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MRP full statement: round two

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in round two of the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. The following charges were laid:

Alex Sexton, Gold Coast Suns, has been charged with striking Jack Lonie, St Kilda, during the third quarter of the Round Two match between the Gold Coast Suns and St Kilda, played at Metricon Oval on Saturday April 11. 2015.

In summary, he can accept a one-match with an early plea, after the incident was classified as a two-match sanction.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the St Kilda Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as intentional conduct with low impact to the head. The offence was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a one-match sanction.

Stephen May, Gold Coast Suns, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Jack Lonie, St Kilda, during the fourth quarter of the Round Two match between the Gold Coast Suns and St Kilda, played at Metricon Oval on Saturday April 11. 2015.

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

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the St Kilda Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The offence was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Mitch Duncan, Geelong Cats, has been charged with tripping Nat Fyfe, Fremantle, during the first quarter of the Round Two match between the Geelong Cats and Fremantle, played at Simonds Stadium on Sunday April 12, 2015.

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

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Fremantle Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. The offence was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Hayden Ballantyne, Fremantle, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Harry Taylor, Geelong Cats, during the fourth quarter of the Round Two match between Fremantle and the Geelong Cats, played at Simonds Stadium on Sunday April 12. 2015..

In summary, he can accept a two-match with an early plea, after the incident was classified as a two-match sanction and the player's bad record increased the penalty to a three-match sanction.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Geelong Cats Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless conduct with medium impact to the head. The offence was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has an applicable bad record, which INCREASES the penalty to a three-match sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a two-match sanction.

Billie Smedts, Geelong Cats, has been charged with striking Lee Spurr, Fremantle, during the fourth quarter of the Round Two match between the Geelong Cats and Fremantle, played at Simonds Stadium on Sunday April 12, 2015..

In summary, he can accept a one-match with an early plea, after the incident was classified as a two-match sanction.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Fremantle Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as intentional conduct with low impact to the head. The offence was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has no applicable record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a one-match sanction.

Michael Firrito, North Melbourne, has been charged with striking Allen Christensen, Brisbane Lions, during the second quarter of the Round Two match between North Melbourne and the Brisbane Lions, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday April 12, 2015..

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

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Brisbane Lions Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. The offence was classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Other Matters Assessed:
Contact between Collingwood's Taylor Adams and the Adelaide Crows' Brodie Smith from the fourth quarter of Saturday's match was assessed. Smith had the ball and handballed to team mate Patrick Dangerfield. As Smith was preparing to release the ball, he was tackled by his opponent Adams and taken to the ground. As Smith was going to ground, high contact was made to Smith with the knee of Collingwood player Travis Varcoe, who was seeking to place pressure on the disposal of player Dangerfield. It was the view of the panel the high contact between Varcoe's knee and Smith was caused by circumstances outside the control of player Adams and could not be reasonably foreseen. No further action was taken.

Contact between Port Adelaide's Jackson Trengove and the Sydney Swans' Isaac Heeney from the third quarter of Saturday's match was assessed. Sydney had scored a goal and the ball was being transferred back to the centre. Trengove and opponent Kurt Tippett had confronted each other after the goal had been scored, with other players in the immediate vicinity. Trengove made contact to Tippettt's shoulder with an open hand as he pushed out towards him. As he did so, Trengove's hand slipped off the Sydney player and made contact with Heeney, who was standing next to Tippett, to the Sydney player's face. It was the view of the panel the high contact to Heeney was below the force required to constitute a report. No further action was taken.