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Ban Trent Cotchin! Or the rules mean nothing

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    I don’t care what week of the year it is. I don’t care that it will cost him a grand final. Trent Cotchin must be banned for his collision with Dylan Shiel.

    Cotchin’s decision to brace for impact with his shoulder makes it clear that his intention was to bump Dylan Shiel away from the contest rather than go directly for the ball.

    That kind of action isn’t illegal in the AFL necessarily, but you do have a duty of care when you do so to not strike your opponent in the head.

    Cotchin failed that duty of care. And while some would say that it is a minor incident and one that’s bound to happen in a contact sport, the AFL’s laws don’t see it this way.

    The head has been sacred for a while now. We know what concussions can do to the human brain and it isn’t pretty, and it isn’t acceptable for them to be brushed off as no big deal.

    Make no mistake, if this incident had occurred inside a home-and-away match it would certainly be cause for a one-week suspension, or at the very least a fine.

    And a fine would do just fine for suspending Cotchin in this case, as he has already been given two this year and a third strike triggers an automatic one-week ban.

    Is that fair? It’s a pretty rough call, but if Cotchin doesn’t want to miss games then he has to not put himself in this position to begin with, simple as that.

    The AFL has to juggle many priorities as it attempts to manage the game and looks to achieve the best outcomes across the board.

    But No.1 on that list of priorities has to be the same as it ought to be in any other business – the health and safety of its employees.

    To let Cotchin play next week would be a violation of that principle, saying that other aspects of the game are more important than whether or not Dylan Shiel is able to think straight in twenty years time.

    Do the right thing, AFL.

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    • September 24th 2017 @ 8:29pm
      Don said | September 24th 2017 @ 8:29pm | ! Report

      Lets talk about intent. Trent has gone for striking twice this year and got off with a wrist slap…now this. Bloke is sniper…throw the book at him!
      From some of the comments you’d think Trent was the victim here…what about the guy who couldnt count to 4 after quarter time?

    • September 25th 2017 @ 6:40am
      Swannies said | September 25th 2017 @ 6:40am | ! Report

      Cotchin should be allowed to play. We don’t want another Murphy scenario when they are handing out the Richmond premiership medallions.

    • September 25th 2017 @ 7:22am
      Kane said | September 25th 2017 @ 7:22am | ! Report

      I just seen the Astbury hit on Shiel and there was no contact to the head from the angle that i seen so Astbury can’t be blamed for the concussion so unfortunately Cotchin has to get done for it. Plain and simple if the MRP use the laws of the game (which in my opinion is pretty ordinary but it’s what they’ve used all year). Cotchin shouldn’t have done those stupid unnecessary little love taps earlier on in the year. If he gets suspended then this might be just the thing that will stamp out the little gut punches that are a blight on our game.

    • September 25th 2017 @ 7:59am
      Bill Larkin said | September 25th 2017 @ 7:59am | ! Report

      The MRP would let Jack the Ripper off if he had a Grand Final to play the next week.

    • September 25th 2017 @ 9:28am
      jacques of Lilydale said | September 25th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

      Play it in real time to get the incident in its true context at the time. All these super slo mos would get Mother Teresa in trouble. To me, he was going for the ball and it’s a natural instinct to protect yourself in the milliseconds it takes. Umpires didn’t deem it worthy even of a free kick at the time. For god’s sake play on and don’t sanitise the game.

    • September 25th 2017 @ 10:21am
      Bolly Woods said | September 25th 2017 @ 10:21am | ! Report

      A peanut article and a storm in a teacup, much ado about nothing, stop doing the funky chicken in boogie wonderland…its horses for courses and make hay while the sunshines..too much puff pastry and not enough gravy sauce…lets party like its 1999…bad boy bent trent will be mighty fine!

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