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MRP full statement: round three

Charges laid:
Patrick Ryder, Essendon
, has been charged with a level four engaging in rough conduct offence (425 demerit points, four-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Luke McPharlin, Fremantle, during the first quarter of the round three match between Essendon and Fremantle, played at Patersons Stadium on Friday April 12, 2013.

In summary, his previous carry-over points from other offences mean he can accept a three-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Fremantle Football Club, the incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), high impact (three points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of seven activation points, resulting in a classification of a level four offence, drawing 425 demerit points and a four-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of 66 demerit points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 491 demerit points and a four-match sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 368.25 points and a three-match sanction.

Nick Kommer, Essendon, has been charged with a level three engaging in rough conduct offence (325 demerit points, three-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Kepler Bradley, Fremantle, during the first quarter of the round three match between Essendon and Fremantle, played at Patersons Stadium on Friday April 12, 2013.

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

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Fremantle Football Club, the incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), medium impact (two points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a level three offence, drawing 325 demerit points and a three-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 243.75 demerit points and a two-match sanction.

Devon Smith, GWS, has been charged with a level two engaging in rough conduct offence (225 demerit points, two-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Jarryn Geary, St Kilda, during the fourth quarter of the round three match between GWS and St Kilda, played at Manuka Oval on Saturday April 13, 2013.

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

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the St Kilda Football Club, the incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), medium impact (two points) and body contact (one point). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a level two offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 168.75 points and a one-match sanction.

Other incidents assessed:
The match day report against Collingwood's Harry O'Brien for making forceful contact from front-on against Hawthorn's Luke Hodge was assessed. The panel said the ball was loose on the ground with O'Brien and Hodge coming to the contest from opposite directions. Hodge elected to dive at the ball while O'Brien remained on his feet and prepared for possible side to side contact. After viewing all available footage and speaking to the umpire who laid the report on the day, it was the view of the panel that Hodge's action contributed to the contact below the knees on O'Brien and the Collingwood player should have received a free kick. It was the panel's view that O'Brien's actions were not reportable and no further action was taken.

The match day report against Adelaide's Bernie Vince for charging Port Adelaide's Chad Wingard was assessed. Wingard has the ball passed to him by a team mate and is jumping to mark. Vince comes to the contest from the side as Wingard is completing the mark and his arm makes contact to the Port Adelaide player's chest, before sliding up the body to make high contact. After viewing all available footage, speaking to the umpire who laid the report at the time and receiving a medical report from the Port Adelaide Football Club, it was the view of the panel that Vince's action was not a striking action. No further action was taken.

Contact between Essendon's Nick Kommer and Fremantle's Lee Spurr from the fourth quarter of Friday's match was assessed. The ball was loose with Kommer and Spurr coming to the contest at a 90 degree angle to each other. Kommer elected to go to ground and slid into the contest, making contact below the knees with his opponent Spurr. A free kick was paid to the Fremantle player at the time. It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

Contact between Essendon's Nick Kommer and Fremantle's Tendai Mzungu from the fourth quarter of Friday's match was assessed. Mzungu is preparing to kick the ball when Kommer lunges at him from behind and makes contact with the Fremantle player's leg with his hand. A free kick was paid to Mzungu for the trip. After viewing all available footage and receiving a medical report from the Fremantle football club, it was the view of the panel that the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence.

Contact between the Brisbane Lions' Dayne Zorko and Gold Coast's Jaeger O'Meara from the third quarter of Saturday's match was assessed. After viewing all available footage and receiving a medical report from the Gold Coast Football Club, it was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence.

Contact between the Brisbane Lions' Jack Redden and Gold Coast's Gary Ablett from the fourth quarter of Saturday's match was assessed. The ball is out of bounds at a stop-play situation. As the players were preparing to take position, Redden bumps Ablett to the ground. After viewing all available footage and receiving a medical report from the Gold Coast Suns Football Club, it was the view of the panel that a free kick should have been paid to Ablett, if the contact had been seen on the night by an umpire, but the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence.