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Match Review Panel: full statement

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in week four of the 2016 NAB Challenge. The following charges were laid:

Charges Laid:

Dustin Martin, Richmond, has been charged with wrestling Jarman Impey, Port Adelaide, during the third quarter of the Round Four NAB Challenge match between Richmond and Port Adelaide, played at Etihad Stadium on Thursday March 10, 2016.

In summary, his $1500 sanction can be reduced to a $1000 sanction with an early guilty plea.

The incident was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

Jarman Impey, Port Adelaide, has been charged with wrestling Dustin Martin, Richmond, during the third quarter of the Round Four NAB Challenge match between Port Adelaide and Richmond, played at Etihad Stadium on Thursday March 10, 2016.

In summary, his $1500 sanction can be reduced to a $1000 sanction with an early guilty plea.

The incident was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

Dale Thomas, Carlton, has been charged with striking Jeremy Laidler, Sydney Swans, during the first quarter of the Round Four NAB Challenge match between Carlton and the Sydney Swans, played at Etihad Stadium on Friday March 11, 2016.

In summary, his two-match sanction can be reduced to one match 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 head. The incident was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a one-match sanction.

Andrew Walker, Carlton, has been charged with wrestling Jeremy Laidler, Sydney Swans, during the first quarter of the Round Four NAB Challenge match between Carlton and the Sydney Swans, played at Etihad Stadium on Friday March 11, 2016.

In summary, his $1500 sanction can be reduced to a $1000 sanction with an early guilty plea.

The incident was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

Nakia Cockatoo, Geelong Cats, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Michael Johnson, Fremantle, during the fourth quarter of the Round Four NAB Challenge match between the Geelong Cats and Fremantle, played at Domain Stadium on Saturday March 12, 2016.

In summary, his three-match sanction can be reduced to two matches with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Fremantle Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with high impact to the head. The incident was classified as a three-match sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a two-match sanction.

Blake Hardwick, Hawthorn, has been charged with striking Todd Goldstein, North Melbourne, during the fourth quarter of the Round Four NAB Challenge match between Hawthorn and North Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday March 12, 2016.

In summary, his $1500 sanction can be reduced to a $1000 sanction with an early guilty plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the North Melbourne 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 record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

Jeremy Cameron, GWS Giants, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Rhys Mathieson, Brisbane Lions, during the third quarter of the Round Four NAB Challenge match between the GWS Giants and the Brisbane Lions, played at Metricon Stadium on Sunday March 13, 2016.

In summary, the offence has been referred directly to the Tribunal for its determination and he cannot accept an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Brisbane Lions Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with severe impact to the head. The incident was classified as a direct referral to the Tribunal and an early plea is not available to the player.

Dayne Zorko, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with striking Phil Davis, GWS Giants, during the third quarter of the Round Four NAB Challenge match between the Brisbane Lions and the GWS Giants, played at Metricon Stadium on Sunday March 13, 2016.

In summary, his two-match sanction can be reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the GWS Giants Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a one-match sanction.

Cameron Pedersen, Melbourne, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Nathan Wright, St Kilda, during the fourth quarter of the Round Four NAB Challenge match between Melbourne and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday March 13, 2016.

In summary, his $1500 sanction can be reduced to a $1000 sanction with an early guilty plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the St Kilda Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

Other Incidents Assessed:

Contact between Port Adelaide’s Hamish Hartlett and Richmond’s Jacob Townsend from the third quarter of Thursday’s match was assessed. It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

Contact between Hawthorn’s Sam Mitchell and North Melbourne’s Ben Jacobs from the first quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said that Mitchell made high contact to Jacobs with two hands pushing into his opponent’s face. Mitchell had both of his hands open at the time and a free kick was paid to Jacobs at the time, with North Melbourne being awarded advantage. It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.