AFL Match Review Panel – Round 8 – Is Dunn dusted? (Video below)

There was quite a few incidents that will be looked at by the Match Review Panel. One that was reported in game was Lynden Dunn’s sliding knees into the head of Daniel Pratt (Vision here). This is the sort of incident that the AFL are trying to stamp out and so Dunn could face anywhere between 3 and 5 weeks. Not what the Dees want with the injury and suspension issues they already have. Pratt could face a charge if the MRP look down on his slap to the face of Michael Newtown.

Saints backman Steven Baker will again have his name in front of the Match Review panel for a strike to the throat of Michael Osbourne behind play. Osbourne did leave the field after the incident but returned. Even with this, Baker carries a 50% loading after issues he had in the past few years and so could have a hefty suspension that will cause him to wait to play his 200th game.

The other big issue of the weekend was a behind the play elbow that the Bombers Heath Hocking delivered behind the play to the Lions play, James Polkinghorne. Hocking will be relying on his 5 years good record to reduce down the punishment for this incident that is likely to tick the maximum boxes for each of the reporting categories. It was High Contact, looked pretty intentional to me (and you can look below) and the force caused Polkinghorne to leave the field and shortly after be subbed off. We wait to see his punishment. Here is the video:

Updates will be provided over the course of the week.

UPDATE

  • Monday 5:30pm: Match Review findings are in with some interesting findings!
  • Monday 8pm: Video of the Incidents are available
  • Tuesday 1:30pm: King and Fyfe are challenging their fines but all other players are accepting their punishment. There was some talk that the bombers would challenge the Hocking Suspension but they came to their senses and didn’t.

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AFL Tribunal, 5pm, Tuesday May 17:

Nathan Fyfe, Fremantle, has been charged with a second offence for making negligent contact with an umpire (Shane Stewart) during the second quarter of the Round Seven match between Fremantle and Richmond, played the MCG on Saturday May 7, 2011.

A second offence for making negligent contact with an umpire is a $2400 sanction.

Jake King, Richmond, has been charged with a first offence for misconduct in that he made unnecessary contact with a trainer for the Western Bulldogs during the fourth quarter of the Round Eight match between Richmond and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 15, 2011.

A first offence for misconduct is a $1600 sanction.

Sanctions Accepted:

Lynden Dunn, Melbourne, has accepted a two-match sanction for engaging in rough conduct against Daniel Pratt, North Melbourne, during the first quarter of the Round Eight match between Melbourne and North Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 14, 2011.

Heath Hocking, Essendon, has accepted a three-match sanction for striking James Polkinghorne, Brisbane Lions, during the first quarter of the Round Eight match between Essendon and the Brisbane Lions, played at the Gabba on Saturday May 14, 2011.

Sam Sheldon, Brisbane Lions, has accepted a $900 sanction for making negligent contact with an umpire (Matt Stevic) during the first quarter of the Round Eight match between the Brisbane Lions and Essendon, played at the Gabba on Saturday May 14, 2011.

Steven Baker, St Kilda, has accepted a two-match sanction for striking Michael Osborne, Hawthorn, during the second quarter of the Round Eight match between St Kilda and Hawthorn, played at the MCG on Sunday May 15, 2011.

David Armitage, St Kilda, has accepted a reprimand and 60 points towards his future record for striking Grant Birchall, Hawthorn, during the fourth quarter of the Round Eight match between St Kilda and Hawthorn, played at the MCG on Sunday May 15, 2011.

Robin Nahas, Richmond, has accepted a $900 sanction for making negligent contact with an umpire (Michael Jennings) during the first quarter of the Round Eight match between Richmond and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 15, 2011.

Video of the Incidents

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Charges Laid:

Lynden Dunn, Melbourne, has been charged with a Level Three engaging in rough conduct offence against Daniel Pratt, North Melbourne, during the first quarter of the Round Eight match between Melbourne and North Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 14, 2011.

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

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from North Melbourne, 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 325 demerit points and a three-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 243.75 points and a two-match sanction.

Heath Hocking, Essendon, has been charged with a Level Five striking offence against James Polkinghorne, Brisbane Lions, during the first quarter of the Round Eight match between Essendon and the Brisbane Lions, played at the Gabba on Saturday May 14, 2011.

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

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), high impact (three points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of eight activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Five 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.

Sam Sheldon, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with a first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire (Matt Stevic) during the first quarter of the Round Eight match between the Brisbane Lions and Essendon, played at the Gabba on Saturday May 14, 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.

Steven Baker, St Kilda, has been charged with a Level Three striking offence against Michael Osborne, Hawthorn, during the second quarter of the Round Eight match between St Kilda and Hawthorn, played at the MCG on Sunday May 15, 2011.

In summary, due to his previous poor record, his two-match sanction will remain at two matches, even with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from Hawthorn, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one 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-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of nine matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 50 per cent to 337.50 points and a three-match sanction. He also has 46.89 points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 384.39 points. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 288.29 points and a two-match sanction.

