GOLD Coast co-captain David Swallow has copped a one-match suspension for his ugly hit on Port Adelaide's Justin Westhoff on Saturday night, but Essendon defender Michael Hurley and North Melbourne half-back Jasper Pittard have walked away without bans.

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Will Swallow be in trouble for this high hit?

David Swallow makes high contact with Justin Westhoff late in the final quarter

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Hurley has escaped with a $2000 fine for his late strike on Fremantle youngster Sam Sturt in a spoiling contest, avoiding a suspension after the incident was graded as 'careless' and not 'intentional' by Match Review Officer Michael Christian.

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Debutant Sturt nearly wins it for Dockers

Sam Sturt kicked two of his three career first goals in the final quarter to almost lift his side to a come-from-behind win over the Dockers

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Meanwhile, Pittard also walked away with a $2000 fine for tripping Dan Butler in what was a crude attempt at stopping the run of the St Kilda forward.

But Swallow will miss the Suns' next match – whenever it is played – with his late elbow to the jaw of Westhoff deemed worthy of a one-game suspension by Christian.

MATCH REVIEW Read the MRO's statement after round one

The incident was graded as intentional conduct, with low impact to the head.

In other incidents assessed across round one:

  • Fremantle's Bailey Banfield was fined $2000 for striking Essendon defender Adam Saad.
  • Port Adelaide's Steven Motlop was handed a $1000 misconduct fine following an incident involving Gold Coast defender Sam Collins.

In AFLW news, Carlton star Tayla Harris avoided any punishment despite being reported for a dangerous tackle during her side's semi-final victory over Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

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Harris on report for sling tackle

Tayla Harris has her number taken for a sling tackle on Emily Bates

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However, there were fines dished out for Collingwood's Brittany Bonnici ($400 for rough conduct) and Greater Western Sydney's Alicia Eva ($400 for front-on contact).