Tribunal – Match Review Panel findings from Round 22, 2010

Here is the weeks tribunal happenings for Round 22 (minus the Travis Tuck drug case):

Sanctions Accepted:

Jake King, Richmond, has accepted a one-match sanction for striking Justin Westhoff, Port Adelaide, during the fourth quarter of the Round 22 match between Richmond and Port Adelaide, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday August 29, 2010.

Charges Laid:

Jake King, Richmond, has been charged with a Level One striking offence against Justin Westhoff, Port Adelaide, during the fourth quarter of the Round 22 match between Richmond and Port Adelaide, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday August 29, 2010.

In summary, due to his previous poor record and carry-over points from within the last 12 months, he faces a one-game sanction, even with an early plea.

The incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point). This is a total of four activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level One offence, drawing 80 demerit points and a reprimand. He has a total of three matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 30 per cent to 104 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He also has 41.80 demerit points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 145.80 points and a one-match sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 109.35 points and a one-match sanction.

Other incidents assessed:

Contact between Fremantle’s Greg Broughton and Carlton’s Jarrad Waite from the first quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. The panel said Waite was pursuing the ball and was pushed from behind as he moved to gather the ball. Broughton was coming to the contest and made contact with Waite with a bump. The Fremantle player did not have a realistic alternative to contest the football or to tackle the Carlton player. The panel said the bump was not considered to be a reportable offence and no further action was taken.

Contact between Hawthorn’s Brendan Whitecross and Collingwood’s Nick Maxwell from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said that, based on the video evidence that was available and after receiving a medical report, there was insufficient evidence to determine if a reportable offence had occurred. No further action was taken.

Contact between Collingwood’s Alan Toovey and Hawthorn’s Michael Osborne from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said that, based on the video evidence that was available and after receiving a medical report, there was insufficient evidence to determine if a reportable offence had occurred. No further action was taken.

Contact between Hawthorn’s Michael Osborne and Collingwood’s Luke Ball from the fourth quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said that player Ball attempted to tackle Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell. Player Osborne came in to shepherd for his teammate and it was the view of the panel that the Hawthorn player did not have a realistic alternative to contest the football or to tackle. The shepherding action was not considered to be a reportable offence and no further action was taken.

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