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Johnson accepts ban as Swan challenges


September 11, 2018 by admin

Steve Johnson in strife. Steve Johnson (foreground) makes his ill-fated contact.

MERCURIAL forward Steve Johnson will miss Saturday night’s Geelong-Fremantle elimination final after his club elected not to risk an additional ban by challenging the decision at the tribunal.

Sydney defender Heath Grundy will go to the tribunal tonight to attempt to exonerate himself and play in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying final against Adelaide, although he is not at risk of an additional suspension if he fails. St Kilda’s Leigh Montagna is also challenging a one-match ban for rough conduct against Carlton’s Andrew Walker.

Grundy was charged with striking Geelong forward James Podsiadly, after catching him in the jaw with his elbow.Match review panel chairman Mark Fraser last night defended the decision to sideline Grundy for this week’s first week of the finals.

“You see Grundy throw the arm and the elbow out . . . it gets him (Podsiadly) to the head and you see his head spin around and then Podsiadly grabs his jaw. We thought there was enough impact in that for a forceful strike,” Fraser told the AFL website.

As well as the Johnson penalty, the Cats also accepted a reprimand to Paul Chapman for striking Sydney’s Ben McGlynn.

Gold Coast veteran Campbell Brown will miss the first six matches of 2013 after accepting a six-match ban for forceful front-on contact to Adelaide’s Aidan Riley. He risked an additional two matches if he challenged the decision at the tribunal.

GWS playing assistant coach James McDonald accepted a one-match ban for rough conduct against North Melbourne’s Jamie Macmillan, while his teammate Curtly Hampton accepted a reprimand for tripping the Kangaroos’ Ryan Bastinac.

St Kilda’s Stephen Milne and Tom Simpkin and Carlton’s Andrew Walker and Mitch Robinson all accepted fines for wrestling. All except Robinson must pay $900 for a first offence, whereas the Blues player must pay $3000 because it was his third offence.

Gold Coast’s Trent McKenzie and Brisbane’s Amon Buchanan both accepted $900 fines for negligent umpire contact, while North Melbourne pair Cruize Garlett and Jack Ziebell accepted $1950 fines for reckless umpire contact.


Heath Grundy (Syd) striking James Podsiadly (Geel). Intentional, low impact, high contact. 225 points down due to good record to 168.75 (1 match).

Leigh Montagna (StK) rough conduct to Andrew Walker (Carl). Reckless, low impact, body contact. 125 points up due to bad record to 137.5 (1 match).

SANCTIONS ACCEPTEDPaul Chapman (Geel) striking Ben McGlynn (Syd). Reprimand + 60 points.Steve Johnson (Geel) rough conduct to Dan Hannebery (Syd). 1 match.Campbell Brown (GC) forceful front-on contact to Aidan Riley (Adel). 6 matches.Trent McKenzie (GC) first offence negligent umpire contact. $900 fine.James McDonald (GWS) rough conduct to Jamie Macmillan (NM). 1 match.Curtly Hampton (GWS) tripping Ryan Bastinac (NM). Reprimand + 60 points.Cruize Garlett (NM) first offence reckless umpire contact. $1950 fine.Jack Ziebell (NM) first offence reckless umpire contact. $1950 fine.Andrew Walker (Carl) first offence wrestling Stephen Milne (StK). $900 fine.Stephen Milne (StK) first offence wrestling Andrew Walker (Carl). $900 fine.Tom Simpkin (StK) first offence wrestling Mitch Robinson (Carl). $900 fine.Mitch Robinson (Carl) third offence wrestling Tom Simpkin (StK). $3000 fine.Amon Buchanan (BL) first offence negligent umpire contact. $900 fine.

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