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Mixed news for Giants as Greene, Hogan Tribunal verdicts revealed

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23rd April, 2024
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GWS captain Toby Greene has been suspended for the eighth time in his career after failing in his bid to clear himself of a one-game ban at the tribunal.

Greene will sit out the Giants’ clash with the Brisbane Lions on Anzac Day after being suspended for the first time since infamously making contact with an umpire during an elimination final against Sydney in 2021.

The tribunal upheld a rough conduct charge on Carlton defender Jordan Boyd during the Giants’ loss on Saturday.

It takes the tally of games missed due to suspension during Greene’s 221-game career up to 15.

The Giants star led at the ball and jumped for a mark but turned his body just before a collision and made contact with the head of Boyd, who was going back with the flight of the ball.

Boyd got up immediately to take a free kick and played out the match.

Greene’s actions were graded as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact.


“Prior to impact Greene had abandoned his attempt to mark the ball and turn his body to brace for impact,” tribunal chairman Jeff Gleeson said.

“Noting again that Greene admitted this was a high bump.”

Greene gave evidence saying he had eyes only for the ball and only realised when it was too late he would not be able to take the mark.

His legal representative, Anais d’Arville, claimed Greene’s actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances.

“The whole time I thought I was a good chance to take the mark,” Greene said.

“At the last moment I realised he was going to touch the ball before me, then I braced for impact.”


However, Jesse Hogan is free to play Brisbane on Anzac Day, after the AFL Tribunal ruled the Giants star had no case to answer for a strike on Carlton defender Lewis Young.

Hogan’s hit that caught the Blue in the fact during GWS’ loss on Saturday was deemed to have been of insufficient force to constitute a reportable offence, with the Tribunal ruling that the potential to cause injury, commonly used in cases of rough conduct such as bumping, would not apply.

Tribunal chairperson Jeff Gleeson determined that a new rule brought in for the 2024 season allowing incidents graded as negligible impact could be upgraded to ‘low’ impact based on said potential to cause injury, thereby triggering a one-week suspension, would not apply for striking charges.

“In light of the ruling delivered in this matter, in order for the charge of striking to be sustained, it is necessary that there is a finding of more than negligible impact,” Gleeson said following the hearing.

“We find there was not.”

The Giants successfully argued that Young’s clear medical report and the glancing nature of the strike was enough to constitute ‘negligible’ impact, with Hogan claiming he had attempted to hit Young in the chest before his hand ricocheted off the Blue’s arm and up into his face.


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The verdict comes despite the Giants forward stating during the hearing that Young had said ‘You’re going to get a week for that’.

(with AAP)