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Goodes' record will have to wait after one-match ban

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Sam Lienert

Sydney's two-time Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes will not win a third this season after failing to have a one-match suspension overturned at the AFL Tribunal.

Goodes was found guilty of rough conduct against Port Adelaide's Jacob Surjan, wiping him out for Sunday's SCG clash with North Melbourne and making him ineligible for the Brownlow.

It means the 32-year-old will have to wait at least one more round to break the Swans' games record, which the 303-gamer currently shares with 2005 premiership teammate Michael O'Loughlin.

''Obviously I'm disappointed. We move on, I'm obviously not playing this week,'' the Swans co-captain told reporters after the verdict last night.

''It's disappointing letting the team down, but we'll move on.''

Goodes would have copped a one-match ban even if he entered an early guilty plea, because of a penalty loading for a prior offence.

But his unsuccessful tribunal appearance means he now carries 80.75 demerit points, rather than 35.56 had he admitted to the offence.

He will join Western Bulldogs defender Brian Lake and Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes in missing the coming round, after they both accepted one-match suspensions.

Lake was reported in the last term of Saturday night's loss to St Kilda after he caught Tom Simpkin on the jaw with a left jab.

Grimes was banned for a sling tackle on Richmond's Daniel Jackson at the MCG on Saturday.

Carlton's Marc Murphy accepted a $900 fine for making an obscene gesture to Collingwood fans during Friday night's clash at the MCG and Melbourne's Nathan Jones accepted a $900 fine for making negligent contact with an umpire.

Goodes was banned for sliding his knees into Surjan's hip in a contest for a loose ball during the Swans' win at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.

Goodes's advocate David Galbally QC acknowledged the video footage looked ''damning''.

But he submitted footage from a wider angle which showed both players started sliding from an equal distance, with only an unpredictable bounce of the ball meaning Surjan arrived first.

AFL legal counsel Jeff Gleeson SC agreed Goodes had no intention of hurting Surjan and was trying to get the ball.

But the jury's verdict backed Gleeson's contention that the Swans star still breached his duty of care by sliding in without regard for Surjan's welfare.

■ MEANWHILE, West Coast has re-signed midfielder Scott Selwood for a further three years, tying the 22-year-old to the AFL club until the end of 2015. Selwood established himself as one of the competition's best shutdown players last season, but has taken his game to even greater heights in 2012 as a more attacking midfielder.

The 186cm tackling machine has booted four goals and averaged more than 30 possessions a game in his three outings this year.

Selwood, who has notched 71 games for the Eagles since being snared with pick No.22 in the 2007 national draft, said his desire to help the club achieve sustained success played a key role in his decision to re-sign. ''I have been fortunate enough to see my brothers play in premierships and I am hungry to achieve the same,'' said Selwood, who is the younger brother of West Coast's Adam and Geelong's Joel.

''I believe this group can do that and I'd be proud to be involved in it.''

Selwood's commitment comes just weeks after emerging star Andrew Gaff re-signed with the Eagles for a further two years.

Meanwhile, Eagles midfielder Chris Masten admits the club's on-ball brigade must do more to protect star ball-winner Daniel Kerr from his on-field batterings.

Kerr has copped several heavy knocks in the opening three rounds - some off the ball - in a slow start to the season for the 28-year-old. AAP

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