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Rockliff to fight fine, Ziebell cleared over Mitchell hit

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Tom Rockliff of the Lions looks dejected after a loss during the 2016 AFL Round 12 match between the Brisbane Lions and the Fremantle Dockers at The Gabba on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Tom Rockliff will appeal his $1500 fine at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night

BRISBANE Lions midfielder Tom Rockliff will face the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday evening to contest a Match Review Panel fine for striking Eagle Matt Priddis.

Rockliff was fined $1500 for striking the Brownlow Medallist at the Gabba on Saturday, but could have accepted a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

If Rockliff is unsuccessful at the Tribunal, he will be forced to fork out the full $1500 amount.

North Melbourne midfielder Jack Ziebell was cleared by the Match Review Panel for his bump on Sam Mitchell and is free to face Adelaide in Thursday night's crucial clash at Adelaide Oval.

Ziebell was scrutinised by the MRP after launching into Mitchell in last Friday night's clash at Etihad Stadium and appearing to make high contact.

However, the Panel decided he had no case to answer, saying there was not enough forceful high contact to constitute a reportable offence.

"It was the view of the panel that contact was primarily made to the upper chest area," the MRP said in its findings.

Melbourne midfielder Bernie Vince also escaped suspension, and has accepted a $1000 fine for his high bump on Sydney Swans star Luke Parker.

The Demons midfielder fumbled the ball in Sunday's clash at the SCG before bracing for contact and collecting Parker high with his right bicep. 

The incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head.

The Demons have a bye this week but face Adelaide at the MCG in round 15.

Essendon ruckman Mark Jamar, who was the only player reported in round 13, was fined $1500 for umpire abuse.

A total of $11,500 in fines were handed down in the first bye round, with Hawk Daniel Howe accepting a $1000 fine for striking Kangaroos veteran Drew Petrie.

Eagle Mark LeCras has accepted accept a $1000 fine for striking Lion Claye Beams.

North Melbourne midfielders Ziebell and Daniel Wells and Hawks Paul Puopolo and Brad Hill all accepted $1000 sanctions for involvement in a melee.

Michael Firrito and Isaac Smith were fined $1000 each for wrestling each other.