Heath Hocking contacts Chris Yarran. Photo: Channel Seven Heath Hocking’s poor record will cost him. Photo: Channel Seven
Richmond is set to lose influential small-forward Shane Edwards for its last home-and-away match, while Essendon’s Heath Hocking may have played his last match for the season.
Edwards and Hocking have each been offered one-match bans by the match review panel for striking offences at the weekend, respectively against GWS’ Liam Sumner and and Carlton’s Chris Yarran.
The Tigers’ Edwards was aided by a 25 per cent discount for his good record. His blow to Sumner is set to sideline him for the Tigers’ match against the Bombers on Saturday night.
Hocking’s penalty was inflated by 10 per cent because he has been suspended for three matches in the past two years. Unless challenged, it will be the fourth time the Bombers’ tagger has been suspended since the start of 2011.
If the Bombers are stripped of premiership points, the only way Hocking could play again this year would be to have the charge thrown out at the tribunal.
Gold Coast key-position player Steven May is the only other player facing suspension after round 22, for striking St Kilda’s Stephen Milne. There was, however, still one undisclosed player still being investigated by the panel at the time it sent its preliminary report early on Monday afternoon.
Only Edwards could challenge the decision at the tribunal without the risk of missing an additional match.
Two players have also been offered discounted fines: West Coast’s Darren Glass $900 for wrestling Collingwood’s Ben Kennedy, and $1950 for Hawthorn’s Brad Sewell for reckless contact with an umpire.
MATCH REVIEW PANEL – RD 22Heath Hocking (Ess) striking Chris Yarran (Carl). Intentional, low impact, high contact. 225 points up due to bad record to 247.5 (2 matches); 185.63 with guilty plea (1 match)Steven May (GC) striking Stephen Milne (StK). Reckless, low impact, high contact. 125 points up due to carry-over points to 218.75 (2 matches); 164.04 with guilty plea (1 match)Shane Edwards (Rich) striking Liam Sumner (GWS). Reckless, medium impact, high contact. 225 points down due to good record to 168.75 (1 match); 126.56 with guilty plea (1 match).Darren Glass (WC) first offence wrestling Ben Kennedy (Coll). $1200 fine; $900 with guilty plea.Brad Sewell (Haw) first offence reckless umpire contact to Chris Kamolins. $2600 fine; $1950 with guilty plea.
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