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Lions await MRP call on Patten

Medical staff assist Lara captain Matt Spence following a collision with Leopold’s Mitch Patten. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

LEOPOLD coach Jason Tom says the club will accept whatever finding it hands down on a collision between star forward Mitch Patten and Lara captain Matt Spence during Saturday’s clash at Memorial Park.

Spence was stretchered from the field following the incident, with the skipper’s teammates quick to remonstrate with Patten.

The collision took some of the gloss off Tom’s first win as coach of the Lions, with the home team using a nine-goal burst in the second quarter to set up a 51-point win.

“I’m sure the Match Review Panel will look at it and make an assessment,” Tom said.

“My opinion, from the footage, is, given his time again, Mitch might have done it differently.

“But, at the same time, I know Mitch and I’ve spoken to him, and there was absolutely no intention for him to hurt anyone.

“What happened wasn’t great for Spencey, but I know Mitch had no intention to hurt him.

“He made the decision to tuck himself up as he left the ground, the ball hadn’t reached Spencey’s hands just yet.

“So, it’s just one of those split-second things, that given hindsight and an ability to analyse it through half-a-second increments, you’d make a different decision.”

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