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Match review panel: round four

Match review panel: round four

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5:20 PM Mon 19 April, 2010
The AFL wishes to advise the match review panel has reviewed the matches played from the weekend.

The following charges were laid:

Matthew Kreuzer, Carlton, has been charged with making negligent contact with umpire Jacob Mollison during the third quarter of the round four match between Carlton and the Adelaide Crows, played at AAMI Stadium on Saturday April 17, 2010. 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.

Daniel Jackson, Richmond, has been charged with striking James McDonald, Melbourne, during the second quarter of the round four match between Richmond and Melbourne, played at the MCG on Sunday April 18, 2010. In summary, he can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record with an early plea.
The incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a level two offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record.

Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, has been charged with tripping Robert Gray, Port Adelaide, during the first quarter of the round four match between the Geelong Cats and Port Adelaide, played at Skilled Stadium on Sunday April 18, 2010. In summary, he can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record with an early plea. The incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point). 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 45 demerit points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record.

Leigh Montagna, St Kilda, has been charged with tripping Des Headland, Fremantle, during the fourth quarter of the round four match between St Kilda and Fremantle, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday April 18, 2010. In summary, he can accept a reprimand and 45 points towards his future record with an early plea.
The incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point). 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 an existing five-year good record, which reduces the penalty by 20 per cent to 60 demerit points. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 45 points towards his future record.

Other incidents assessed
The match day report laid against Melbourne’s Brent Moloney for striking Richmond’s Ben Nason during the second quarter of Sunday’s game was assessed. It was the view of the panel that the contact made was a bump which did not contact Nason high. Contact was made to the shoulder area. No further action was taken.
 
Contact between Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher and West Coast’s Josh Kennedy from the first quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. The panel said Fletcher was reaching for the ball when contact was made to Kennedy, who was bending over the ball. The contact was judged to be a realistic attempt by Fletcher to gather possession. No further action was taken.
 
Contact between Hawthorn’s Carl Peterson and Collingwood’s Sharrod Wellingham from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said Wellingham was contesting the ball. Peterson came to the contest with his eyes on the ball and slid downwards, with his arms reaching for the football. It was judged to be a realistic attempt to gain possession. No further action was taken.
 
Contact between Collingwood’s Sharrod Wellingham and Hawthorn’s Luke Hodge from the fourth quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. At a bounce in the centre, Hodge was fumbling for the football when he was met by Wellingham. Until the moment before impact, Wellingham had his eyes on the ball and then braced for contact, when it was inevitable the players would meet. It was deemed that the contact made was not unreasonable in the circumstances. No further action was taken.
 
Contact between the Western Bulldogs’ Ryan Hargrave and the Brisbane Lions’ Jared Brennan from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The force of the impact was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.
 
Contact to Port Adelaide’s Kane Cornes by the Geelong Cats’ Corey Enright with a 18.31 remaining in the first quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The panel said that given the vision available, it could not determine as to whether the player was bumped to the ground, or fell to the ground. No further action was taken.
 
Contact between the Geelong Cats’ Darren Milburn and Port Adelaide’s Chad Cornes from the second quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The panel said that Cornes had possession of the ball and Milburn was moving towards him and committed to apply pressure. Cornes handballed the ball away to a teammate and Milburn could not avoid contact, and then braced himself. Primary contact was made body to body with Milburn’s head also making contact to Cornes’ face. It was deemed that the force used by player Milburn was not excessive in the circumstances, that Cornes was involved in the passage of play and that Cornes could influence the contest. The panel said that Milburn did not run from a long distance to make contact, that the contact was inevitable in the circumstances, that Milburn did not use an elbow as part of the bumping action and that Milburn did not leave the ground during the action of bumping. The panel said that Cornes could reasonably expect contact in the passage of play and, in all of the circumstances outlined, the head clash was deemed to be incidental contact and Milburn’s actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances. No further action was taken.
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