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Update: AFLW Crow accepts ban for kneeing

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ADELAIDE will be without another key player in its must-win clash against the Western Bulldogs, with Angela Foley accepting a one-match suspension for kneeing Daisy Pearce.

Foley had applied a heavy tag to Pearce throughout the match, but after laying a tackle in the fourth quarter, rose slightly and then drove her knee into Pearce's hip.

Foley's ban was downgraded from two matches to one with her early guilty plea.

The winless Crows have struggled without injured stars Erin Phillips and Courtney Cramey, and are now missing their vice-captain in Foley.

Match review officer Michael Christian said despite a good medical report from Melbourne, he upgraded the impact from low to medium.

"The medical report was clear in respect to Daisy Pearce, and Daisy was able to get up immediately from that incident and continue to play without any attention," Christian said.

"Ordinarily it would have got into the low impact range, but because I thought the incident was capable of causing more serious injury, I upgraded it to medium, hence the two-match sanction."

Fremantle's playing stocks will be tested with forward Stacey Barr banned for one match for striking Collingwood defender Chloe Molloy.

Like Foley, Barr's strike was graded as a two-match suspension, but was downgraded to one with her early guilty plea.

The Dockers already have five of their 31 players on their injury list.

Three other players were charged by the Match Review, but they have accepted reprimands with early guilty pleas.

Molloy came under fierce attention from Dockers players throughout the match, with ruck Alicia Janz reprimanded for striking the 18-year-old.

In the spiteful clash, young Collingwood defender Ilish Ross also reprimanded for rough conduct against Fremantle forward Gabby O'Sullivan.

GWS forward Phoebe McWilliams also escaped with a reprimand for rough conduct on Carlton's Reni Hicks.

Contact between O'Sullivan and Sophie Casey, which resulted in a free kick and concussion to Casey, was assessed. Match review officer Michael Christian said O'Sullivan was trying to avoid a tackle and the resulting high contact to Casey was not careless or a strike.