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Maxwell, Lynch likely to be sidelined for semi


Jesse Hogan

James Kelly bumps Tendai Mzungu.

James Kelly bumps Tendai Mzungu. Photo: Channel Seven

COLLINGWOOD captain Nick Maxwell may only get to play again this season if the Pies make the grand final, while Eagle Quinten Lynch is also expected to be suspended for Saturday's semi-final.

Maxwell was reported for a rough behind-play block on Hawthorn's Paul Puopolo on Friday night that is understood to have broken the Hawk's nose.

Puopolo, who was on the Hawks' attacking 50-metre arc seeking to run with the flight of the ball, left the field with a bloodied nose after Maxwell moved sideways to block his path. Based on long-range video footage it seemed Puopolo was struck in the face by Maxwell's left shoulder.

Eagle Quinten Lynch clatters into Scott McMahon.

Eagle Quinten Lynch clatters into Scott McMahon. Photo: Getty Images

Before Puopolo left the field he shrugged off trainers and pointed angrily towards Maxwell, who by that stage had run off to rejoin play.

St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt yesterday said forwards were accustomed to defenders seeking to impede their running paths, as Maxwell did to Puopolo, but conceded the resulting high impact from Maxwell could prove to be significant.

''Incidents like that happen so many times during a game - that sort of checking happens, especially to forwards - 20 or 30 times a game. But obviously the intense scrutiny and focus comes into it if you get them high,'' Riewoldt told Channel Seven's AFL Game Day.

Paul Puopolo points out Nick Maxwell after his nose was broken.

Paul Puopolo points out Nick Maxwell after his nose was broken. Photo: Channel Seven

Retired Essendon spearhead Matthew Lloyd said on Channel Nine's The Sunday Footy Show that ''backmen do that all the time to forwards but because he [Maxwell] got him high that could cause some trouble''.

Maxwell does not have a bad record nor any carry-over points, but he also does not qualify for a five-year good-behaviour discount.

In terms of conduct, if Maxwell's charge is sustained, his blow is unlikely to be graded more favourably than reckless because it happened about 30 metres from where the ball - which was in mid-air - was due to land. The fact Puopolo received a bloodied nose would seemingly guarantee a high-contact classification, while the impact is expected to be at least medium.

A combination of reckless conduct, medium impact and high contact would result in a base penalty of three matches, which could be reduced to two with a guilty plea. Under that scenario Maxwell could play again this year only if the Magpies reached the grand final.

Maxwell's teammate and fellow defender Chris Tarrant is unlikely to be charged for striking Hawthorn's Lance Franklin, because of a lack of impact from the blow to Franklin's midriff. But he is likely to be fined for wrestling Franklin.

While Hawthorn has the coming weekend off, it will keep a close eye on this week's panel verdicts to see if vital forward-ruckman Jarryd Roughead is punished for a behind-play bump on Collingwood's Chris Dawes.

In an incident Lloyd described as ''very similar'' to what Geelong's Steve Johnson was suspended for last week, Roughead was following a clearing kick out of defence when he clattered into the side of Dawes, who was looking upfield.

But while Johnson had carry-over points and loading Roughead has neither. He also has a clean record. As a result, even if Roughead is charged with rough conduct and his conduct deemed reckless, he is likely to escape with a reprimand, even before a guilty plea, thanks to his 25 per cent discount for good behaviour.

Roughead's teammate Josh Gibson may be scrutinised for a minor tripping offence, but even if he is charged - which is unlikely - his clean record may see him earn a reprimand and 45 carry-over points.

Imposing West Coast forward Lynch may be sidelined for the Collingwoodgame for either charging or rough conduct against North Melbourne's Scott McMahon yesterday. The incident, in which Lynch was late arriving for a marking contest and planted his knee in McMahon's back, was similar to an incident the Lions' Daniel Merrett was reprimanded for in round 16.

If charged, Lynch's 20 per cent loading and 37.5 carry-over points are likely to be enough to keep him above the one-match suspension threshold, even with a guilty plea.

Kangaroos dynamo Brent Harvey is likely to miss at least the first two rounds of next season after a minor but blatant off-ball strike to the head of Eagles midfielder Daniel Kerr yesterday. Harvey's base penalty, probably two matches but possibly three, effectively will be inflated by one because of his 93.75 carry-over points for striking. A guilty plea would cut one match from the ban.

Geelong's James Kelly is also likely to miss round one next year for a high bump on Fremantle forward Tendai Mzungu.


Jesse Hogan's predictions

■Chris Tarrant (Coll) striking Lance Franklin (Haw). No charge, insufficient impact.

■Jarryd Roughead (Haw) rough conduct to Chris Dawes (Coll). Reckless, low impact, body contact. 125 points down due to good record to 93.75 (reprimand); 70.31 with guilty plea (reprimand).

■Reported: Nick Maxwell (Coll) rough conduct to Paul Puopolo (Haw). Reckless, medium impact, high contact. 325 points (3 matches); 243.75 with guilty plea (2 matches).

■Josh Gibson (Haw) tripping Andrew Krakouer (Coll). No charge.

■Jason Porplyzia (Adel) forceful front-on contact to Ryan O'Keefe (Syd). No charge.

