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Big Don banned for Gawn whack, Cat cleared

Don, Lion banned for off-the-ball hits Matt Thompson and Michael Christian wrap up the round six Match Review

ESSENDON ruckman Matthew Leuenberger has accepted his one-game ban for striking Melbourne big man Max Gawn in the final quarter of Sunday's clash at Etihad Stadium. 

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The two ruckmen were running in the middle of the ground when Leuenberger struck Gawn. It was assessed by Match Review Officer Michael Christian as intentional conduct with low impact to the head.

Essendon faces Hawthorn on Saturday afternoon at the MCG.

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Meanwhile, Brisbane will be without Nick Robertson against Collingwood on Sunday after he was accepted a one-match suspension for striking Giant forward Harrison Himmelberg in the third quarter of Saturday's contest.

Robertson's incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the head.

WATCH: Robertson's off-the-ball hit 

Geelong speedster Jordan Murdoch's match-day report for rough conduct on Swan Isaac Heeney was thrown out, with Christian finding Murdoch didn't have another realistic way to contest the football.

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Cats coach Chris Scott was scathing of match-day reports in the aftermath of that game, saying they were a pointless process.

WATCH: Murdoch reported for Heeney bump


A host of fines were handed out across the weekend.

West Coast star Luke Shuey was found to have kneed Fremantle tagger Bailey Banfield in the opening term and has been accepted a $2000 fine. That was seen as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. 

Fellow Eagle Chris Masten was cited for misconduct on Ed Langdon, but escaped with a $1500 sanction.

WATCH: Masten clashes with Langdon


Melbourne backman Bernie Vince has accepted a $2000 sanction for striking Darcy Parish in the last quarter, assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head.

North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein has accepted a $1500 fine for misconduct against Ollie Wines.

Isaac Heeney has been given the all clear for his tackle on Cat George Horlin-Smith with Christian finding it to be a reasonable action in the circumstances.

WATCH: Horlin-Smith groggy after Heeney tackle

A tussle at the end of the third quarter of that game saw young Swan Ben Ronke offered a $1500 fine for instigating a melee, which he had accepted. Geelong defender Zach Tuohy has accepted the same sanction for engaging in a melee, which was increased for a second offence, while Tom Stewart and Kieren Jack were hit with the same charge and accepted $1000 fines.

Gold Coast co-captain Tom Lynch was charged with misconduct against Adelaide forward Mitch McGovern in the third quarter and has accepted a $1500 fine. 

Tigers superstar Dustin Martin, Crows onballer Matt Crouch, Suns midfielder David Swallow, Roos tough nut Ben Cunnington and Power forward Steven Motlop all accepted $1000 fines for umpire contact.

A match-day report on Port Adelaide defender Darcy Byrne-Jones for striking North Melbourne skipper Jack Ziebell was thrown out, with the force of the high contact below the threshold of force required for a charge to be laid.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin's tackle on Jarryd Blair in the third quarter was looked at, but the force was found to be too low to warrant a report.