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One-match ban set to end Fyfe’s Brownlow hopes

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    Update: Fremantle have confirmed they will challenge Nat Fyfe’s one-match ban at the AFL Tribunal.

    Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe is set to be denied the chance to win a second Brownlow Medal in 2018 after the AFL’s Match Review Officer Michael Christian offered him a one-game ban for striking Levi Greenwood in Round 11.

    Fyfe and the Fremantle Dockers will have the option of appealing the ban at the AFL Tribunal without risking an extra week thanks to the changes that were made to the tribunal system at the end of last year.

    After a dominant start to the year Fyfe has looked the likely leading Brownlow Medal contender in 2018, despite the poor form of his team as a whole.

    However if he accepts the one-game ban – or fails to successfully appeal it at the tribunal – then he will be ruled ineligible for the award even if he records the most votes during the season.

    If that eventuates, it will through the Brownlow Medal race wide open for just about any of the AFL’s better midfielders to put themselves in the frame with a strong second half of the year.

    Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell and the Western Bulldogs’ Jackson Macrae would likely jump to the front of the queue in terms of favouritism, but Patrick Dangerfield and Dustin Martin would both remain strong chances if their form improves after the bye.

    Even Rory Laird, Andrew Gaff or Dayne Beams could be an outside chance with a strong finish to the season.

    In other MRO decisions for the week, North Melbourne’s Jy Simpkin has been given a two-week ban, while a further nine players have been fined.

    One of those is Richmond’s Alex Rance, fined $1000 for staging in Saturday night’s Dreamtime at the ‘G match against Essendon.

    More to come.

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    • Roar Guru

      June 4th 2018 @ 4:04pm
      AdelaideDocker said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

    • Roar Guru

      June 4th 2018 @ 4:09pm
      Dalgety Carrington said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

      It’s worth the moola to appeal, depending on the grading criteria, if only for the Brownlow’s sake, but a pretty clumsy effort and he could do with sharpening up his game in this regard.

    • Roar Guru

      June 4th 2018 @ 4:09pm
      Paul Dawson said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

      Arm extended, elbow out, hits him in the head

      It’s a week every time. Insufficient force was the only thing that woulda saved him but it looked nasty in real time, it’s only insufficient because he didn’t hit him flush

      Honestly if ed Langdon or Darcy tucker does that they get a week and it doesn’t rate a mention

      • June 4th 2018 @ 6:40pm
        peter chrisp said | June 4th 2018 @ 6:40pm | ! Report

        I am a Pies fan to me it was accidental why not let him off the hook i agree a fine would have been “fine”

        • Roar Guru

          June 4th 2018 @ 10:23pm
          Cat said | June 4th 2018 @ 10:23pm | ! Report

          So he ‘accidentally’ leapt into the air, then ‘accidentally’ extended his elbow and all of it late and after the ball is gone? Take your blinkers off.

          • June 4th 2018 @ 10:35pm
            Jon Boy said | June 4th 2018 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

            Check YOUR, blinkers Cat, You are wrong again if you check it out Christian Quote_”extended forearm” not ELBOW………..

            • Roar Guru

              June 4th 2018 @ 10:44pm
              Cat said | June 4th 2018 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

              Semantics is the best you have now? He wasn’t playing the ball, he went the man and did the wrong thing.

              • June 4th 2018 @ 10:57pm
                Jon Boy said | June 4th 2018 @ 10:57pm | ! Report

                Your wrong again, never admit though ELBOW ? your clutching at straws again usually go into hiding, like when your mob got a hiding recently.

              • Roar Guru

                June 5th 2018 @ 7:08am
                Cat said | June 5th 2018 @ 7:08am | ! Report

                More straw man BS.

      • June 4th 2018 @ 7:30pm
        Don Freo said | June 4th 2018 @ 7:30pm | ! Report

        But Buddy wouldn’t. Using that criterion, he gets off…but, like Buddy, he shouldn’t.

    • June 4th 2018 @ 4:14pm
      Birdman said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

      Rance gets a $1k fine for the worst dive ever sighted at senior level while Burgoyne gets a $2k fine for a robust tackle – not sure what Michael Christian’s priorities are but this looks ar$e about to me.

