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MRP: Tom Hawkins facing ban, Tom Lynch free to play

MRP bans Tomahawk for striking Star Cat Tom Hawkins hit with one-match ban for striking Phil Davis

GEELONG is weighing up a Tribunal challenge on Tuesday night after key forward Tom Hawkins was slapped with a one-match suspension for striking Greater Western Sydney defender Phil Davis.

Hawkins was grappling with Davis and made contact to his opponent's chin and neck with his left hand early in the fourth quarter of Saturday's clash at Spotless Stadium.

Geelong risks a two-match ban if it chooses to fight the charge, which was graded as intentional conduct with low impact to the head, in a bid to keep its leading goalkicker available for Saturday night's top-four clash against North Melbourne.

The Cats would likely seek to have the intent downgraded from intentional to careless and have until 11am Tuesday to notify the AFL if they will take their case to the Tribunal.

Tom Hawkins has been offered a one-match ban for striking Phil Davis

Hawthorn ruckman Jon Ceglar has also been offered a one-match ban for striking young Melbourne star Jesse Hogan in the only other suspension arising out of round 11.

WATCH: Jon Ceglar's off-the-ball strike

Bernie Vince's match-day report for striking Hawthorn midfielder Isaac Smith was thrown out, with the MRP deeming there was insufficient force.


The MRP also cleared West Coast captain Shannon Hurn for a high bump on Jordan Roughead, deciding the Eagles defender had braced for contact, with the impact caused by circumstances outside his control.

Essendon's Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has escaped suspension for his high bump on Fremantle forward Chris Mayne, with the MRP offering him a $1000 fine.

Lions midfielder Dayne Zorko can accept a $1000 fine for striking Carlton's Dale Thomas.

Gold Coast forward Tom Lynch can accept a $1500 fine for striking Sydney Swans defender Jeremy Laidler in the stomach.