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Match Review Panel full statement: round 18

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in round 18 of the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. The following charges were laid:

Charges laid:
Brian Lake, Hawthorn, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Ty Vickery, Richmond, during the third quarter of the Round 18 match between Hawthorn and Richmond, played at the MCG on Friday July 31, 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 Richmond Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless 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.

James Kelly, Geelong Cats, has been charged with charged with making careless contact with umpire Shaun Ryan, during the third quarter of the Round 18 match between the Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions, played at Simonds Stadium on Saturday August 1, 2015.

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

A first offence for careless contact with an umpire is a $1500 sanction, An early plea reduces the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Steve Johnson, Geelong Cats, has been charged with charged with striking Allen Christensen, Brisbane Lions, during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between the Geelong Cats and the Brisbane Lions, played at Simonds Stadium on Saturday August 1, 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 Brisbane Lions Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as intentional conduct with low impact to the head. This 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.

Nathan Jones, Melbourne, has been charged with wrestling Scott Pendlebury, Collingwood, at the half-time break of the Round 18 match between Melbourne and Collingwod, played at the MCG on Saturday August 1, 2015.

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

A first offence for wrestling is a $1500 sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Mark LeCras, West Coast, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Matt Shaw, Gold Coast Suns, during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between West Cost and the Gold Coast Suns, played at Metricon Stadium on Saturday August 1, 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 Gold Coast Suns Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless conduct with low impact to the head. This was a second classifiable offence and therefore attracts a $2500 sanction. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1500 sanction.

Dylan Buckley, Carlton, has been charged with charged misconduct against Lindsay Thomas, North Melbourne, during the first quarter of the Round 18 match between Carlton and North Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday August 1, 2015.

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

A first offence for misconduct is classified as a $1500 sanction, An early plea reduces the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Michael Firrito, North Melbourne, has been charged with striking Matthew Kreuzer, Carlton, during the second quarter of the Round 18 match between North Melbourne and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday August 1, 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 Carlton Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless conduct with medium impact to the head. This 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.

Jack Steven, St Kilda, has been charged with making unreasonable or unnecessary contact to the face of Travis Boak, Port Adelaide, during the third quarter of the Round 18 match between St Kilda and Port Adelaide, played at Adelaide Oval on Sunday August 2, 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 Port Adelaide Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless contact, with low impact to the head. The offence was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea reduces the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Jack Newnes, St Kilda, has been charged with striking Robbie Gray, Port Adelaide, during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between St Kilda and Port Adelaide, played at Adelaide Oval on Sunday August 2, 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 Port Adelaide Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless contact, with low impact to the head. The offence was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea reduces the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Zac Dawson, Fremantle, has been charged with striking Jeremy Cameron, GWS Giants, during the first quarter of the Round 18 match between Fremantle and the GWS Giants, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday August 2, 2015.

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 GWS Giants Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless contact with high impact to the head. The offence was classified as a three-match sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea reduces the penalty to a two-match sanction.

Toby Greene, GWS Giants, has been charged with a second offence for engaging in a melee during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between the GWS Giants and Fremantle, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday August 2, 2015.

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

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

Jeremy Cameron, GWS Giants, has been charged with engaging in a melee during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between the GWS Giants and Fremantle, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday August 2, 2015.

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

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

David Mundy, Fremantle, has been charged with engaging in a melee during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between Fremantle and the GWS Giants, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday August 2, 2015.

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

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

Zac Dawson, Fremantle, has been charged with engaging in a melee during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between Fremantle and the GWS Giants, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday August 2, 2015.

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

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


Other matters assessed:
The match day report against Hawthorn’s James Frawley for engaging in rough conduct against Richmond’s Jack Riewoldt was assessed. It was the view of the panel the force used in the tackle was not excessive and unreasonable in the circumstances, and was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Sydney Swans’ Ben McGlynn and the Adelaide Crows’ Patrick Dangerfield from the third quarter of Saturday’s match at the SCG. Dangerfield was running to make position to receive a handball when McGlynn bumped him to the chest area. A free kick was paid at the time to the Adelaide player for the contact. It was the view of the panel the matter was dealt with at the time on field and there was not sufficient force to warrant a report. No further action was taken.

Contact between Fremantle’s Hayden Crozier and the GWS Giants’ Matt Buntine from the second quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. Buntine was running towards the ball with his opponent Alex Pearce, with Crozier coming from the opposite direction. As the players approach the ball, Pearce pushed Buntine as he sought to win the ball, and the Giants’ player went into the path of Crozier. It was the view of the panel that the contact by Crozier to Buntine was caused by circumstances outside the control of player Crozier and could not be reasonably foreseen. No further action was taken.