Round 15 was again a brutal one as the Match Review Panel handed out a few lengthy penalties Monday in response to the usual bout of player recklessness.
Sharrod Wellingham’s off the ball smash on Kade Simpson looked as bad as it was. His five-year good behaviour record meant the penalty was reduced to three weeks which the club has accepted. He will miss vital clashes with Geelong and Hawthorn, plus one not so vital clash with GWS.
Big Cat Jimmy Bartel also copped a two-match ban for striking. Big blow for Geelong. And my Supercoach team.
Heath Hocking received two weeks for his charge on Lenny Hayes. Eagles Luke Shuey, two weeks for striking, and Quenten Lynch, one week for tripping, also copped sanctions.
Saturday’s St Kilda-Essendon game was made all the more interesting when a couple of pitch invaders decided to get in on the action. The fines they received after the contest were retracted as both were arrested on Monday. Check out the footage below of a peculiar incident with a 30-year-old woman appearing to be preaching a religious message to the Essendon bench.
Out of contract full forward Travis Cloke made news again over the weekend, the wrong time of the week in the football world, when he was linked with a possible move to Carlton. Fremantle is also expected to be in bid for the big man.
The Cloke decision is going to be a big decision for one club this summer. He having a very average year (which doesn’t help his cause) and is drawing labels of being a distraction. I’m very curious to see which club takes the risk on Cloke and knocks out a heap of their salary cap in the process.
Big news in Fremantle, Nat Fyfe has apparently been tearing up the training track on his road to recovery from an early season shoulder injury. Fyfe, a near All-Australian in 2011, suffered a shoulder injury against the Lions in Round 3 and a failed comeback in Round 5 sent him to the injury table. However, coach Ross Lyon remains adamant he won’t be back before Round 18. Fremantle are taking no risks with their young star.