Tribunal – Match Review Panel findings from Round 16, 2010

Another busy week for the Match Review Panel and then the tribunal had to hear the case of Trent Cotchin for charging Sam Wright. The Tigers took a big risk challenge the charge and only succeed in giving him an extra week and extra 10% on his next charge (if within the next 3 years). Ashley McGrath and Daniel Motlop also will sit out this week with suspension (Motlop the week after as well). The rest of the reports are fines and points.

Here are full details.

AFL Tribunal, Tuesday July 20, 5pm:

Trent Cotchin, Richmond, has been charged with a Level Four charging offence against Sam Wright, North Melbourne, during the second quarter of the Round 16 match between Richmond and North Melbourne, played at the MCG on Sunday July 18, 2010.

The incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), high impact (three points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of seven activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Four offence, drawing 425 demerit points and a four-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record.

Sanctions Accepted:

Michael Doughty, Adelaide Crows, has accepted a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record for engaging in rough conduct against Matthew Stokes, Geelong Cats, during the third quarter of the Round 16 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats, played at AAMI Stadium on Friday July 16, 2010.

Jack Redden, Brisbane Lions, has accepted a $900 sanction for making negligent contact with an umpire (Heath Ryan) during the first quarter of the Round 16 match between the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn, played at Aurora Stadium on Saturday July 17, 2010.

Ashley McGrath, Brisbane Lions, has accepted a one-match sanction for engaging in rough conduct against Sam Mitchell, Hawthorn, during the third quarter of the Round 16 match, between the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn, played at Aurora Stadium on Saturday July 17, 2010.

Andrew Embley, West Coast, has accepted an $1800 sanction for making negligent contact with an umpire (Scott McLaren) during the first quarter of the Round 16 match between West Coast and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday July 17, 2010.

Eric Mackenzie, West Coast, has accepted a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record for engaging in rough conduct against Jay Neagle, Essendon, during the second quarter of the Round 16 match between West Coast and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday July 17, 2010.

Daniel Motlop, Port Adelaide, has accepted a two-match sanction for engaging in rough conduct against Shaun Higgins, Western Bulldogs, during the second quarter of the Round 16 match between Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs, played at TIO Stadium on Saturday July 17, 2010.

Andrew Walker, Carlton, has accepted a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record for bumping or making forceful contact from front-on against Ben McGlynn, Sydney Swans, during the fourth quarter of the Round 16 match between Carlton and the Sydney Swans, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday July 18, 2010.

Michael Firrito, North Melbourne, has accepted a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record for striking Robin Nahas, Richmond, during the first quarter of the Round 16 match between North Melbourne and Richmond, played at the MCG on Sunday July 18, 2010.

Jordie McKenzie, Melbourne, has accepted a $900 sanction for making negligent contact with an umpire (Jeff Dalgleish) during the first quarter of the Round 16 match between the Melbourne and Fremantle, played at Subiaco on Sunday July 18, 2010.

Charges Laid:

Michael Doughty, Adelaide Crows, has been charged with a Level One engaging in rough conduct offence against Matthew Stokes, Geelong Cats, during the third quarter of the Round 16 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats, played at AAMI Stadium on Friday July 16, 2010.

In summary, due to a five-year good record, he can accept a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record.

The incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of four activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level One offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing five-year good record, which reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record.

Jack Redden, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with a first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire (Heath Ryan) during the first quarter of the Round 16 match between the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn, played at Aurora Stadium on Saturday July 17, 2010.

In summary, he can accept a $900 sanction with an early plea.

A first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire is a $1200 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $900 sanction.

Ashley McGrath, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with a Level One engaging in rough conduct offence against Sam Mitchell, Hawthorn, during the third quarter of the Round 16 match, between the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn, played at Aurora Stadium on Saturday July 17, 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 negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point). This is a total of three activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level One offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of one match suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 10 per cent to 137.50 points. He also has 68.75 demerit points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 206.25 points and a two-match sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 154.69 points and a one-match sanction.

