Matthew Cottrell and Ryan Lester in action during the preliminary final between Brisbane and Carlton at the Gabba on September 23, 2023. Picture: AFL Photos

BRISBANE key defender Ryan Lester is free to play in the Grand Final but has been slapped with a fine for tripping Carlton's Blake Acres during the Lions' 16-point win over the Blues in Saturday's preliminary final.

The incident occurred in the second term, with Lester slapped with a $1,500 fine by the Match Review Officer.

The penalty can be reduced to $1,000 with an early plea.