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MRP full statement: round six

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

Charges Laid:

Jake Stringer, Western Bulldogs, has been charged with charged with a second offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 9, 2015.

In summary, he can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

A second offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $2500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1500 sanction.

Michael Talia, Western Bulldogs, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 9, 2015.

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Nick Riewoldt, St Kilda, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 9, 2015.

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Sam Fisher, St Kilda, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 9, 2015.

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Maverick Weller, St Kilda, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 9, 2015.

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Ryan Schoenmakers, Hawthorn, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Jeremy Cameron, GWS Giants, during the fourth quarter of the Round Six match between Hawthorn and the GWS Giants, played at Spotless Stadium on Saturday May 9, 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 GWS Giants Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless 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.

Lynden Dunn, Melbourne, has been charged with kneeing Adam Goodes, Sydney Swans, during the fourth quarter of the Round Six match between Melbourne and the Sydney Swans, played at the MCG on Saturday May 9, 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 Sydney Swans 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.

Mark Baguley, Essendon, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Michael Barlow, Fremantle, during the third quarter of the Round Six match between Essendon and Fremantle, played at Domain Stadium on Saturday May 9, 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 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. 

Darcy Gardiner, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Marc Murphy, Carlton, during the first quarter of the Round Six match between the Brisbane Lions and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 10, 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 Carlton Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless 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.

Tom Rockliff, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between the Brisbane Lions and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 10, 2015. 

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Dayne Beams, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between the Brisbane Lions and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 10, 2015. 

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Claye Beams, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between the Brisbane Lions and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 10, 2015. 

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Darcy Gardiner, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between the Brisbane Lions and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 10, 2015.

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Mark Whiley, Carlton, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between Carlton and the Brisbane Lions, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 10, 2015.

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Patrick Cripps, Carlton, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between Carlton and the Brisbane Lions, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 10, 2015.

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Clem Smith, Carlton, has been charged with charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee at half time of the Round Six match between Carlton and the Brisbane Lions, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 10, 2015.

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

A first offence for engaging in a melee is classified as a $1500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction. 

Other Matters Assessed:

The match day report against Geelong’s Harry Taylor for striking Collingwood’s Travis Cloke was assessed. The panel said Cloke was moving towards a marking contest with Taylor coming from the opposite direction. As Cloke completed the mark, Taylor made high contact with an open hand and a 50 metre penalty was paid against the Geelong Cats’ player. It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required for a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

The match day reports against GWS Giants’ Callan Ward and Hawthorn’s Will Langford for wrestling each other were assessed. After viewing all available footage, the MRP did not proceed with a charge against either player.

Contact between Melbourne’s Bernie Vince and the Sydney Swans’ Tom Mitchell from the second quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The ball was loose with Mitchell bending down to win possession. As Vince came to the contest, Mitchell went to ground and turned into Vince as both players reached for the ball. A high contact free was paid to Mitchell at the time and it was view of the panel that Vince was contesting the ball and had no real alternative way to contest the ball. No further action was taken.

Contact between Carlton’s Tom Bell and the Brisbane Lions’ Nick Robertson from the third quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The ball was close to the boundary with Robertson and Bell both chasing the ball. Robertson attempted to keep the ball in play while Bell bumped his Brisbane opponent to the side. Robertson lost balance after the bump and slid into the fence. It was the view of the panel that Bell was entitled to pressure his opponent and his actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances. No further action was taken.