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Match Review Panel full statement: round one

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in round one of the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. The following charges were laid:

Charges Laid:

Levi Casboult, Carlton, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Nick Vlastuin, Richmond, during the first quarter of the Round One match between Carlton and Richmond, played at the MCG on Thursday March 23, 2017. 

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 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.

Travis Varcoe, Collingwood, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Luke Dahlhaus, Western Bulldogs, during the first quarter of the Round One match between Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs, played at the MCG on Friday March 24, 2017. 

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 Western Bulldogs 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. 

Hamish Hartlett, Port Adelaide, has been charged with striking Jordan Foote, Sydney Swans, during the third quarter of the Round One match between Port Adelaide and the Sydney Swans, played at the SCG on Saturday Marcy 25, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a $1500 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. This is a second classifiable offence and therefore was adjudged as a $2500 sanction. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1500 sanction.

Bernie Vince, Melbourne, has been charged with striking Nathan Wright, St Kilda, during the third quarter of the Round One match between Melbourne and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday March 25, 2017. 

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

Based on the available evidence and a medical report from the St Kilda 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.

Michael Walters, Fremantle, has been charged with a second offence for engaging in a melee during the second quarter of the Round One match between Fremantle and the Geelong Cats, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday March 26, 2017.

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 enables the player to accept a $1500 sanction. 

Cam McCarthy, Fremantle, has been charged with a second offence for engaging in a melee during the second quarter of the Round One match between Fremantle and the Geelong Cats, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday March 26, 2017. 

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 enables the player to accept a $1500 sanction. 

Zach Tuohy, Geelong Cats, has been charged with a second offence for engaging in a melee during the second quarter of the Round One match between the Geelong Cats and Fremantle, played at Domain Stadium on Sunday March 26, 2017. 

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 enables the player to accept a $1500 sanction.

Other incidents assessed

The match day report against Richmond’s Alex Rance for engaging in rough conduct against Carlton’s Matthew Wright from the fourth quarter of Thursday’s match was assessed. Wright was seeking to pick up a loose ball in the Carlton forward line. Rance establishes his defensive position and is close to stationary when contact was made high to Wright with Rance’s right arm. It was the view of the panel that contact between the two players was inevitable but the high contact was incidental and no further action was required.

Contact between West Coast’s Jeremy McGovern and North Melbourne’s Jarrad Waite from the third quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The panel said the ball was loose with the players McGovern and Waite seeking to contest the ball. McGovern has his right arm down to reach for the ball when high contact was made to Waite and a free kick was paid to the North Melbourne player. It was the view of the panel that McGovern was contesting the ball and no further action was required.