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Full Match Review Panel statement: round 14

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in round 14 of the 2015 AFL Premiership Season. The following charges were laid:

Charges laid:
Matthew Broadbent, Port Adelaide, has been charged with making unreasonable or unnecessary contact to an injured player (Luke Parker), during the third quarter of the Round 14 match between Port Adelaide and the Sydney Swans, played at the SCG on Thursday July 2, 2015.

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

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Sydney Swans Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct, with low impact to the body. The incident was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

Travis Varcoe, Collingwood, has been charged with charged with making forceful contact from front-on against Cyril Rioli, Hawthorn, during the fourth quarter of the Round 14 match between Collingwood and Hawthorn, played at the MCG on Friday July 3, 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 Hawthorn Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless conduct with low impact to the head. 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.

Trent Cotchin, Richmond, has been charged with charged with striking Zac Williams, GWS, during the first quarter of the Round 14 match between Richmond and GWS, played at the MCG on Saturday July 4, 2015.

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

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from Greater Western Sydney, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless conduct with low impact to the head. 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.

Callan Ward, GWS, has been charged with a second offence of being involved in a melee during the first quarter of the Round 14 match between Richmond and GWS, played at the MCG on Saturday July 4, 2015.

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

A second offence for being involved in a melee is a $2500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1500 sanction.

Cam McCarthy, GWS, has been charged with a first offence of being involved in a melee during the first quarter of the Round 14 match between Richmond and GWS, played at the MCG on Saturday July 4, 2015.

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

A first offence for being involved in a melee is a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Adam Treloar, GWS, has been charged with a first offence of being involved in a melee during the first quarter of the Round 14 match between Richmond and GWS, played at the MCG on Saturday July 4, 2015.

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

A first offence for being involved in a melee is a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Jake Batchelor, Richmond, has been charged with a first offence of being involved in a melee during the first quarter of the Round 14 match between Richmond and GWS, played at the MCG on Saturday July 4, 2015.

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

A first offence for being involved in a melee is a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Toby Greene, GWS, has been charged with a first offence of spitting at an opposition player (Atnhony Miles) during the second quarter of the Round 14 match between Richmond and GWS, played at the MCG on Saturday July 4, 2015.

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

A first offence for spitting is a $2500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1500 sanction.

Ivan Maric, Richmond, has been charged with charged with striking Jack Steele, GWS, during the third quarter of the Round 14 match between Richmond and GWS, played at the MCG on Saturday July 4, 2015.

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

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from Greater Western Sydney, 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 no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a one-match sanction.

Mark LeCras, West Coast, has been charged with charged with striking Neville Jetta, Melbourne, during the second quarter of the Round 14 match between West Coast and Melbourne, played at TIO Stadium on Saturday July 4, 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 Melbourne 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.

Mark Baguley, Essendon, has been charged with charged with striking Jack Lonie, St Kilda, during the second quarter of the Round 14 match between Essendon and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday July 5, 2015.

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, 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.

Darcy Gardiner, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with wrestling Hayden Ballantyne, Fremantle, during the second quarter of the Round 14 match between the Brisbane Lions and Fremantle, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday July 5, 2015.

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

A first offence for wrestling is 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 wrestling Darcy Gardiner, Brisbane Lions, during the second quarter of the Round 14 match between Fremantle and the Brisbane Lions, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday July 5, 2015.

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

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

Other matters assessed:

Contact between the Sydney Swans' Dan Hannebery and Port Adelaide's Jay Schulz from the first quarter of Thursday's match was assessed. The panel said the ball was loose after a hitout. Hannebery and Schulz both approached the ball, arriving simultaneously. Contact was made to Schulz from front on by Hannebery. It was the view of the panel that Hannebery was contesting the ball and did not have a realistic alternative way to contest the ball. No further action was taken.

Contact between Port Adelaide's Jay Schulz and the Sydney Swans' Ted Richards from the third quarter of Thursday's match was assessed. The panel said Richards took possession of a loose ball and was tackled by Schulz from behind. In the course of the tackle, Richards’ head made forceful contact with the ground. It was the view of the panel that the tackle was not unreasonable in the circumstances. The panel said, in their view, the tackle was undertaken in one continuous motion, with no secondary action. It was determined no further action would be taken.

Contact between Collingwood’s Jamie Elliott and Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell from the third quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. The ball was bounced and Mitchell was away from the contest. Elliott comes towards the area of the ball and Mitchell steps to his left into the path of the Collingwood player. Elliott made contact to Mitchell’s back and he went to ground. It was the view of the panel a free kick should have been paid if the contact had been seen but the force used was below that required to constitute a report. No further action was taken.