McPharlin to contest

Sportal August 7, 2012, 11:29 am
Luke McPharlin

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Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin will head to the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night in a bid to overturn a one-match ban.

The veteran backman was offered the suspension after being charged with making forceful, front-on contact against West Coast's Jack Darling during Saturday's Western Derby.

Given McPharlin was unable to have the penalty reduced to a reprimand with a guilty plea because of a previous suspension within the past three years, it is no surprise he will take his chances at the tribunal in an attempt to be free to face Adelaide this weekend.

Hawthorn will be without Liam Shiels when they take on Port Adelaide in Launceston on Sunday after he accepted a one-match suspension for striking Geelong's Allen Christensen last Friday.

McPharlin's team-mates Matthew Pavlich (93.75 points) and Matt de Boer (60 points) both received reprimands, Pavlich for striking Mitch Brown and de Boer for tripping Daniel Kerr.

St Kilda youngster Tom Simpkin also escaped suspension but will carry 93.75 demerit points for the next 12 months for making forceful contact on Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham.

And North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey is $1950 lighter in the pocket after pleading guilty to pushing Western Bulldog Robert Murphy into umpire Jason Armstrong.

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