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Match Review Panel full statement: round 22

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in Round 22 of the 2016 Toyota AFL premiership season. The following charges were laid: 

Charges Laid:

Heath Grundy, Sydney Swans, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Lindsay Thomas, North Melbourne, during the fourth quarter of the Round 22 match between the Sydney Swans and North Melbourne, played at Blundstone Arena on Saturday August 20, 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 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.

Rory Sloane, Adelaide Crows, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Brad Ebert, Port Adelaide, during the third quarter of the Round 22 match between the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide, played at Adelaide Oval on Saturday August 20, 2016.

In summary, he can accept a one-match 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 medium 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.

Other incidents assessed

Contact between Hawthorn’s Jordan Lewis and West Coast’s Scott Lycett from the fourth quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. Contact was initially made to the shoulder of the West Coast player, before high contact was made. Lycett had already been awarded a free kick and 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 Fremantle’s Michael Apeness and the GWS Giants’ Heath Shaw from the first quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The ball was loose in the Fremantle forward line. Apeness was preparing to bump his opponent Shaw, who was in the process of turning to contest the ball. Shaw did not take possession initially and began to go to ground to pick up the ball when Apeness made high contact. A free kick was paid at the time to Shaw. It was the view of the panel that the force used in the contact was not sufficient to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.