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Junior runner suspended

AN official from South Barwon’s under-18 team has been suspended for 10 weeks following an incident in a weekend game.

The Swans runner was reported for striking a Torquay player in the grading match played at McDonald Reserve on Sunday morning.

He faced the AFL Barwon Tribunal on Tuesday night, with the three-member panel of Paul Evans (chair), Rob Sodomaco and Ron Drew finding him guilty of making contact with the young Tiger.

“South Barwon FNC accepts the tribunal decision and does not condone officials intervening with players at any level,” president Tim Sherman said in a statement.

“It is not what we stand for as a club and would ask that we are not be judged solely by this isolated incident.

“We are active as a club to instil the importance of appropriate behaviour from our players and officials, on and off the field.

“We have offered an apology to the Torquay player and his family for this unfortunate incident and wish them all the best for the season.”

Meanwhile, Drysdale co-coach Tom Ruggles has failed to have a striking charge thrown out and is facing a fortnight on the sidelines.

He was reported and received a yellow card for an incident involving Torquay’s Weylin Doyle in Saturday’s win at Mortimer Oval.

Ruggles, who was returning from a hamstring injury that saw him miss the Anzac Day win over Portarlington, will match-ups against Ocean Grove and Anglesea.

It was better news for Thomson star Brent Macleod, whose exemplary playing record saw his offer of a two-match suspension for striking Winchelsea’s Dylan Williams downgraded to a reprimand.

It means the 2016 Whitley medalist, who pleaded guilty to an incident not captured on video is free to play in Saturday’s blockbuster clash with archrival East Geelong.

On Wednesday night, Lara’s Ben O’Brien will face the Tribunal after being cited by the Match Review Panel for rough conduct on Geelong West young gun Max Kelly.

He was offered a two-match set penalty, which was declined.

*As the under-18 case involved a junior player, krockfootball.com.au has chosen not to name those involved.

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