      Oh yeah and I’m ok with the week for Fyfe albeit at the lower end but I think he left the ground IIRC to make contact and that never ends well

      • Roar Guru

        June 4th 2018 @ 4:23pm
        AdelaideDocker said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:23pm | ! Report

        Holy crap, I just saw Rance’s dive! That’s farcical, I probably would’ve handed him a ban for that.

        • Roar Guru

          June 4th 2018 @ 7:55pm
          Peter the Scribe said | June 4th 2018 @ 7:55pm | ! Report

          Rance was a disgrace with that dive. Great footballer who doesn’t need to do a Lyndsey Thomas.

      • Roar Guru

        June 4th 2018 @ 4:26pm
        Cat said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

        You do realise the MRO doesn’t pull the monetary amounts out of his arse right? It’s all set by the AFL. Each act has a set penalty.

        • June 4th 2018 @ 4:29pm
          Birdman said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

          yeah whatever – MRO or AFL – this still makes no sense.

      • Roar Guru

        June 4th 2018 @ 4:29pm
        Cat said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

        A first offence for staging is a $1500 sanction. The player can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

        The MRO doesn’t set the monetary amounts. The AFL does.

    • Roar Rookie

      June 4th 2018 @ 4:15pm
      Mattician6x6 said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

      Deserved a week, freo will role dice as any club would, idea it was clumsy is strange as it was fairly cut and dry what his intentions where from the vision also idea of insufficient force as a defence is comical ino

      • June 4th 2018 @ 4:20pm
        Slane said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:20pm | ! Report

        Hard to argue he was trying to do anything but hit Greenwood in the head. It’s actually baffling. The more I watch the replay the worse it looks.

        • Roar Guru

          June 4th 2018 @ 4:29pm
          AdelaideDocker said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

          I’m also finding that. It just looks so damn bad. I’d appeal though, for the hell of it, but I’d be fooling myself if I disagreed with the ban.

          The fact Greenwood was okay is possibly a thing that could help him.

          • Roar Guru

            June 4th 2018 @ 4:59pm
            Dalgety Carrington said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:59pm | ! Report

            He appeared to be focused on the ball up to the point he left the ground, there’s a basis for arguing the arm was a reflexive, but clumsy, brace for impact and leaving the ground a half response to the ball heading upwards.

            • Roar Rookie

              June 4th 2018 @ 5:05pm
              Mattician6x6 said | June 4th 2018 @ 5:05pm | ! Report

              Ball had left area before he left ground and if His intent was to smother or block balls trajectory you would imagine his arms would be raised to full extension. Was reflective of a frustrated player imo not a brace for impact.

              • June 4th 2018 @ 7:36pm
                Murph said | June 4th 2018 @ 7:36pm | ! Report

                Agree this is definitely worth a ban but how the hell did Tom Mitchell get off with just a fine with the exact same graded incident. And his was behind play too.

                If I was freo I’d just be showing that and say please explain.

              • Roar Guru

                June 4th 2018 @ 7:52pm
                Cat said | June 4th 2018 @ 7:52pm | ! Report

                Mitchell was charged with misconduct.
                Fyfe was charged with striking.

                Not even close to ‘exact same graded incident’.

        • June 4th 2018 @ 7:35pm
          Don Freo said | June 4th 2018 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

          It doesn’t matter if he misses week anyway…apparently. Mick Malthouse criticized him all game, saying Fyfe doesn’t work hard enough.

          • June 5th 2018 @ 5:28am
            Slane said | June 5th 2018 @ 5:28am | ! Report

            Jeeze Mick Malthouse went to seed quickly. Hard to imagine a harder working player than Fyfe.

      • June 4th 2018 @ 6:41pm
        13th Man said | June 4th 2018 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

        Can’t disagree, just looked really clumsy. I doubt he would have won the brownlow anyway as we just won’t win enough games. We will struggle big time without him next week though.

    • June 4th 2018 @ 4:16pm
      Slane said | June 4th 2018 @ 4:16pm | ! Report

      I’m glad Rance was pulled up. I honestly wouldn’t have minded if he was rubbed out for a week. It was a truly embarrassing display.

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