Blackwell up for tribunal
Luke Blackwell. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

Luke Blackwell will appear before the WAFL Tribunal on Tuesday night in the hearing that will determine whether he can add another Sandover Medal to his list of achievements.

Claremont's centreman was %reported for striking East Fremantle's Richard Hadley on Saturday.

Inconclusive vision of the incident that left Hadley with a fractured eye socket meant the report was sent to the tribunal rather than being assessed by the WAFL match review panel.

Hadley also received seven stitches after the former Carlton teammates clashed early in the second quarter at Claremont Oval.

in a match the Tigers won by 92 points to move a game clear on top of the ladder.

Hadley was due to see an eye specialist last night but is expected to be out for three weeks.

Blackwell won last year's Sand-%over and has recently strengthened his claims to a second medal after becoming one of the main drivers of Claremont's surge in the second half of the season.

But he will not be eligible to win the Sandover is he is found guilty at the tribunal tonight.

Perth defender Chris Billings will also face the tribunal after his seventh report or investigation this season. The lack of video meant the match-day report for rough conduct was sent to the tribunal.

Billings has received two reprimands this season. The other four matters were dismissed.

Hadley's injury was the third %serious facial facture suffered by a WAFL player this season.

South Fremantle's Mason Shaw broke his cheekbone after clashing with East Fremantle's Mitch Brown in a pre-season match.

And West Perth youngster Alex Elisseou's jaw was broken when he collided with Billings in round five.

Neither Brown nor Billings were sanctioned over the incidents.

The WAFL determined that Shaw's injury was an accident while there was insufficient evidence to convict Billings.

The match review panel assessed 29 separate incidents, with a melee at the Perth-East Perth match %requiring most attention.

East Perth veteran Michael Swan was reported twice for rough conduct but one matter was withdrawn and he was offered a reprimand for the other.

The West Australian

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