AFL Match Review Panel – Round 1, 2011 – Big hits and idiots!

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So Round 1 has come and gone. The new sub rule and concussion rules went off with only minor issues and while everyone is talking about the biggest winners and biggest losers of the weekends round and then deciding who can and can’t make the top 4/8 or is going to come last, others are starting to think about who will be in the Match Review Panel’s (MRP) eyes for what they did in round 1, 2011.

One that will be looked at but I don’t think will see any action taken is the Joel Selwood/Farren Ray bump from Friday nights Cats v Saints game. You couldn’t see any issues with it as it appears that Farren was going for the Ball and so was Selwood. This will be test of the rules. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:

 

In the same game, it appears that Matthew Scarlet could be having a nervous wait as he made contact with his elbow in a way that gets looked. Speaking of wait, Jarrod Waite of the Blues looks certain to be have a week plus on the side lines after a stupid kick to the groin of his opponent on Thursday night! He is carrying points and multipliers that would be 40/50% and he can’t afford to be doing things like this!

Who else needs to be worried from their actions on the weekend? I will update the post over the course of the week as the Tribunal process takes its course, so check back often!

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UPDATES

Monday 11:15am: AFL official reports from the weekend (i.e. reports made during games) are in. Just 2. Farren Ray was reported on the day, as was Aaron Davey of Melbourne

Monday 3:45pm: Jon Ralph reporting on Twitter that Andrew Anderson had let the cat out of the bag that Farren Ray will get off his charge as expected.

Match review out in 40 minutes but Anderson says the match review panel has judged that Ray’s contact was accidental, was going for ball

(Source: Jon Ralph tweet)

Monday 4:40pm: Full MRP findings are in. Rance offered 4 (3 with early plea), Bartel a fine, Matty Scarlett 2 (1 with early plea), Matt Thomas of Port fined for flipping the bird. All others fine! Full details below

Tuesday 11:30am: Everyone accepted there punishments. No Tribunal this week.

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Sanctions Accepted:
Alex Rance, Richmond, has been accepted a three-match sanction for engaging in rough conduct against Jarrad Waite, Carlton, during the second quarter of the Round One match between Richmond and Carlton, played at the MCG on Thursday March 24, 2011.
Jimmy Bartel, Geelong Cats, has accepted a $900 sanction for making negligent contact with an umpire (Ray Chamberlain) during the third quarter of the Round One match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday March 25, 2011.
Matthew Scarlett, Geelong Cats, has accepted a one-match sanction for striking Nick Riewoldt, St Kilda, during the third quarter of the Round One match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday March 25, 2011.
Matt Thomas, Port Adelaide, has accepted a $900 sanction for making an obscene gesture during the third quarter of the Round One match between Port Adelaide and Collingwood, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday March 26, 2011.

Charges Laid:

Alex Rance, Richmond, has been charged with a Level Four engaging in rough conduct offence against Jarrad Waite, Carlton, during the second quarter of the Round One match between Richmond and Carlton, played at the MCG on Thursday March 24, 2011.

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.

Jimmy Bartel, Geelong Cats, has been charged with a first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire (Ray Chamberlain) during the third quarter of the Round One match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday March 25, 2011.

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 penalty by 25 per cent to a $900 sanction.

Matthew Scarlett, Geelong Cats, has been charged with  Level Two striking offence against Nick Riewoldt, St Kilda, during the third quarter of the Round One match between the Geelong Cats and St Kilda, played at the MCG on Friday March 25, 2011.

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 (one point). 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 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.

Matt Thomas, Port Adelaide, has been charged with a First Offence for making an obscene gesture during the third quarter of the Round One match between Port Adelaide and Collingwood, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday March 26, 2011.

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

A first offence for making an obscene gesture is a $1200 sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a $900 sanction.

Other incidents assessed:

The match day report against St Kilda’s Farren Ray for making forceful high contact from front-on against the Geelong Cats’ Joel Selwood during the first quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. The panel said that both players were running to contest the ball. Ray had his arms down to collect the ball and had his eyes on the ball at all times. The St Kilda player turned his body just prior to contact being made and it was the panel’s view that Ray did not have a realistic alternative way to contest the ball. No further action was taken.

The match day report against Melbourne’s Aaron Davey for making forceful high contact from front-on against the Sydney Swans’ Ben McGlynn during the second quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. After viewing the available television footage, speaking to the umpire and receiving a written medical report from the Sydney Swans, the panel said it could not be determined if there was forceful high contact to the head or neck of player McGlynn. The video footage available showed the majority of contact was made to McGlynn’s shoulder and there was no movement of player McGlynn’s head / neck area when contact was made. No further action was taken.

Contact between Carlton’s Jarrad Waite and Richmond’s Luke McGuane from the first quarter of Thursday’s match was assessed. After examining the available footage and receiving a medical report from Richmond, it was determined that that force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. Further, the Panel was not satisfied that there was any attempt on the part of Waite to connect with greater force. No further action was taken.

Contact between Richmond’s Luke McGuane and Carlton’s Jarrad Waite from the first quarter of Thurday’s match was assessed. The force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

The panel investigated an incident between Richmond’s Mitch Morton and Carlton’s Jeremy Laidler from Thursday’s match. After interviews with both players, it could not be determined if a reportable offence had occurred. No further action was taken.

Contact between Hawthorn’s Jordan Lewis and the Adelaide Crows’ Andy Otten from the third quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

Contact between Melbourne’s Joel McDonald and the Sydney Swans’ Jarrad McVeigh from the second quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The panel said McVeigh had the ball and side stepped McDonald, who jumped in the air. While in the air, McDonald stuck out his leg to try and block McVeigh. It was the view of the panel that the contact made by McDonald’s leg was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

Contact between West Coast’s Matt Rosa and North Melbourne’s Leigh Adams from the second quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The panel said that Adams had taken a mark as Rosa arrived at the contest with the intention to spoil the ball. Rosa’s forearm made contact with Adams’ upper arm and then slid upwards, contacting Adams high. The Panel did not believe that Rosa’s action was a striking motion and that high contact was accidental. No further action was taken.

 

The following players were referred to the Match Review Panel by umpire reports from the weekend’s matches:

Farren Ray, St Kilda, referred by umpire Shaun Ryan for making forceful contact from front-on against Joel Selwood, Geelong Cats, during the first quarter of the Round One match between St Kilda and the Geelong Cats, played at the MCG on Friday March 25, 2011.

Aaron Davey, Melbourne, referred by umpire Stephen McBurney for making forceful contact from front-on against Ben McGlynn, Sydney Swans, during the second quarter of the Round One match between Melbourne and the Sydney Swans, played at the MCG on Sunday March 27, 2011.

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