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Tribunal to sit as Tiger challenges ban

Premiership stars banned Matt Thompson and Michael Christian reveal all the Match Review findings for round four
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Jack Graham will challenge his one-match suspension

RICHMOND will challenge the one-game ban offered to Jack Graham at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday evening.

Graham was offered the suspension for striking Brisbane's Dayne Zorko and doesn't risk increasing the length of the ban if he fails to have it overturned.

He was charged with striking Brisbane Lion Dayne Zorko during the third quarter of Richmond's victory at the MCG on Saturday.

Graham went to bump Zorko but hit him high with his right arm just after the Lion had launched a clearing kick.

The Richmond midfielder's conduct was judged to be intentional, low impact and involving high contact.

Match Review Officer Michael Christian said in assessing Graham's strike as low impact "the potential to cause a more serious injury was taken into account".

"He raised his forearm and made contact with Zorko's head and that's something we don't want to see in the game," Christian said.

Christian also said that strikes involving a player lifting his arm away from his body would generally be graded intentional.

If the ban is confirmed, he will be ineligible for the 2018 NAB AFL Rising Star award. The premiership Tiger was equal sixth favourite at $17 for this year's award on Monday afternoon. 

Western Bulldogs midfielder Lachie Hunter accepted his one-match ban for rough conduct on Sydney's Tom Papley.

Hunter was charged with rough conduct after an incident in the third quarter of the Bulldogs' loss to Sydney on Saturday, when he rushed in while Swans forward Tom Papley was lying on the ground and shoved his head forcefully into the turf.

Christian assessed Hunter's conduct as intentional, low impact and involving high contact, triggering a one-match ban.


Richmond's Kamdyn McIntosh, Swan Dan Hannebery, Carlton's Sam Petrevski-Seton and Demon Sam Frost all accepted their fines.