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Big Cat escapes ban for high hit, Hawk and Dog also fined

Why star Cat wasn't banned: MRO explains Callum Twomey and MRO Michael Christian wrap up the round 11 Match Review findings

GEELONG star Tom Hawkins is free to face Richmond in Friday night's blockbuster after being fined by the Match Review Officer for his strike on Sydney's Jordan Dawson.

The Cats goalkicker collected Dawson's head with his forearm after the Swan had taken a mark deep in his defence in the last quarter of Geelong's win.

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The incident cost Geelong a 50-metre penalty but won't see Hawkins miss any games, after MRO Michael Christian classified it as careless, low impact and high contact.

 

It sees Hawkins fined $5000, which can be reduced to $3000 with an early plea. It is Hawkins' second financial offence this year.

The 30-year-old, who has booted 31 goals this season, was one of four players fined by the MRO from round 11.

Hawthorn backman James Sicily was cited for his contact with Brisbane's Lincoln McCarty and can accept a $2000 fine for the strike.

 

Emerging Western Bulldogs star Aaron Naughton was reported for striking West Coast's Will Schofield in the fourth quarter of the Dogs' loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

Naughton can accept a $2000 financial sanction for the off-the-ball incident, which was assessed as intentional and low impact to the body.

 

Collingwood star Adam Treloar will also be lighter in the pocket, after being hit with a fixed $1500 fine for his body strike to Fremantle's Reece Conca in Saturday's loss at the MCG.

A front-on collision between Carlton's Levi Casboult and Bombers midfielder Zach Merrett was assessed but Casboult was cleared of any wrongdoing.