Tribunal – Match Review Panel findings from the 2010 Grand Final Replay

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 03: Adam Schneider of the Saints celebrates kicking a goal during the AFL Second Qualifying Final match between the Geelong Cats and the St Kilda Saints at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 3, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Only one play had to wear the double points from a Match Review Panel offense in the Grand Final (or this case, Grand Final Replay) and to add insult to injury, it was Saint’s small forward, Adam Schneider. He can take a 2 match penalty or risk and extra game if he wants to challenge the charge. Here full details of his case and others looked at:

Charges Laid:

Adam Schneider, St Kilda, has been charged with a Level Three striking offence against Brent Macaffer, Collingwood, during the third quarter of the 2010 Grand Final Replay, played at the MCG on Saturday October 2, 2010.

In summary, due to the double demerit points for any offence committed in Saturday’s game, he can accept a two-match sanction 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. The Grand Final Replay draws a 100 per cent loading on the base points for the offence, increasing the penalty to 450 demerit points and a four-match sanction. He has a five-year good record, which reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 393.75 points and a three-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 295.31 points and a two-match sanction.

Other incidents assessed:

Contact between Collingwood’s Travis Cloke and St Kilda’s Zac Dawson from the first quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. Due to the inconclusive nature of the available footage, it could not be determined if a reportable incident had occurred. No further action was taken.

Contact between St Kilda’s Lenny Hayes and Collingwood’s Alan Didak from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said contact was made to the upper arm of player Didak. Taking into account all available footage, the contact to the arm was considered below that required to constitute a reportable offence. Hayes then immediately swung his left arm at player Didak, and did not make any contact, but his hand was open at all times and this action was not considered to be a striking motion. No further action was taken.

Contact between St Kilda’s Lenny Hayes and Collingwood’s Dane Swan from the third quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel examined all available footage and also received a medical report on player Swan, which stated he had received no injury. Taking into account all the available evidence, it was determined that the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence and no further action was required.

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