K rock Football

Darke in the clear

Torquay star James Darke in action in Saturdaty’s win over Anglesea. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TORQUAY star James Darke remains in the hunt to become just the third three-time winner of the Ash Medal after the AFL Barwon Match Review Panel found he had no case to answer for an incident the win over Anglesea.

The MRP was asked to review footage of an alleged dangerous tackle by Darke on an unknown Kangaroo during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s clash at Ellimatta Reserve.

However, the incident wasn’t captured on vision, which meant no charge was laid.

The MRP looked at several incidents from the weekend, with no reports coming from them.

From the Newcomb-Drysdale clash at Newcomb Sand & Soil Oval, Drysdale’s Lachie Inglis was scrutinised for high contact on the Power’s Bailey Glascott-Dummett.

However, the MRP felt the contact was accidental and not reportable.

In the same match, high contact on Newcomb playing coach Jye Walker was also looked at and found not to be reportable.

In the GFL, a late bump by South Barwon’s Fraser Duryea on North Shore’s Noah Lever was reviewed, with the MRP satisfied the free kick paid downfield was the appropriate action.

In the GDFL, Corio’s Toby Bennett and Thomson veteran Jackson Macleod are both in the clear.

Bennett was looked at for alleged rough conduct on Werribee Centrals’ Josh Sutton, with the MRP stating the vision was inconclusive.

Macleod’s alleged bump off the ball of an unknown Winchelsea player during the Tigers’ win at Godfrey Street wasn’t captured on the vision.

The MRP also looked at melees from matches involving Inverleigh and Belmont Lions at Inverleigh Reserve and East Geelong and Bell Post Hill at Richmond Crescent.

The MRP was asked to look at two potential striking incidents involving Lions players.

However, the vision of both was obscured, and no charges were laid.

Meanwhile, the Eagles and Panthers have been issued with a “stern warning” by the MRP after reviewing two separate melees during the second half of Bell Post Hill’s win.

The MRP says charges will be laid against players for instigating a melee and fines levied against the clubs in future incidents.

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