MRP – Rd18

Written by Schwarzwalder on July 23 2018

The AFL advises it has completed the Match Review of the Saturday/Sunday round 18 matches. Please find below the charges laid and also those matters that were explained in detail.

Charges Laid:
Tom Cutler, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Lachlan Murphy, Adelaide Crows, during the third quarter of the Round 18 match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows, played at the Gabba on Saturday July 21, 2018.

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

Based on the available evidence and a medical report from the Adelaide Crows Football Club, the incident was classified as careless conduct with high impact to the head. The incident was assessed as a two-match sanction.

The player can accept a two-match sanction with an early plea.

Daniel McStay, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Luke Brown, Adelaide Crows, during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows, played at the Gabba on Saturday July 21, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available evidence and a medical report from the Adelaide Crows Football Club, the incident was classified as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was assessed as a $3000 sanction.

The player can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Jake Barrett, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with making contact from front-on against Rory Laird, Adelaide Crows, during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows, played at the Gabba on Saturday July 21, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available evidence and a medical report from the Adelaide Crows Football Club, the incident was classified as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was assessed as a $3000 sanction.

The player can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Daniel Howe, Hawthorn, has been charged with striking Patrick Cripps, Carlton, during the first quarter of the Round 18 match between Hawthorn and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday July 22, 2018.

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

Based on the available evidence and a medical report from the Carlton Football Club, the incident was classified as intentional conduct with medium impact to the head. The incident was assessed as a two-match sanction. The player is able to accept a two-match sanction.

Daniel Howe, Hawthorn, has been charged with tripping Zac Fisher, Carlton, during the first quarter of the Round 18 match between Hawthorn and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday July 22, 2018.

In summary, he was referred directly to the Tribunal and was not able to accept an early plea.

Based on the available evidence and a medical report from the Carlton Football Club, the incident was classified as careless conduct with severe impact to the body.

The incident was assessed as a direct referral to the Tribunal. The player is not able to accept an early plea.

Ricky Henderson, Hawthorn, has been charged with making contact from front-on against Levi Casboult, Carlton, during the third quarter of the Round 18 match between Hawthorn and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday July 22, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available evidence and a medical report from the Carlton Football Club, the incident was classified as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was assessed as a $3000 sanction.

The player can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Jack Macrae, Western Bulldogs, has been charged with striking Luke Shuey, West Coast, during the first quarter of the Round 18 match between the Western Bulldogs and West Coast, played at Optus Stadium on Sunday July 22, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available evidence and a medical report from the West Coast Football Club, the incident was classified as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. The incident was assessed as a $3000 sanction.

The player can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Josh Dunkley, Western Bulldogs, has been charged with making careless contact with umpire Chris Donlon during the third quarter of the Round 18 match between the Western Bulldogs and West Coast, played at Optus Stadium on Sunday July 22, 2018.

Making careless contact with an umpire is a fixed financial sanction of $1500.

The player can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Other Incidents
Contact between Fremantle’s Brandon Matera and Essendon’s Zac Merrett from the fourth quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The ball was bounced in the centre and Merrett was seeking to take possession of a loose ball. As Merrett takes possession and prepares to handball, he is pushed in the back by his opponent Michael Walters. Matera, who is coming towards the contest, is in a near-stationary position when contact is made with Merrett. It was the view of the Match Review Officer that Matera did not elect to bump and his actions were not a decision to bump or make forceful contact from front-on. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Brisbane Lions’ Daniel McStay and the Adelaide Crows’ Tom Doedee from the third quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. Doedee has taken possession of the ball when McStay comes towards him to tackle. Doedee lowers himself in a bid to avoid the tackle and McStay makes high contact to the Adelaide player. It was the view of the Match Review Officer that McStay’s actions were a legitimate attempt to tackle. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Geelong Cats’ Tom Hawkins and Melbourne’s Bailey Fritsch from the third quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. Hawkins made contact to Fritsch with an open hand in a pushing motion to the chest area, with incidental high contact made at the time. It was the view of the Match Review Officer it was not a reportable offence and no further action was taken.

Contact between West Coast’s Shannon Hurn and the Western Bulldogs’ Mitch Honeychurch from the third quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The ball is handballed in front of Honeychurch, who is running forward and seeking to take possession. Hurn is in the path of the Bulldogs’ player and takes up a stationary position. Honeychurch does not take possession of the ball and has his head down when contact is made with Hurn. In the instant before contact is made, Hurn turns his body slightly to protect himself and braces for inevitable contact. It was the view of the Match Review Officer that Hurn did not have a realistic alternative way to approach the contest. No further action was taken.

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13 thoughts on “MRP – Rd18”

    1. Looks like I touched a nerve.
      Hurn never once went for the ball, he always went the player. And yes, Honeychurch did miss the ball and stumble, but if you choose to go the player rather the ball then you are liable, apparently.
      And stationary, give me a break. He was stationary at the last moment when be braced. Stopping and bracing actually gives you more stability and a more powerful bump.
      Throwing his hands up just after the bump doesn’t make him innocent, should be 1 game

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    1. He did turn and put a solid hip into the guy’s head… From what I briefly saw anyway.

      I don’t think he should’ve gone, but it’s a lucky dip these days, ergo lucky!

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  1. yep 2 weeks is fair
    I hate sayn that as I am a hawkers member
    recon any “closed fist hit above the shoulders” should be 2 weeks ‘minimum”
    if 2 guys are goin at it should be 2 weeks for each hit
    also recon it should be “minimum” 1 week for a ” below the shoulders hit with a closed fist” as well
    ( in junior footy it should be tripled )
    if the AFL were serious about fazing out cheap shots , they would do it , but they wont , crowd numbers are down & they want their stars out there
    I didn’t see the trip Howe is up for
    also, am amazed Hawkins didn’t get at least a reprimand for hitting Fritsch while he was laying on his back
    disguised it well , hit him in the chest with an open hand but used his 120k of body weight to get him in the nose with the forearm @ the same time ,
    everyone saw it , but the AFL didn’t act
    I guess its ok to deliberately hurt a smaller guy if its your birthday ..

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    1. Agreed PJ, when Howe hit Cripps I immediately said, “2 weeks.” It was stupid.

      The trip is a tough one. He kind of slides in and hits the back of Fisher’s leg. It didn’t get much mention during the match as it was pretty innocuous and Fisher was really unlucky to break his leg. If Fisher hadn’t hurt himself Howe may not even have been cited. I think this will be a case of suspension due to the outcome rather than the action. If the tribunal is fair he’ll get one week for the dangerous action, but if they suspend based on the bad outcome for Fisher, he’ll get 3.

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  2. I agree with Pete.
    Hurn had no intent to go for the ball, his only intent was to bump. Very lucky to get off.
    MRO didn’t see the Marley Williams hit on Jaidyn Stephenson. Yes, Stephenson received a free kick for the indiscretion, but it was head high contact off the ball?
    Another lucky one.

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    1. I didn’t see it
      but you are allowed to bump a player legally & not go for the ball if the ball is in play ..

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    2. Yabby you need to get some better spectacles. All he did was turn his body to stop getting hit down the middle. He was practically stationary and the bulldogs player cannoned into him. He actually couldn’t have done anything else other than lie on his back to avoid contact.

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      1. If you watch the last 2-3 seconds of the play, then yes this is what happened. If you watch the few seconds before that, you’ll see that Yabby and PJ are also right in his choice of the contest. Either way he didn’t get suspended but it was a near thing in my humble opinion.

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