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Record results in reprimand for Limb

Tom Limb in action for Queenscliff during last year’s elimination final. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

QUEENSCLIFF great icon Tom Limb has his impressive record to thank for avoiding a suspension at the AFL Barwon Tribunal on Tuesday night.

The 33-year-old is free to play in in this week’s clash with Geelong Amateur despite pleading guilty to striking Anglesea’s James Donaldson during Saturday’s loss at Queenscliff Recreation Reserve.

It was the first time Limb, who made his senior debut for the Coutas in 2002 and spent four years with VFL club North Ballarat between 2006-09, had been reported or received a card in his career.

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After reporting umpire James Milligan delivered his verdict of events, describing the off-the-ball strike with the right forearm/elbow to Donaldson’s neck as a “5.5 out of 10”, Limb’s advocate, Damien McKeegan, asked the three-member tribunal panel of Werner Weigl (chair), Rob Carter and Amanda Evans to contemplate whether the strike was intentional or careless and whether it came off the shoulder before making contact with the neck.

He also asked them to consider applying a reprimand before taking the panel through Limb’s playing history.

After less than 10 minutes of deliberation on the verdict, Chairman Weigl told the hearing he was satisfied the strike was careless and on the lower end, and his “playing history and record was eligible for a reprimand”.

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