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MRP full statement: round 11

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in round 11 of the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. The following charges were laid:

Charges Laid:

Matthew Pavlich, Fremantle, has been charged with charged with striking Trent McKenzie, Gold Coast Suns, during the third quarter of the Round 11 match between Fremantle and the Gold Coast Suns, played at Metricon Arena on Saturday June 15, 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 Gold Coast Suns Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. This 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.

Xavier Ellis, West Coast, has been charged with charged with engaging in rough conduct against Joe Daniher, Essendon, during the fourth quarter of the Round 11 match between West Coast and Essendon, played at Domain Stadium on Saturday June 15, 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 Essendon Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless conduct with low impact to the body. This 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.

Kieren Jack, Sydney Swans, has been charged with a first offence for careless contact with an umpire (Jacob Mollison) during the third quarter of the Round 11 match between the Sydney Swans and North Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday June 13, 2015.

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

A first offence for careless umpire contact is a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000  sanction. 

Michael Firrito, North Melbourne, has been charged with charged with striking Lance Franklin, Sydney Swans, during the second quarter of the Round 11 match between North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans, played at Etihad Arena on Saturday June 15, 2015.

In summary, he can accept a $1500 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 careless conduct with low impact to the head. This is a second offence for the player under the rules and was classified as a $2500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1500 sanction.

Other Matters Assessed:

Contact between the Geelong Cats’ Joel Selwood and Port Adelaide’s Tom Jonas from the second quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. Jonas tackles Selwood to the ground and, after the Geelong player releases the ball with a handball, the pair engage in a wrestle. The two players are joined by a further three players before the group breaks apart. As the players move away, Selwood makes high contact to Jonas with an open hand and a free kick is paid against him down ground to Port Adelaide. It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required for a report. No further action was taken.

Contact between Port Adelaide’s Brad Ebert and the Geelong Cats’ Jordan Murdoch from the third quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. Port Adelaide player Sam Colquhuon has the ball and is tackled by Geelong’s Steve Johnson. The ball comes loose and player Murdoch bends down to pick up the while Ebert comes in from the opposite direction to contest the ball. It was the view of the panel that Ebert was contesting the ball and had no real alternative way to contest the ball. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Geelong Cats’ Tom Hawkins and Port Adelaide’s Jasper Pittard from the fourth quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. Pittard marks the ball and Hawkins makes glancing contact with the inside of his arm as the Port Adelaide player completes the mark. It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required for a report. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Gold Coast Suns’ Charlie Dixon and Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne from the third quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. Ballantyne leads for the ball and Dixon makes high contact with the inside of his upper arm and concedes a free kick to his opponent. It was the view of the panel that Dixon’s actions were not reportable and no further action was taken.