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Wellingham quick to accept three-match ban for controversial bump


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Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham has accepted a minimum three-match suspension by the AFL's match review panel over his controversial hit on Carlton's Kade Simpson in last Friday night's game at the MCG.

Wellingham, who broke Simpson's jaw in the collision in a marking contest, was given a five-match suspension that was reduced to three weeks by the Magpie pleading guilty. Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley had already acknowledged that Wellingham would be suspended for his "clumsy" hit on the Blue.

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Wellingham's record - he had not been suspended in the previous five years - helped his cause. While the MRP considered his conduct "reckless" and the impact "severe" for a 550-point or five-match sanction, the record reduces his penalty by 25 per cent.

Geelong, which confronts Collingwood on Friday night, has lost midfield champion Jimmy Bartel for a fortnight over his off-the-ball strike on Gold Coast’s Trent McKenzie on Sunday.

Bartel was given a three-match suspension, reduced to two on a guilty plea, by the MRP after video showed him knocking McKenzie to the ground during the second quarter.

Essendon’s Heath Hocking also faces a two-match absence for an off-the-ball bump on St Kilda’s Lenny Hayes last Saturday night. In both the Hocking and Bartel cases, the conduct was deemed to be ‘‘intentional’’ because it happened behind play. Hocking could not reduce the two-match suspension because he has prior convictions.

The MRP handed out several suspensions, including West Coast’s ruck-forward Quenten Lynch (one match for tripping), and fellow Eagle Luke Shuey (two matches for striking).

Richmond’s utility Matt White copped a three-match suspension for a high bump on Melbourne’s James Frawley, and Demon Lynden Dunn was outed for one match for striking. Frawley also can accept a reprimand and carry-over points for striking.

Greater Western Sydney’s gun forward Jeremy Cameron has been offered a reprimand for striking Clinton Young of Hawthorn, but is ineligible for the Rising Star award because he accrued more than 100 points.

Collingwood’s Jackson Paine also has been offered a reprimand on a guilty plea for tripping Carlton’s Mitch Robinson.


  • So Wellingham gets three for good behaviour and Simpson gets four and a busted jaw. If his jaw behaves will he be able to get back after 3 games also? It was the most reckless hit on a player at his most defenceless (eyes up and behind him looking for the ball) and Wellingham had no other intention than to destroy Simpson (eyes only on him, jumped in the air to make contact, tucked in the elblow to deliver the shirtfront). He should have got 5 weeks regardless of good behaviour.

    Jaw breaker
    Date and time
    July 09, 2012, 5:09PM

      pommie farmer
      Date and time
      July 09, 2012, 6:33PM
    • Wow! That is some high quality hysteria right there. Why don't you settle down sunshine? You make it sound as if Wellingham lined him up. Very easy to say otherwise when you look at the footage

      Captain Courageous
      Goal Square
      Date and time
      July 09, 2012, 6:34PM
    • Collingwood always gets away with it at the tribunal. I still remember the John Somerville/Duncan Wright incident. Magpie thugs.

      Date and time
      July 09, 2012, 7:07PM
    • I was at the game the other night and this happened on the wing where I was sitting. It was one of the most vicious and callous attacks I have seen on a footy field and it looked even worse on replay. I don't care about Wellinghams past record (Julian Knight hadn't killed anyone before Hoddle St), he should have gone for at LEAST a month, and if the player was wearing any other guernsey I'll bet they would have gone for a lot more... Shame on you MRP, and the AFL generally for pandering to Eddie Everywhere and his black and white bogans.

      Date and time
      July 09, 2012, 8:50PM
  • 3 weeks for breaking a players jaw - what rubbish. Collingwood get looked after by the AFL yet again. He should have been rubbed out for 6 weeks minimum.

    Date and time
    July 09, 2012, 5:25PM
    • Agree Spags. He should be out for at least double the games Simpson will be out for. How embarrased must Collingwood, and all its supporters, be after witnessing such a cowardly act I wonder?

      Date and time
      July 09, 2012, 5:46PM
    • Did you even read the article? His good record over the last five years brought the penalty down from five weeks.

      Date and time
      July 09, 2012, 5:57PM
    • Couldn't agree more. 3 weeks is a joke. Kade won't be able to play for at least 5 weeks. Wellingham should get at least that.

      Date and time
      July 09, 2012, 6:00PM
    • I understand what the rules say but there should be some discretion where perhaps the Tribunal could intervene for exceptional circumstances.

      Date and time
      July 09, 2012, 6:02PM

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