David Armitage, St Kilda, has been charged with a Level One striking offence against Grant Birchall, Hawthorn, during the fourth quarter of the Round Eight match between St Kilda and Hawthorn, played at the MCG on Sunday May 15, 2011.

In summary, he can accept a reprimand and 60 points towards his future record with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from Hawthorn, 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 80 demerit points and a reprimand. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 60 points towards his future record.

Robin Nahas, Richmond, has been charged with a first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire (Michael Jennings) during the first quarter of the Round Eight match between Richmond and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 15, 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.

Jake King, Richmond, has been charged with a first offence for misconduct in that he made unnecessary contact with a trainer for the Western Bulldogs during the fourth quarter of the Round Eight match between Richmond and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 15, 2011.

In summary, he can accept a $1200 sanction with an early plea.

A first offence for misconduct is a $1600 sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a $1200 sanction.

Other Incidents Assessed:

The match day report against the Western Bulldogs Ben Hudson for engaging in rough conduct against Richmond’s Angus Graham was assessed. The panel said Graham was contesting a mark while Hudson had jumped in the air in a bid to spoil the ball. After he has left the ground, Hudson realises he will not be able to spoil and withdraws his arm, to his side. It was the view of the panel that Hudson left the ground before the mark was contested and that his arm was initially out to spoil. The umpire in control of play at the time paid a 50-metre penalty against the Western Bulldogs’ player for late contact and it was the panel’s view that his actions were not reportable. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Geelong Cats’ David Wojcinski and Collingwood’s Alan Didak from the first quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. Didak is contesting a loose ball as Wojcinski is coming towards the ball. Wojcinski has his eyes on the ball at all times and attempts to kick the ball forward. The Geelong player misses the ball and makes contact with Didak’s leg, conceding a free kick. It was the view of the panel that Wojcinski was attempting to contest the ball and no further action was taken.

Contact between Collingwood’s Travis Cloke and the Geelong Cats’ Cameron Ling from the third quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. Cloke had disposed of the ball after he was tackled by Ling. As Cloke was falling to the ground, he held on to Ling, after the tackle. Ling landed awkwardly but it was the view of the panel that Cloke’s actions were not reportable. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Geelong Cats’ James Kelly and Collingwood’s Andrew Krakouer from the fourth quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. Krakouer had moved on to a loose ball and handballed the ball, when he is bumped by player Kelly. Contact is made both to the body and high, and Krakouer is paid a free kick. The Collingwood player was not treated for any injury and it was the view of the panel that the high contact was below the forced required to constitute a free kick. No further action was taken.

Contact between North Melbourne’s Daniel Pratt and Melbourne’s Michael Newton from the first quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. Newton has marked the ball when he is met by Daniel Pratt. After the pair make contact, Pratt strikes Newton with an open hand. The panel received a medical report on player Newton which stated he had not been treated for any injury. The panel also spoke to the controlling umpire, who paid a 50-metre penalty at the time for high contact, but did not believe a report was warranted. It was the view of the panel, in all circumstances, that the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Brisbane Lions’ Ashley McGrath and Essendon’s Mark McVeigh from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. McGrath and McVeigh were running towards a loose ball when the ball hit McVeigh’s leg and richocheted into McGrath’s left leg. McGrath tried to kick the ball with his right leg and missed, making contact with McVeigh. It was the view of the panel that McGrath was attempting to contest the ball and his actions were not reportable. No further action was taken.

Contact between St Kilda’s Steven Baker and Hawthorn’s Michael Osborne from the fourth quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. As there was no clear vision of the incident available, the panel spoke to the emergency umpire who clearly viewed the contact. It was his view that a free kick was warranted, which was paid, but that the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Western Bulldogs’ Will Minson and Richmond’s Nathan Foley from the fourth quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. Contact was made to Foley’s shoulder, which then slid up high. It was the view of the panel that Minson’s actions were not a striking motion and no further action was taken.

 

The following players were referred to the Match Review Panel from the weekend’s matches.

Lynden Dunn, Melbourne, referred by umpire Chris Donlon for making forceful contact to Daniel Pratt, North Melbourne, when a player had his head down over the ball during the first quarter of the Round Eight match between Melbourne and North Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 14, 2011. Ben Hudson, Western Bulldogs, referred by umpire Rob Findlay for engaging in rough conduct against Angus Graham, during the fourth quarter of the Round Eight match between the Western Bulldogs and Richmond, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 15, 2011.

Comments

  1. Yes lets hope that he gets at least 4-5 weeks… poor coward-less  play.
    What you think of Heath Hocking?

    • Is in a lot of trouble. I am different to others in that I don’t think that the MRP/Tribunal should worry about inconsistencies so should judge this not on what they did in the Brown incident but what they think of this issue! But that is just me!

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