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Bartel accepts ban, Eagles contest

Sportal July 10, 2012, 12:13 pm
James Bartel

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Geelong star Jimmy Bartel has accepted a two-match suspension for striking Gold Coast's Trent McKenzie in the Cats' 14-point win on Sunday, while the AFL tribunal will sit on Tuesday night with three players contesting charges.

The Match Review Panel cited Bartel for an off-the-ball incident in the clash at Metricon Stadium, earning 325 points for his hit on the Suns youngster, but an early plea saw his punishment reduced to 243.75 points and a two-match penalty.

The 2007 Brownlow Medallist will sit out vital clashes with Collingwood and Essendon, before being eligible to return for the Cats' match against Adelaide at Skilled Stadium in Round 18.

Essendon midfielder Heath Hocking has also accepted a two-match ban for engaging in rough conduct with St Kilda's Lenny Hayes, meaning he will miss clashes with Port Adelaide and Geelong.

Hocking accrued 396.25 points - the equivalent of a three-match ban - for his off-the-ball incident with Hayes in the Bombers' 71-point loss to the Saints on Saturday night, but with an early plea his tally was reduced to just under 300 points, hence a two-week holiday.

Hocking, though, will carry over 97.19 points when he is available again, starting when the Bombers take on Hawthorn in Round 18.

West Coast pair Luke Shuey and Quinten Lynch will both contest their respective charges received after the Eagles' thrilling win over North Melbourne in Hobart on Saturday.

By taking matters further, Shuey is risking a three-match ban (316.25 points) for striking North Melbourne's Lindsay Thomas, which could have been downgraded to two weeks (237.19) had he accepted the charge with an early plea.

Lynch was offered a one-match ban for tripping Kangaroo Shaun Atley, but the power forward is contesting the charge which earned him 137.50 points.

He is not risking any further weeks by going to the tribunal.

The pair stand to miss the top-of-the-table clash with Sydney at Patersons Stadium on Sunday if they fail to overturn their suspensions, while Shuey will also miss games against Adelaide and the Brisbane Lions should he be unsuccessful.

Greater Western Sydney forward Jeremy Cameron is also challenging his one-match ban offered for striking Hawks midfielder Clinton Young.

Cameron was cited for his high contact on Young in the third quarter of the Giants' 162-point loss to premiership fancies Hawthorn at the MCG on Sunday, but he is taking the matter to the tribunal on Tuesday night.

Already nominated for the NAB AFL Rising Star in Round 2 this season, Cameron must be successful at the tribunal - or have his offence downgraded under the 125 points that it was classified as - to remain eligible for the award.

Also, if he is unsuccessful, he will sit out GWS' home clash with Adelaide on Sunday.

After team-mate Sharrod Wellingham accepted a three-week ban on Monday, Collingwood's Jackson Paine accepted a reprimand (60 points) for tripping Carlton's Mitch Robinson at the MCG on Friday night.

Melbourne defender James Frawley also accepted a reprimand (70.31 points) for striking Richmond's Robin Nahas on Saturday, while team-mate Lynden Dunn accepted a one-week ban for striking Tiger Luke McGuane.

Richmond's Matt White has accepted two sanctions - a three-match ban and a reprimand - for isolated incidents in the same match.

White was charged with making forceful front-on contact on Frawley, earning him a three-week hiatus, while he accepted a reprimand and 93.75 carryover points for striking Luke Tapscott.

Meanwhile, ruckmen Tom Bellchambers and Robert Warnock will contest one-week bans at the VFL tribunal, especially as both players may be in line for a recall this weekend.

Essendon's Bellchambers was sighted for tripping while playing for Bombers affiliate Bendigo against North Ballarat, while Warnock is challenging his ban for engaging in rough play.

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