MRP – Rd9

Written by Schwarzwalder on May 21 2018

The AFL advises it has completed the Match Review of the remaining matches in round nine from Saturday / Sunday.

Please find below the charges laid and also those matters that were explained in detail.

Charges Laid:
Jacob Hopper, GWS Giants, has been charged with making careless contact with umpire Simon Meredith during the second quarter of the Round Nine match between the GWS Giants and North Melbourne, played at Blundstone Arena on Saturday May 19, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Making careless contact with an umpire is a fixed financial sanction of $1500. The player can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Jacob Hopper, GWS Giants, has been charged with making careless contact with umpire Simon Meredith during the third quarter of the Round Nine match between the GWS Giants and North Melbourne, played at Blundstone Arena on Saturday May 19, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Making careless contact with an umpire is a fixed financial sanction of $1500. The player can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Darcy Tucker, Fremantle, has been charged with making careless contact with umpire Brent Wallace during the third quarter of the Round Nine match between the Fremantle and the Sydney Swans, played at the SCG on Saturday May 19, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Making careless contact with an umpire is a fixed financial sanction of $1500. The player can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Jack Newnes, St Kilda, has been charged with tripping Flynn Appleby, Collingwood, during the fourth quarter of the Round Nine match between St Kilda and Collingwood, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 19, 2018.

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

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Collingwood Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless 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.

Lochie O’Brien, Carlton, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Bayley Fritsch, Melbourne, during the fourth quarter of the Round Nine match between Carlton and Melbourne, played at the MCG on Sunday May 20, 2018.

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

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Melbourne Football Club, the incident was assessed 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.

Dayne Zorko, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with misconduct against James Sicily, Hawthorn, during the fourth quarter of the Round Nine match between the Brisbane Lions and Hawthorn, played at the Gabba on Sunday May 20, 2018.

In summary, as a second misconduct offence, he can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Misconduct is fixed financial sanction of $3500. The player can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Other Incidents Assessed:
Contact between Port Adelaide’s Sam Powell-Pepper and the Gold Coast Suns’ Lachie Weller from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was reviewed. Powell-Pepper takes possession of a loose ball and transfers the ball from his right hand to left hand. As he is taking possession of the ball, he is confronted by Weller, who seeks to tackle him. As Powell-Pepper moves the ball in his possession, he seeks to break through the tackle from Weller with a fend with his right arm. A free kick was paid at the time to Weller for high contact. It was the view of the Match Review Officer that Powell-Pepper was seeking to evade the tackle and his actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances. It was his view that the free kick was the appropriate decision on the ground and no further action was taken.

Contact between the Sydney Swans’ Lance Franklin and Fremantle’s Joel Hamling from the second quarter of Saturday night’s match was assessed. The ball has come loose after an attempted handball from Sydney’s Gary Rohan. Franklin runs towards the ball to take possession and takes possession with his left hand. The Sydney player is immediately tackled by Fremantle’s Ryan Nyhuis and is also confronted by Hamling, who attempts to tackle as well. Franklin firstly attempts to fend off Hamling with his right hand, before shrugging his left arm, which is holding the ball, in a bid to break the tackle of the two Fremantle players. High contact is made to Hamling, as Franklin seeks to break clear, and the Sydney player releases a handball to his teammate under pressure. It was the view of the Match Review Officer that Franklin was seeking to evade the tackle and his actions while in possession of the ball were not unreasonable in the circumstances. No further action was taken.

Contact between St Kilda’s David Armitageand Collingwood’s Taylor Adams from the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s match was assessed. Collingwood’s Josh Thomas has the ball. Adams is in close proximity and awaits a potential handball from his teammate. Armitage comes towards Adams, anticipating to pressure him if he receives the ball. Thomas elects to handball instead to Lynden Dunn and Armitage, who is in a near stationary position, elects to make contact with Adams with a bump. After viewing all available video evidence and receiving a medical report from the Collingwood Football Club, it was the view of the Match Review Officer there was no forceful high contact made and Armitage’s actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances.

Contact between Melbourne’s Bernie Vinceand Carlton’s Dale Thomas from the first quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The ball is loose with Vince and Thomas coming towards the contest from opposite directions. Vince elects to bump and jumps into the air, making high contact with Thomas. A free kick was paid at the time to the Carlton player. It was the view of the Match Review Officer that Vince’s actions were careless but the force in the contact was below that required for a charge to be laid, considering that Thomas immediately got to his feet and continued in play. No further action was taken.

Contact between Richmond’s Shane Edwardsand West Coast’s Jack Redden from the third quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. Contact was made with an open hand and was below the force required for a charge to be laid. No further action was taken.

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5 thoughts on “MRP – Rd9”

  1. There needs to be a review into how Mcrae scored 177 against Adelaide and yet didn’t receive even 1 coaches vote.

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  2. So another mid year rule change – you can now legally knock a bloke out with an elbow to the face, providing you have the ball in your hands – henceforth known as the Buddy rule.

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    1. I thought that was changed when Burton elected to bump. I think players are encouraged to bump rather than tackle now (Naitanui), at least there are less stoppages as far as the AFL are concerned

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      1. …wondering if Buddy had tried to “evade” the tackle if it was Fyfe trying to pin him instead of Hamling would the MRO view it differently….NicNat gets a week for a great tackle any NRL player would be proud of and Buddy gets away with a fairly forceful elbow to the face and gets cleared?? Pfffft….MRP system is more confusing and il-defined than ever!

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