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Whistleblower - focus on staging
Whistleblower - focus on staging

Craig O'Donoghue takes an in-depth look at how is facing action at the hands of the match review panel following the round of matches.

It was a report free weekend but the match review panel has several incidents to peruse. West Coast’s Luke Shuey has reason to be concerned because history tells us the MRP has frowned upon players who strike an opponent in the stomach behind play this year.

INCIDENTS LIKELY TO BE LOOKED AT

Luke Shuey (West Coast) for striking Paul Duffield (Fremantle)
Shuey’s record: No carry over points.

Shuey struck Duffield to the stomach forcing the Docker from the field. The same situation has seen Hayden Ballantyne and Will Schofield suspended this year.

Ballantyne and Schofield’s incidents were classified as intentional, medium impact and body contact so expect Shuey to be charged with the same thing. That will result in him being offered a one match ban.

Jonathan Brown (Brisbane) for charging Cameron Delaney (North Melbourne)
Brown’s record: No carry over points.

Brown was leading trying to mark a pass from James Polkinghorne. Delaney intercepted and Brown continued in the same direction and bumped him from behind. The incident sparked a melee. It wasn’t a vicious charge. If reported, it would be most likely classified as negligent, low impact and body contact which would allow the Brisbane captain to accept a reprimand.

Heath Hocking (Essendon) for rough conduct against Adam Treloar (GWS)
Hocking’s record: 81.25 demerit points and four matches suspended in the last three years.

Hocking gave away a free kick for a sling tackle, but Treloar wasn’t hurt and didn’t hit his head on the ground. The issue for Hocking is whether the incident warranted a report because his record will hurt his badly if this goes further.

Hocking lifted Treloar and that’s a problem. But other players have avoided suspension because they used just one action. If he is reported, it would be for negligent conduct with low impact and body contact. That’s a level one offence which would normally result in being offered a reprimand.

But throw in Hocking’s priors and his demerit points and it’s a serious issue. They would increase the points to a one game suspension.

Hocking could also be looked at for a headbutt on Tomas Bugg. But that looked more like two guys trying showing bravado face to face than a real headbutt.