■Jude Bolton (Syd) striking Patrick Dangerfield (Adel). No charge.

■Reported: James Kelly (Geel) forceful front-on contact to Tendai Mzungu (Fre). Negligent, low impact, high contact. 125, carry-over points to 218.75 (2 matches); 164.06 with guilty plea (1 match).

■Quinten Lynch (WC) charging Scott McMahon (NM). Negligent, medium impact, body contact. 125 points up due to bad record and carry-over points to 187.5 (1 match); 140.63 with guilty plea (1 match).

■Jack Ziebell (NM) rough conduct to Josh Hill (WC). No charge.

■Brent Harvey (NM) striking Daniel Kerr (WC). Intentional, low impact, high contact. Record: 93.75 carry-over. 225 up due to carry-over to 318.75 (3 matches); 239.06 with guilty plea (2 matches).


  • Maxwell to be suspended??? Cue another McQuire tanty.

    Date and time
    September 10, 2012, 9:15AM
    • You can bet on that. Always uses his media position to justify the unjustifiable.

      Date and time
      September 10, 2012, 9:53AM
    • When was the last time McGuire threw a tantrum when a Collingwood player was up for a suspension?
      Either present facts to back up your claim, or they are baseless, and rather pointless.
      I see you have signed off with the name "bomber". That is quite hilarious that an Essendon supporter would be commenting on matters regarding the tribunal, considering one of your former greats in Mathew Lloyd, still has six games to serve, yet the gutless wonder retired, without doing so. LOL.

      Date and time
      September 10, 2012, 10:36AM
    • McGuire uses and abuses his media contacts in anyway that he sees will benefit his club - FACT. Lloyd was going to retire (or more correctly asked to retire) then regardless of any suspension. And Lloydy has more heart than the rest of your pussy players combined. Remind me who has the won the most premierships overall?

      Date and time
      September 10, 2012, 11:12AM
    • "McGuire uses and abuses his media contacts in anyway that he sees will benefit his club - FACT."

      No thats a sweeping generalisation. Saying it's a "fact" in all caps doesn't make an opinion factual. Learn the difference.

      And yeah - Loyd had lots of heart. Especially when it came to whining about Matty Knights and blaming him for his teams underperformance. So when are you guys going to have the guts to apologise to Knights now that you've realised that he was a better coach than your "dream team" of Thompson and Hird the Puppet.
      It burns you guys that Knights got you more finals sucess than Hirdy. Oh and thats a documented FACT.

      Date and time
      September 10, 2012, 12:35PM
    • Let's see here: last week, McGuire had an almighty tirade against AFL membership, claiming real "members" couldn't attend the game due to all the tickets used as afl members guest passes. How wrong was he? I'm an afl member and attended on Friday night. The afl member area was sold our - that's 30,000 tickets. The MCC members area was full - usually this only happens on grand final day. The vacant areas? Public areas. In fact, there were 85,000 that attended, and all the spare seating was in the public area, with around 12-13,000 seats available. It's not the afl members getting things wrong. It's McGuire. He needs to understand that there are people like me that not only like to watch and financially support their club, but like watching games involving other clubs. In fact, of the 37 matches I've attended this year, 22 have not involved my club. If collingwood supporters did this, they wouldn't be so biased and one eyed, realizing that it is they who are wrong, not the umpires

      Julius Seizure
      Date and time
      September 10, 2012, 1:31PM
    • 1.) You assume I support Collingwood. WRONG.
      2.) The overall Premiership tally has nothing to do with your comments on Eddie McGuire.

      Learn how to argue.

      Date and time
      September 10, 2012, 1:37PM
    • Once again, you say that it's "FACT", yet you DO NOT provide any evidence.
      This is a totally pointless way to try and argue a point.
      You are claiming something is fact, and have had two opportunites to present evidence to back your claim, yet you can't.
      Give us all one example of Eddie McGuire using his standing in the media to manipulate a tribunal outcome, or be quiet.

      Date and time
      September 10, 2012, 1:39PM
    • @ Julius Seizure, you totally missed the point of Eddie McGuire's rant about members missing out. The AFL shoudl not have offered four Guest Passes to be available to purchase to this game. It should have been reserve on demand, to allow more AFL members to attend, not one AFL member for ever four guests, who probably don't even support Collingwood or Hawthorn.
      We all know why the AFL chose to do this. The AFL member would have only paid $17 to buy a seat, where as the guests were $60 each.
      How can a Collingwood Vs Carlton home and away game be NO GUEST PASSES, but a Qualifying Final be FOUR GUEST PASSES?
      McGuire wasn't just sticking up for Collingwood supporters, he was sticking up for every AFL member with club support for any of the other 17 clubs that would have missed out with this ridiculous AFL policy, and it's gone straight over your simple head.

      Rolls Eyes
      Date and time
      September 10, 2012, 1:43PM
    • I think Tarrant should get life for touching precious Franklin, Buddy is an Angel and doesn't retaliate or instigate, he didn't mean to try to clean up swan, and he was saying only nice things into Tarrants ear for 120 minutes, please stop picking on Buddy everyone, Bruce Mac on channel 7 think he is great and that's good enough for me.

      Date and time
      September 10, 2012, 1:56PM

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