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Two Bombers stars up on report

By Adam Cooper 25/04/2005 07:54:06 PM Comments (0)

Essendon stars James Hird and Mark Johnson were reported for charging, marring Essendon's Anzac Day AFL win over Collingwood at the MCG.

Hird was booked for charging into the back of Collingwood's Shane Wakelin early in the game after the Magpies defender took a mark, while Johnson had his number taken for a late, high challenge on Magpie winger Rhyce Shaw in the final term.

A concussed Shaw lay on the ground for about a minute after the clash and was carried off the ground on a stretcher.

Essendon, which plays Brisbane at Telstra Dome on Saturday night, will be concerned about the reports as they were both deemed serious enough to warrant on-the-spot bookings, while Hird's charge caused a dust-up between players from both sides.

Brisbane will hope the return of bustling forward Jonathan Brown can help the now-embattled club turn around its shattered season.

Carlton is also not entirely in the clear, as Brendan Fevola's wrestle with Fremantle's Antoni Grover could come under further scrutiny when the AFL match review panel continues its analysis of the round's games on Tuesday.

Both players were offered $900 fines for wrestling, but the Blues full-forward could face a more serious charge of misconduct as he was seen clutching at Grover's face and the Dockers defender left the ground bleeding.

An AFL spokesman said the match review panel had not yet finished analysing the Carlton-Fremantle game.

Sydney also had a major decision on its hands, as ruckman Darren Jolly was offered a one-game suspension for kneeing Melbourne's Simon Godfrey last Saturday night.

The Swans play ladder leader West Coast at Subiaco on Saturday night and already have first-choice ruckman Jason Ball sidelined with a hamstring strain.

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