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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.

A Docker, a Magpie and a Brownlow medallist will have their actions scrutinised this morning when the AFL match review panel meets. Adam McPhee and Dale Thomas are preparing to face off at the MCG on Saturday, but they have to get through the video review after being involved in undisciplined incidents on Saturday.

INCIDENTS LIKELY TO BE ASSESSED

Adam McPhee (Fremantle) for striking Leroy Jetta (Essendon)
McPhee’s record: 85.63 demerit points left on his record and one match suspended in the last three years.

McPhee and Jetta scuffled late in the second term and the Docker thrust his arm forward while holding onto Jetta’s jumper. It was the classic jumper punch which made contact to Jetta’s face. The question for the MRP is – was the force used sufficient to result in a report? There’s no doubt McPhee’s actions were intentional and he made high contact. But with a low impact classification, McPhee’s record would have him in huge trouble. The report would then add up to more than 300 points so a guilty plea would see him sidelined for a fortnight. He’ll be hoping the blow is considered below low.

Dale Thomas (Collingwood) for engaging in rough conduct towards Daniel Kerr (West Coast)
Thomas’ record: 37.19 demerit points left on his record. Three matches suspended in the last three years.

Thomas ran past the ball at a boundary throw in and flattened Kerr with a bump despite the Eagle not contesting the ball. The MRP must decide whether the action warrants a report or whether the free-kick was enough of a penalty. If they decide it’s reportable, the offence would most likely be called reckless, with low impact and body contact. That would normally attract 125 points, allowing Thomas to plead guilty and get a reprimand. But when you take into account his poor record, Thomas would be in trouble. The 125 points would increase to 199.69, so even a guilty plea would result in a one-game ban.

Simon Black (Brisbane) for striking Liam Picken (Western Bulldogs)
Black’s record: Reprimanded in 2007. No demerit points but not eligible for 25 per cent discount for a clean record.

Black threw his left arm back after Picken had applied a strong tackle and struck the Bulldog to the face, forcing him from the field under the blood rule. By throwing his arm back, Black acted recklessly and he clearly made high contact. The knock is likely to be assessed as low impact. That’s a level two offence worth 125 points, but Black could then plead that down to a reprimand.

Ayce Cordy (Western Bulldogs) for engaging in rough conduct towards Pearce Hanley (Brisbane)
Cordy’s record: Nil.

Cordy was silly. When it became clear that he wasn’t going to mark the ball which had been kicked inside 50, he jumped late and bumped Hanley in the back. At no stage did he attempt to spoil. The impact wasn’t great, but it wasn’t necessary. If the MRP decides he was negligent, made body contact and low impact, Cordy will be offered a reprimand and spend 12 months with 93.75 carry over points on his record.