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MRP throws the book at big names

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Martin Blake

Adelaide's key forward Taylor Walker, St Kilda star Brendon Goddard, Hawthorn defender Brent Guerra, Essendon half-forward Stewart Crameri and Richmond on-baller Daniel Jackson have all incurred the wrath of the AFL's match review panel.

In the most talked-about case, Walker was found to have engaged in rough conduct against Richmond defender Steven Morris, and has been offered a three-match suspension on a guilty plea by the MRP. It is his second similar incident this year; he was rubbed out for two matches for a sling tackle on Geelong’s Harry Taylor earlier in the season.

The Crows will ponder whether to take the matter to the tribunal but because of the points allocated, the suspension cannot be reduced any further, and they would have to prove that he was not guilty. As it was, the MRP had to add carryover points and the suspension was four matches, reduced to three on a guilty plea.

Walker has been a pivotal figure in Adelaide's rise this season with 37 goals. But his actions have been condemned in the media, with former Western Bulldogs’ ruckman Luke Darcy calling his spearing tackle on Morris "dangerous".

Meanwhile Goddard’s difficult week — he was tagged out of the game by North Melbourne’s Sam Wright at Etihad Stadium on Sunday — got worse when he was offered a two-match suspension for striking his opponent.

The St Kilda utility was assessed as having made intentional contact with Wright during an off-the-ball incident. The MRP rated the incident as meriting a three-match suspension, reduced to two matches on a guilty plea.

Hawthorn's Guerra fell foul of the crackdown on head high contact, having cannoned into Carlton’s Eddie Betts a the MCG last Friday night as the Blues’ forward stooped to pick up the football. The MRP assessed Guerra’s action as reckless and contact as medium. It brought a four-match suspension, reduced to three if the Hawks choose to offer a guilty plea tomorrow.

Crameri, a revelation up forward for Essendon this season, seems set to sit out two matches after he was found to have engaged in rough conduct against Dylan Addison of the Western Bulldogs. The MRP assessed the collision as negligent with high impact, bringing a three-match suspension that can be reduced to two with a guilty plea.

Jackson was found to have committed a level two striking offence against Chris Knights of Adelaide Crows on Saturday, and his initial one-match suspension was doubled because of a poor record.

47 comments so far

  • Certainly hope that ump that awarded a free kick to Walker is suspended this week too. How ridiculous, Walker spear tackles a bloke onto his head, faces a 3 week suspension, and the umpire awards a free kick to Walker for holding the ball. Walker deserves 3 weeks, but it'd be stupid if the ump gets away with not penalising it

    Commenter
    JB
    Date and time
    July 02, 2012, 4:49PM
    • Hence the reason he shouldn't be suspended, the tackle on Harry Taylor, Walker was penalised for both the tackle and the suspension.

      On this occasion he wasn't because of a couple of things, it was two actions and the umpire had already paid the free kick for holding the ball.

      The second is that Morris didn't land on his head, he landed on his shoulders.

      Hence Morris not being concussed and remonstrated with Walker.

      Give Walker a break, it was a fantastic tackle and we aren't playing netball.

      Luke Darcy is a joke, was a joke as a footballer and even more of a joke as a commentator.

      Commenter
      Crows Fan
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      July 02, 2012, 5:29PM
    • Crows FanLocationMelbourneDate and timeJuly 02, 2012, 5:29PM

      Hence the reason why any thinking footy fan cannot stand adelaide supporters.

      Commenter
      kepler22b
      Date and time
      July 02, 2012, 6:10PM
    • Surely the rule can't be based upon the damage suffered?
      The act is dangerous, the fact that he luckily hit his shoulder not his head and was thus hurt but not concussed doesn't mean the act is less risky and dangerous. You don't only get fined for speeding the times that you actually run someone over.
      The point that the ump had already paid the free is irrelevant, if you punch a bloke in the face after the whistle does that mean you shouldn't be reported, because the free was already paid in your favour?
      (Yes, i'm a richmond supporter, but let's have some logical reasoning please)

      Commenter
      Josh
      Location
      Northcote
      Date and time
      July 02, 2012, 6:17PM
    • If you are going to take the dangerous arguement to its logical conclusion, then you shouldn't play football.

      Hundreds of players get away with attempted striking every week and they have the potential to be 'dangerous'.

      Just labelling an act dangerous doesn't make it suspendable,

      @Josh
      The free is relevant here as the umpire didn't deem it to be rough conduct. He could have reversed the free but he didn't, why? Clearly it wasn't a reportable offence.

      Commenter
      Crows Fan
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      July 02, 2012, 7:00PM
    • @Crows Fan - He has been found guilty of rough conduct and will be suspended for 3 weeks. How does that not have any relation to a free kick against Walker. Like Kepler said, you are incredibly biased, and blind. And to say it was a great tackle? Are you serious? He got 3 weeks!

      But I must agree with you on Luke Darcy as a commentator. He is utter garbage. I guarantee he says "unbelievable" at least 15 times a game.

      Commenter
      AdamA
      Date and time
      July 02, 2012, 9:06PM
    • @crows fan, I'm sorry but your argument is completely flawed. If you do not think that the tackle was dangerous, you are completely ignorant.
      Even Rugby Union/League players get suspended for those types of tackles, spearing someone head first into the ground is nothing short of negligent and down-right stupid conduct. I get the bit about supporting your club, but to me, it is pretty clear that the tackle Walker laid was completely outside of the rules. The umpire made a poor decision, basing your argument soley on the fact the umpire paid a fre FOR Walker therefore it can't be a reportable offence is ludicrous. Umpires make mistakes, miss things, I don't know how he missed this, but he did. Simply, you cannot, and never have been allowed to, lift an opponent and spear them into the ground, head first.

      Commenter
      stu_rat
      Date and time
      July 02, 2012, 10:01PM
    • Crows Fan, Luke Darcy played well.

      Commenter
      GoPies
      Location
      Northcote
      Date and time
      July 02, 2012, 10:40PM
  • If Walker doesnt get at least 3 weeks then the MRP is nothing but a farce! That spear tackle was the work of a neanderthal!

    Commenter
    jrtp09
    Location
    Hawthorn
    Date and time
    July 02, 2012, 4:50PM
    • I've done some research and I can not find any evidence that states Neanderthals played Aussie Rules.

      Commenter
      Bloodnok
      Date and time
      July 02, 2012, 6:12PM

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