Johnson and Dawes face sanctions
Geelong's Steve Johnson and Melbourne's Chris Dawes are both facing sanctions as the Match Review Panel clears Sydney's Dan Hannebery for his collision with Michael Hurley.PT1M11S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-38jpk 620 349 May 19, 2014
Geelong coach Chris Scott's belief that Steve Johnson does not deserve a ban for pushing his head into Fremantle's Ryan Crowley has not soothed his anger at the star for again attracting the attention of the match review panel.
While the most scrutinised incident of round nine, Dan Hannebery's collision with Michael Hurley, went unpunished, the panel imposed one-match suspensions on Johnson and Melbourne's Chris Dawes. Each player risks a two-match ban if they challenge the decision at the tribunal.
Sydney's Hannebery escaped penalty for his head-high collision with Essendon's Hurley because the panel said the ball was in dispute and that he did not have a realistic alternative way to approach the contest.
The immediate moment following the collision Photo: Pat Scala
Johnson has paid for his bad record for the to head contact to Crowley that could ordinarily be reduced to a reprimand. The reason for that is that he was subject not only to a 30 per cent loading, because he had been suspended for five matches over the past two years, but also 71.78 carry-over points, from kneeing Melbourne's Nathan Jones last year.
Dawes has been punished for striking Richmond's Alex Rance. The incident occurred after the Melbourne forward arrived too late to smother Rance's clearing kick but nevertheless followed through with his arms and made contact with his forearms to Rance's head, an act deemed reckless and medium impact.
While Cats coach Scott floated the possibility of a tribunal challenge on Tuesday evening, partly on the basis he reckoned Crowley had exaggerated the contact, he said even if Johnson was able to overturn the penalty "in a lot of ways that's not really the point".
"He put his head where he shouldn't have," Scott said.
"We treat all our players as individuals, but there's a base-level of behaviour that applies to everyone, and he's overstepped the mark too often."
The coach said Johnson, whose stellar form was interrupted by being beaten on Saturday night by the unrelenting Crowley, had to be more disciplined to avoid, the threat of missing matches through suspension.
"It really is a series of very minor indiscretions that are adding up to a decent penalty. That's the reality," he said.
Geelong and Melbourne have until 11am on Tuesday to challenge the penalties for, respectively, Johnson and Dawes at the tribunal.
The only other player charged was Fremantle ruckman Zac Clarke, for striking Johnson. Clarke's one-match suspension can be reduced to a reprimand and 93.75 carry-over points with a guilty plea.
MATCH REVIEW PANEL - ROUND 9
Dawes (Melb) striking Rance (Rich). Reckless, medium impact, high contact. 225 points (2 matches); 168.75 with guilty plea (1 match).
Clarke (Fre) striking Johnson (Geel). Reckless, low impact, high contact. 125 points (1 match); 93.75 with guilty plea (reprimand).
Johnson (Geel) misconduct head contact to Crowley (Fre). Reckless, low impact, high contact. 125 points up due to bad record to 162.5, up due to carry-over to 234.28 (2 matches); 175.31 with guilty plea (1 match).
Investigated but not charged:
Malceski (Syd) first offence negligent umpire contact (to Troy Pannell).
Hannebery (Syd) rough conduct to Hurley (Ess).
Johnson (Geel) striking Barlow (Fre)