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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Charges Laid:

Lenny Hayes (STK), for striking Richmond's Jeromey Webberley: assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point), and high contact (two points), equalling four activation points, a Level One offense, 80 demerits and a reprimand. He has a clean record and accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 60 demerits, still a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

Corey Enright (GEEL), for rough conduct against Eagle Adam Selwood: assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point), and high contact (two points), equalling four activation points, a Level One offense, 125 demerits, and a one game suspension. He has a five year clean record and accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 93.75 demerits and a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

James Podsiadly (GEEL), for striking Eagle Will Schofield: assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point), and high contact (two points), equalling four activation points, a Level One offense, and 80 demerits. He has no prior record and accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 60 demerits, still a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

Brendan Fevola (BRIS), for striking Kangaroo Daniel Pratt: assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point), and body contact (one point), equalling four activation points, a Level One offense, and 80 demerits. He has no prior record and accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 60 demerits, still a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

Simon Black (BRIS), fined $2600 for a first offense of abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene language towards an umpire. He accepted, reducing the fine 25% to $1950.

Chance Bateman (HAW), for misconduct in that he kneed Port Adelaide's Daniel Stewart:assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point), and body contact (one point), equalling four activation points, a Level One offense, 125 demerits, and a one game suspension. He has a record of four games suspended in the past three years, increasing the penalty 40% to 175 demerits. He also has 19.69 demerits carried over from the past year, further increasing the penalty to 194.69 demerits and a one game suspension. He accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 146.02 demerits, still a one game suspension with 46.02 demerts held over toward his future record.

Jarrad Grant (WB), for striking Collingwood's Ben Reid: assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point), and high contact (two points), equalling six activation points, a Level Three offense, 225 demerits, and a two game suspension.

Grant took his case to the Tribunal and, with the help of Reid's testimony. succeeded in having the high contact classification downgraded. Grant testified that his intention was to push Reid in the chest and that contact to Reid's collarbone ended up being contact to Reid's windpipe due to Reid slipping over. Reid corroborated Grant's defense, stating that Grant's contact to his throat was due to his knee buckling at the time of contact. The Tribunal panel accepted the testimony of both players, leaving Grant with 93.75 demerits which is a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

The match day report against Carlton’s Jarrad Waite for rough conduct against Melbourne’s Matthew Bate was assessed by the Match Review Panel. The MRP ruled that Waite, who was attempting to mark the ball, had eyes only for the ball with arms outstretched as Bate also came in to attempt an intercept. The panel further ruled that, under the circumstances, the contact made between the pair was inevitable and dismissed the report. .

The match day report against the Western Bulldogs’ Ben Hudson for rough conduct against Collingwood’s Luke Ball was assessed by the MRP. The panel ruled that Hudson, who had tackled Ball while in possession of the ball, lifted Ball during the tackle but did not cause Ball;s head to hit the ground. This was backed up by a medical report which stated that Ball did not suffer injury. They further ruled that the tackle waw not made with excessive force and dismissed the report.

Source: Patrick Keane, AFL Media Release

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