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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Trent Cotchin (RICH), charging North Melbourne's Sam Wright: assessed as reckless conduct (two points), high impact (three points), and high contact (two points), equaling seven activation points, a Level Four offense, 425 demerits, and a four game suspension. Cotchin and the Richmond Football Club took the case to the Tribunal in an attempt to have the high contact classification dismissed and downgraded. Cotchin argued that his contact with Wright was to the shoulder. He did plead guilty to reckless and forceful contact. His advocate argued that Wright could have suffered the concussion, which was confirmed by a medical scan, when his head hit the ground and that video footage failed to prove head high contact.

However, video footage did show Wright's head whipping back and forward after Cotchin made contact. Richmond's club doctor submitted a written report that a head or neck injury could occur without direct contact to the head.This was concurred with by North Melbourne doctor Con Mitropoulos who submitted the most damning testimony against Cotchin.

Mitropoulos testified that Wright had a sore jaw and cheekbone as a result of the collision. He added that after the contact Wright was disoriented as he ".... could not remember which way North was kicking or where he was...''. According to a report on SEN Radio, Wright became agitated at the prospect of having to go to a hospital for treatment and this may have been a result of the concussion and the disorientation.

The Tribunal rejected the defense and upheld the original finding of the MRP. As a result, Cotchin will miss the next four weeks.

Michael Doughty (ADE), rough conduct against Geelong's Matthew Stokes: assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point), and high contact (two points), equaling four activation points, a Level One offense, 125 demerits and a one game suspension. He has a clean record over the past five years which reduces the penalty 25% to 93.75 demerits and accepted, further reducing the penalty to 70.31 demerits and a reprimand.

Jack Redden (BRIS), fined $1200 for a first offense of making contact with an umpire. He accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to $900.

Jordie McKenzie (MELB), fined $1200 for a first offense of making contact with an umpire. He accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to $900.

Ashley McGrath (BRIS), rough conduct against Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell: assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point), and body contact (one point), equaling three activation points, a classification of a Level One offense, 125 demerits, and a one game suspension. His record of one game suspended within the past three years increases the penalty 10% to 137.50 demerits. He also has 68.75 demerits held over from the past year, further increasing the penalty to 206.25 demerits and a two game suspension. He accepted, reducing the penalty to 154.69 demerits and a one game suspension with 54.69 demerits held over toward his future record.

Andrew Embley (WCE), fined $2400 for a second offense of negligent contact with an umpire. He accepted, reducing the fine to $1800.

Eric Mackenzie (WCE), rough conduct against Essendon's Jay Neagle: assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point), and body contact (one point), equaling three activation points, a Level One offense, 125 demerits, and a one game suspension. He accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 93.75 demerits with the demerits held over toward his future record.

Daniel Motlop (PA), rough conduct against Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins: assessed as reckless conduct (two points), medium impact (two points), and body contact (one point), equaling five activation points, Level Two offense, 225 demerits, and a two game suspension. His record of one game suspended within the past year increases the penalty 10% to 247.50 demerits. He also has 64.06 demerits held over from the past year, further increasing the penalty to 311.56 demerits and a three game suspension. He accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 233.67 demerits and a two game suspension.

Andrew Walker (CARL), bumping or making forceful contact front-on against Sydney's Ben McGlynn: assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point), and high contact (two points), equaling four activation points, a Level One offense, 125 demerits, and a one game suspension. His five year clean record reduces the penalty 25% to 93.75 demerits. He accepted, further reducing the penalty another 25% to 70.31 demerits and a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

Michael Firrito (NM), striking Richmond's Robin Nahas: assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point), and high contact (two points), equaling five activation points, a Level Two offense, 125 demerits, and a one game suspension. He accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 93.75 demerits and a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

Source: theage.com.au, sen.com.au & Patrick Keane, AFL Median Release

Article last changed on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 8:37 PM EDT


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