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Free to play: Star Tiger cleared of forearm on young Cat

Miers falls to ground after bump from Houli Gryan Miers falls over after Bachar Houli pushes past

STAR Richmond backman Bachar Houli is free to play in the Grand Final after being cleared for his forearm on Geelong forward Gryan Miers.

During the third term of Friday night's preliminary final, Houli was running in Miers' direction as he looked to offer an option through the middle of the ground.

Miers, who was standing on the mark, took a couple of steps towards Houli to block the defender, who used his right forearm to fend the Cat away.

Houli consoles Miers on Friday night. Picture: AFL Photos

He went to ground but was up seconds later.

Miers was holding on to his neck afterwards but the contact appeared to be minimal.

Match Review Officer Michael Christian found there was insufficient forceful high contact to warrant a charge being laid.

Houli was rewarded with Virgin Australia All Australian selection for the first time in his career after a sublime season.

He is ranked No.5 for bounces per game in the competition and No.7 for average metres gained per game.

The 31-year-old racked up 32 disposals, 585m gained and a game-high 14 intercepts against the Cats and performed well when the Tigers were struggling in the opening half.

A couple of premiership players are in doubt for the decider though. Tough midfielder Jack Graham suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the early stages of the preliminary final but courageously played out the game while Nathan Broad was concussed after an accidental head knock in a collision with teammate Jayden Short late in the third quarter.

Jack Ross, Dan Butler, Marlion Pickett and Mabior Chol were emergencies for the preliminary final while boom youngster Sydney Stack is set to play limited minutes in Sunday's VFL Grand Final at Ikon Park against Williamstown in his comeback from an ankle syndesmosis issue as he looks to make himself an option for the senior side.