Andrew Embley, West Coast, has been charged with a second offence for making negligent contact with an umpire (Scott McLaren) during the first quarter of the Round 16 match between West Coast and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday July 17, 2010.

In summary, he can accept an $1800 sanction with an early plea.

A second offence for making negligent contact with an umpire is a $2400 sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to an $1800 sanction.

Eric Mackenzie, West Coast, has been charged with a Level One engaging in rough conduct offence against Jay Neagle, Essendon, during the second quarter of the Round 16 match between West Coast and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday July 17, 2010.

In summary, he can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record.

The incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point). This is a total of three activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level One offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record.

Daniel Motlop, Port Adelaide, has been charged with a Level Two engaging in rough conduct offence against Shaun Higgins, Western Bulldogs, during the second quarter of the Round 16 match between Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs, played at TIO Stadium on Saturday July 17, 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 reckless conduct (two points), medium impact (two points) and body contact (one point). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Two offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of one match suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 10 per cent to 247.50 points. He also has 64.06 demerit points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 311.56 points and a three-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 233.67 points and a two-match sanction.

Andrew Walker, Carlton, has been charged with a Level One engaging bumping or making forceful contact from front-on offence against Ben McGlynn, Sydney Swans, during the fourth quarter of the Round 16 match between Carlton and the Sydney Swans, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday July 18, 2010.

In summary, due to a five-year good record, he can accept a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record.

The incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of four activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level One offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing five-year good record, which reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record.

Michael Firrito, North Melbourne, has been charged with a Level Two striking offence against Robin Nahas, Richmond, during the first quarter of the Round 16 match between North Melbourne and Richmond, played at the MCG on Sunday July 18, 2010.

In summary, he can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record.

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. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record.

Trent Cotchin, Richmond, has been charged with a Level Four charging offence against Sam Wright, North Melbourne, during the second quarter of the Round 16 match between Richmond and North Melbourne, played at the MCG on Sunday July 18, 2010.

In summary, he can accept a three-match sanction with an early plea.

The incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), high impact (three points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of seven activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Four offence, drawing 425 demerit points and a four-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 318.75 points and a three-match sanction.

Jordie McKenzie, Melbourne, has been charged with a first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire (Jeff Dalgleish) during the first quarter of the Round 16 match between the Melbourne and Fremantle, played at Subiaco on Sunday July 18, 2010.

In summary, he can accept a $900 sanction with an early plea.

A first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire is a $1200 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $900 sanction.

Other incidents assessed:

Contact between Port Adelaide’s Troy Chaplin and the Western Bulldogs’ Callan Ward from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said that Ward received the ball and then, when trying to evade Chaplin, jumped into the air. While the Bulldogs’ player was in the air, he was tackled by Chaplin, who took him to the ground. The panel said it was their view the tackle was one continuous action and the force was not excessive in the circumstances. Ward required no medical treatment for the incident. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Western Bulldogs’ Callan Ward and Port Adelaide’s Stephen Salopek from the third quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said Salopek and Ward were running towards the football and Salopek had gathered the ball. As Salopek gathered the ball, he was bumped by Ward to the back of the shoulder region. There was negligible contact made to the head and neck and Salopek required no medical treatment for the incident. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Western Bulldogs’ Jarrad Grant and Port Adelaide’s Domenic Cassisi from the fourth quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. Due to insufficient footage of the incident, no further action was taken.

Contact between the Sydney Swans’ Shane Mumford and Carlton’s Aaron Joseph from the third quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The panel said Mumford tackled Joseph with the ball and took him over the boundary line. While the pair were on the ground, Mumford pushed Joseph’s head into the ground in the final part of the tackle. The panel said the force was not sufficient to warrant a reportable offence, and Joseph required no medical treatment for the incident. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Sydney Swans’ Martin Mattner and Carlton’s Jarrad Waite, as well as contact between Waite and Mattner, from the fourth quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The matter was investigated by the Match Review Panel and, on the evidence of both players that was received, it was determined that no reportable offence had occurred. No further action was taken.

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