Nick Maxwell
Nick Maxwell

Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell's season could be over after he was offered a two-match ban for rough conduct against Paul Puopolo but Maxwell's team-mate Chris Tarrant and Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead can escape with reprimands despite also being charged.

The Magpies' opponents in Saturday night's cut-throat semi-final at the MCG, the Eagles, could go into the game without big man Quinten Lynch after he was offered a one-match suspension.

There was also better news for other players still in action this year with Hawk Josh Gibson, Eagle Sam Butler and Swan Jude Bolton all having no case to answer following other weekend incidents.

But North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey faces the prospect of the start of his 18th season being delayed by four matches on two separate striking charges while Geelong's James Kelly was offered a one-week ban.

Maxwell was charged by the Match Review Panel after an off-the-ball incident in the third quarter of last Friday's qualifying final that left Puopolo bloodied and with a broken nose.

An animated Puopolo gestured angrily at Maxwell following the incident and while the Magpies spent much of the weekend playing it down, the MRP was unconvinced.

Maxwell will actually be suspended for three matches if he challenges his charge on Tuesday night and is unsuccessful but even if he pleads guilty the earliest he will be able to return will be in the grand final if the Magpies get that far.

Tarrant was cited for striking Lance Franklin but the low impact meant he can escape with a reprimand and 93 carryover points, as can Roughead after he ran through an unaware Chris Dawes from behind, leaving Dawes in distress on the ground.

Gibson had a nervous wait after throwing his leg out and clumsily bringing down Andrew Krakouer in the final quarter but the MRP ruled there was insufficient force to justify a charge, a finding that that also came to after Butler made contact by foot with Kangaroos opponent Lachlan Hansen.

Lynch was not as fortunate though, with his poor record preventing him from reducing his ban to a reprimand even with a guilty plea for his crude bump from behind on North Melbourne's Scott McMahon in the opening quarter at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

Veteran Bolton, who is set to play his 300th game in the preliminary final on Friday week against either Collingwood or West Coast, had no case to answer following an incident with Adelaide's Patrick Dangerfield after the MRP ruled his action to brace for contact was not a striking motion.

With carryover points increasing his penalty, Harvey can accept three matches for striking Daniel Kerr late in the third quarter and another game for striking Adam Selwood while Kelly copped a week for his front-on bump to the head of Fremantle's Tendai Mzungu.

Magpie Heath Shaw and Hawk Brad Sewell can each accept $900 fines for wrestling each other while Dangerfield can accept a similar fine for making contact with an umpire.



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