incidents assessed:

Contact between the Geelong Cats’ David Wojcinski and St Kilda’s Andrew McQualter from the third quarter of Friday’s game was assessed. The panel said that Wojcinski dived in to contest the ball. The Geelong player’s eyes were on the ball at all times and he reaches the ball before contact is made. As he was contesting possession and reached the ball, no further action was taken.

Contact between St Kilda’s Sam Fisher and the Geelong Cats’ Jimmy Bartel from the fourth quarter of Friday’s game was assessed. The panel said Bartel was being attended by club staff after a contest for the ball in the middle of the ground. Fisher was watching the play upfield, and was the closest opponent to the Geelong player. As Bartel prepared to move off the ground, with two club staff in very close proximity to him, Fisher was standing still watching the play upfield, with his eyes not on the Geelong player and staff. From all available vision that was viewed, including vision that was not broadcast during the match telecast, the play downfield then moved at the time that Bartel moves into Fisher’s path to begin leaving the ground. Fisher has his eyes on the play down the ground and steps forward and minor contact is made by Fisher to Bartel. The panel said that Fisher’s focus was play at the end of the ground and the contact was not deemed unreasonable in the circumstances. No further action was taken.

Contact between Melbourne’s Brad Miller and the Adelaide Crows’ Patrick Dangerfield from the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game was assessed. Due to the inconclusive nature of the vision available, which could not determine where contact was made to player Dangerfield, no further action was taken.

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