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Dockers to challenge McPharlin ban
Dockers to challenge McPharlin ban

Fremantle will challenge Luke McPharlin's one-match suspension.

The Dockers will announce their decision this morning, knowing the ban will remain at one game even if they fail.

"I think it's one of those areas that is a little bit grey and there's been some lack of consistency … I don't think we've got anything to lose bar an extra loading," coach Ross Lyon told 6PR last night.

A suspension for a crunching front-on bump on West Coast forward Jack Darling in the western derby would rob Fremantle of their best defender to shut down Adelaide's Taylor Walker at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.

But there was better news, with captain Matthew Pavlich and Matt de Boer offered reprimands for incidents in Saturday's derby.

Pavlich can escape suspension with an early guilty plea after being charged with striking defender Mitch Brown, although he will be ineligible for the Brownlow Medal. De Boer was cited for tripping Eagle Daniel Kerr.

Pavlich clipped Brown to the head with a swinging right arm as they tangled near Fremantle's goal early in the third term. The action was assessed as reckless.

Brown collapsed and took several seconds to get back up. He is understood to have missed a tribute function for Kerr and Quinten Lynch on Saturday night.

The decision leaves Pavlich available for the showdown with the Crows that will help decide Fremantle's top-eight ambitions.

However, the 93.75 carryover points attached to the charge come at a personal cost, with the six-times Fremantle fairest and best ineligible for the Brownlow.

He would have been among the chances after a purple patch of form that has seen him kick 44 goals in his past nine matches.

Pavlich had shortened to $17 with Player before Brownlow betting on him was suspended late yesterday.

McPharlin was the logical opponent for Walker, who has booted 41 goals from 13 games.

The 30-year-old's shirt front that caught Darling across the shoulder and neck was deemed negligent, low impact and high contact.

A suspension from last year's round 18 derby increased his penalty 10 per cent to 137.5 points.

An early guilty plea is not enough to bring his total below the 100-point threshold required to avoid a ban.

De Boer was wrong-footed by Kerr and stuck out a leg. The action was assessed as reckless, low impact and body contact.

Did you know? 41 The number of goals kicked by Adelaide forward Taylor Walker in just 13 games for the Crows in 2012.