Injuries, Suspensions Headlining AFL Finals News

Plus Liam Jurrah walks out on Melbourne.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Monday’s are busy days in the AFL world and that hasn’t changed this week despite over half of the league’s clubs having called it a season over the weekend.

Geelong secured a home elimination final with their win against Sydney on Saturday, but they will be without gun Stevie Johnson after the Match Review Panel offered the forward a one-match ban for rough conduct. His poor record means the ruling cannot be reduced.

That was good news for Fremantle who will fly across the country to take on the Cats, a team that knocked them out last time they played finals in 2010, but it was offset by the news of Luke McPharlin’s hamstring injury.

McPharlin has will come under consideration for All-Australian selection in the upcoming weeks, but he suffered the injury in a meaningless game against Melbourne last weekend. With Geelong’s Tom Hawkins in great form, McPharlin would have been very helpful against the big goal kicker.

Campbell Brown continues to solidify the notion of him being one of the worst signings in AFL history after the veteran copped a six-match ban from the MRP on Monday for a reckless hit on Crow Aidan Riley. What would have been a five-match suspension was increased a game due to Brown’s ugly record at the tribunal.

Moving away from the suspensions and injuries, Liam Jurrah has quit the Melbourne Football Club.

The 23-year-old played just the one game in what was an awful season for Melbourne, but the exciting forward is looking to move to Adelaide as he prepares to face trial in March for an alleged machete attack.

Both Adelaide clubs are said to lukewarm at the prospect of adding the embattled Jurrah as it currently stands.