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Medhurst out to fight kicking charge

By Tom Wald 25/08/2003 08:04:52 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle's finals fortunes rest at the AFL Tribunal with gifted small forward Paul Medhurst flying out to Melbourne to answer a kicking charge.

The 21-year-old is the club's leading goalkicker this season with 45 majors and is seen as crucial to the Dockers' plans in their debut finals series next month.

Fremantle decided it was worth disrupting Medhurst's routine in the lead-up to Saturday night's western derby by making him fly across the country to fight the charge.

Medhurst was reported by field umpire Brett Allen for allegedly kicking Essendon defender Danny Jacobs in the third term of the Bombers' 60-point thrashing of Fremantle at Telstra Dome on Saturday.

Fremantle tall Troy Simmonds was in possession of the ball, preparing for a long range shot on goal, when Jacobs fell to the ground inside the Dockers' attacking 50m.

"There is no vision of the incident and it is important that they hear Paul's testimony in person," a Dockers spokesman said.

It will be the 41-game player's first appearance at the Tribunal and the first time the Dockers have flown one of their players to Melbourne to answer a charge this season.

Collingwood tagger Brodie Holland will join Medhurst at the Tribunal on a video charge for striking Sydney's Paul Williams in Saturday night's game at Telstra Stadium.

The Magpies will sweat on the Tribunal's outcome ahead of Friday night's blockbuster against Essendon.

Holland has been one of the most improved players at his club this season, transforming himself from an opportunistic small forward into a competent midfielder.

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