There’s only one round left in the 2019 AFL season, yet – particularly near the top of the ladder – things are still pretty volatile and several clubs have huge gaps between their best or worst scenarios depending on how the cards fall in Round 23.
The AFL’s Match Review Officer Michael Christian has decided on a penalty for Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield after the 2016 Brownlow Medallist appeared to strike Matt de Boer off the ball at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.
Dangerfield has been offered a $2000 financial penalty only, leaving him free to play in this week’s Easter Monday clash versus Hawthorn at the MCG, and still eligible for the Brownlow Medal.
The incident comes just a week after Dustin Martin was fined for striking De Boer in a match which also saw him suspended a week for striking Adam Kennedy.
Another incident between Dangerfield and De Boer during the second quarter was also assessed but the MRO ruled that the force involved was insufficient to constitute a charge.
Meanwhile, Carlton young gun Will Setterfield will miss the next two matches after being charged with engaging in rough conduct with Gold Coast’s Wil Powell.
The incident was assessed as careless conduct with a high impact and high contact.
If accepted, the ban will see Setterfield miss Carlton’s matches against the Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn in the next two weeks.
Of course, the Blues have the option of challenging the decision at the tribunal.
Luke McDonald has also been offered a one match suspension.
Esava Ratugolea, Joel Selwood, Tom Bellchambers, Kamdyn McIntosh, Jack Ziebell and Ben Cunnington have also been fined but not suspended for incidents occurring during Round 4.