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Lynch biggest villain since Daniher

By Chris Lines 30/09/2004 08:14:57 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane forward Alastair Lynch has received the heaviest AFL suspension in 14 years for starting a wild grand final punch-up, but having already retired his punishment was more symbolic than damaging.

Lynch received a total of ten weeks suspension and $15,000 in fines after the AFL tribunal found he was "clearly the aggressor" in a first quarter fight with Port Adelaide fullback Darryl Wakelin.

It was the heaviest suspension since former Essendon forward Terry Daniher received 11 weeks for his role in the 1990 grand final quarter-time brawl.

In other bad news for the Lions, star midfielder Simon Black will miss the first three weeks of the 2005 season after being found guilty of two striking charges.

The Lions are bracing for more bad news on Monday when key forward Jonathan Brown will answer charges of striking and wrestling Port Adelaide's Josh Carr.

His case was postponed because he was receiving intra-muscular antibiotics for an infection to his right elbow and forearm and had been told to undertake bedrest.

Lynch, 36, faced seven charges of either striking or attempting to strike, pleading guilty to just one attempted striking charge and not guilty to the rest.

However he was contrite in the hearing, admitting he lost control after breaking down with yet another injury and snapped when niggled by Wakelin.

"Because of the devastation of another injury, in a grand final, and the niggle continuing, I reacted in an incorrect manner," Lynch told the tribunal.

"I certainly threw a couple and thankfully there was no damage done and Darryl was able to continue on.

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