K rock Football

Star forwards offered bans

Thomson forward Dan Freeman. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NEWTOWN & Chilwell and Thomson are set to be without their leading goalkickers for the next fortnight.

Eagle Lachie Bond has been offered a two-week suspension for striking South Barwon defender Todd Smith during the second quarter of Saturday’s win at Elderslie Reserve.

It followed an umpire’s request for the AFL Barwon Match Review Panel to view the incident.

If Bond accepts the ban, he will miss games against Grovedale and Lara.

Tiger spearhead Dan Freeman faces a two-week holiday after being cited by the MRP for an incident that left Inverleigh’s Lachie Buyel concussed.

The MRP viewed the third quarter incident at the Hawks’ request and charged Freeman, who kicked six goals in the Tigers’ narrow loss at Morton Power Oval, with rough conduct for a dangerous tackle.

He faces being sidelined for meetings with North Geelong and Corio ahead of the mid-season bye.

Bannockburn veteran Brett Harding has been offered a one-week suspension for carelessly striking North Geelong’s Dylan Fisher in the final quarter of the Tigers’ 122-point win at Victoria Park.

AFL Barwon has come down hard on clubs involved in melees, with Geelong Amateur and Ocean Grove fined $1250 – $750 suspended for the remainder of the season – following three separate incidents at the end of the third quarter at KFC Oval.

“The vision as viewed by the MRP indicated a large number of players from both sides involved, which was unnecessarily prolonged through further actions from both sides,” AFL Barwon said.

Torquay and Queenscliff have been fined $5o0, of which $250 has been suspended, following an incident at the end of the second quarter.

The MRP also looked at the vision of potential rough conduct by Coutas’ veteran Dan Gibbs and a possible striking incident involving teammate Justin Maher on Tiger Ed McCoy.

However, both weren’t deemed reportable.

Melees from the St Albans-North Shore and Geelong West-Bell Post Hill matches were looked at but not deemed sufficient for penalties to be applied.

The Match Review Panel withdrew all three reports from the weekend.

St Joseph’s defender Joel O’Dwyer was reported for carelessly striking St Mary’s Darcy Chirgwin, Queenscliff’s Lachie Cohen for rough conduct on Torquay’s Chase Loftus, and Bell Post Hill star Dylan Witney for carelessly striking Geelong West’s Blake Dye.

Newcomb’s Oliver Marshall is in the clear for an alleged incident against Anglesea’s Dylan Blizzard and is free to play in Saturday’s historic night match against Drysdale at Grinter Reserve.

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