The AFL Match Review Panel has sent its strongest signal yet that dangerous tackling is on its hit list, offering Brody Grundy a two-match ban for the tackle that knocked out Ben Brown at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Tom Hawkins bad record has come back to bite, with the power forward also offered a two-game suspension for his strike to Sydney’s Dane Rampe. Hawkins’ teammate Mitch Duncan was also offered a week for a strike to Tom Papley.

Brownlow outsider Zach Merrett was also offered a week for a similar ‘gut punch’ to Carlton’s Lachie Plowman and GWS ruckman Shane Mumford was offered a week for rough conduct.

Here is the full statement from AFL.com.au:

Tom Hawkins, Geelong Cats, has been charged with striking Dane Rampe, Sydney Swans, during the second quarter of the Round 20 match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans played at Simonds Stadium on Friday August 4, 2017.

In summary, due to a previous poor record, his two-match sanction is increased by one further game to three matches and he can accept a two-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Sydney Swans Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional contact with low impact to the face. The incident was classified as a two-match sanction. A poor record over the last two seasons increases the penalty by one-game to a three-match sanction. An early plea enables the player to accept a two-match sanction.

Mitch Duncan, Geelong Cats, has been charged with a striking Tom Papley, Sydney Swans, during the fourth quarter of the Round 20 match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans, played at Simonds Stadium on Friday August 4, 2017.

In summary he can accept one-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Sydney Swans Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct with medium impact to the body. The incident was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a one-match sanction.

Shane Mumford, GWS Giants, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Max Gawn, Melbourne, during the third quarter of the Round 20 match the GWS Giants and Melbourne, played at UNSW Canberra Oval on Saturday August 5, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Melbourne Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with medium impact to the head. The incident was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has a no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a one-match sanction.

Zach Merrett, Essendon, has been charged with striking Lachie Plowman, Carlton, during the second quarter of the Round 20 match between Essendon and Carlton, played at the MCG on Saturday August 5, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Carlton Football Club, the incident was assessed as an intentional conduct with medium impact to the body. The incident was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a one-match sanction.

Joe Daniher, Essendon, has been charged with striking Blaine Boekhorst, Carlton, during the third quarter of the Round 20 match between Essendon and Carlton, played at the MCG on Saturday August 5, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Carlton Football Club, the incident was assessed as an careless conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was a second classifiable offence this season and classified as a $2500 sanction. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1500 sanction.

Brodie Grundy, Collingwood, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Ben Brown, North Melbourne, during the second quarter of the Round 20 match between Collingwood and North Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday August 5, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a two-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from North Melbourne Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with high impact to the head. The incident was classified as a three-match sanction. The player has no applicable record with impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a two-match sanction.

Josh Jenkins, Adelaide Crows, has been charged with a first wrestling offence for wrestling Jackson Trengove, Port Adelaide, during the second quarter of the Round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide, played at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday August 6, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

A first offence for wrestling is a $1500 sanction. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

Jackson Trengove, Port Adelaide, has been charged with a third wrestling offence for wrestling Josh Jenkins, Adelaide Crows, during the second quarter of the Round 20 match between Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows, played at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday August 6, 2017.

In summary, he can accept a $2500 sanction with an early plea.

A third offence for wrestling is a $4000 sanction. An early plea enables the player to accept a $2500 sanction.

Other incidents assessed
Contact between Melbourne’s Jake Melksham and the GWS Giants’ Jacob Hopper from the third quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. It was the view of the panel that the force used in the contact was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

Contact between North Melbourne’s Ben Cunnington and Collingwood’s Tyson Goldsack from the third quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said a Collingwood player had the ball and kicked upfield towards Goldsack. Goldsack begin to move to his left to seek to mark the ball while Cunnington ran towards the contest on his line to the ball. Contact was made between the pair as the ball arrived. It was the view of the panel that Cunnington ran in a direct path to the ball and his action was not a bumping action was not unreasonable in the circumstances. No further action was taken.

The match day report laid against St Kilda’s Luke Dunstan for tripping West Coast’s Jack Redden was assessed. It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.

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