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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 2016 Toyota AFL premiership season. The following charges were laid:

Charges Laid:

Jamie Cripps, West Coast, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Max Gawn, Melbourne, during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between West Coast and Melbourne, played at Domain Stadium on Saturday July 23, 2016.

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

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the 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 McGovern, West Coast, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Dean Kent, Melbourne, during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between West Coast and Melbourne, played at Domain Stadium on Saturday July 23, 2016.

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

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Melbourne

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. 

Steven Motlop, Geelong Cats, has been charged with wrestling Matt Crouch, Adelaide Crows, during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between the Geelong Cats and the Adelaide Crows, played at Simond Stadium on Saturday July 23, 2016. 

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

A first offence for wrestling 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.

Matt Crouch, Adelaide Crows, has been charged with wrestling Steven Motlop, Geelong Cats, during the fourth quarter of the Round 18 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats, played at Simond Stadium on Saturday July 23, 2016.

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

A first offence for wrestling 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.

Rhys Mathieson, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with kneeing Zac Merrett, Essendon, during the third quarter of the Round 18 match between the Brisbane Lions and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday July 24, 2016. 

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

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Essendon 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. 

Toby Greene, GWS Giants, has been charged with misconduct against Brendon Ah Chee, Port Adelaide, for pushing him into the fence during the first quarter of the Round 18 match between the GWS Giants and Port Adelaide, played at Adelaide Oval on Sunday July 24, 2016.

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

A misconduct offence is 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. 

Tom Scully, GWS Giants, has been charged with striking Kane Mitchell, Port Adelaide, during the third quarter of the Round 18 match between the GWS Giants and Port Adelaide, played at Adelaide Oval on Sunday July 24, 2016.

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

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Port Adelaide 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 Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy and North Melbourne’s Jack Ziebell from the first quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. After viewing all available vision, including down the ground vision, the panel said Grundy was moving back to the centre square after a goal was scored when Ziebell stepped into the path of the Collingwood player. Ziebell sought to block Grundy and high contact was made. It was the view of the panel that Grundy was seeking to get past his opponent to return to the centre and the contact was not deemed to be reportable. No further action was taken. 

Contact between Collingwood’s Jesse White and North Melbourne’s Jack Ziebell from the first quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. The two players were watching play on the wing and moving towards each other on an angle. As contact was about to made, White braced for body contact and Ziebell went to ground. A free kick was paid at the time to the North Melbourne player by the outside zone umpire. It was the view of the panel that White’s actions were not reportable and no further action was required beyond the free kick that was paid at the time.

Contact between Collingwood’s Travis Varcoe and North Melbourne’s Brad McKenzie from the second quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. After viewing all available vision and speaking to the emergency umpire who was in close proximity to the incident, it was the view of the panel the pair were grappling when high contact was made. The force used was below that required for a report and no further action was taken.