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Judd's Brownlow dream looks dashed

By Adam Cooper 16/05/2005 07:26:04 PM Comments (0)

Chris Judd can kiss goodbye dreams of back-to-back Brownlow wins unless West Coast again successfully challenges the AFL match review panel's findings at the tribunal.

The star onballer was offered a one-match penalty for elbowing St Kilda tagger Steven Baker in the face in the second quarter of last Saturday's game at Subiaco Oval.

Although West Coast was successful at the tribunal last week, when it had Adam Hunter's striking charge downgraded from intentional to reckless, the club might be tempting fate to challenge again.

If Judd decides to contest the charge and loses, he could be suspended for two games as the review panel deemed his strike worth 225 demerit points.

Judd cannot rely on a good record to help him either, as he has not completed five seasons for that to be a factor.

The Eagles could argue Judd's strike was of low impact instead of medium and that Baker continually retarded his opponent at stoppages by grabbing his jumper.

Brownlow Medal betting was suspended as the AFL awaited the panel's review - Judd was on the third line of betting before round eight with tens of thousands of dollars already invested.

Betting will remain suspended if Judd fights his charge in an attempt to play Collingwood on Saturday at the MCG.

Coleman Medal betting was also suspended as St Kilda's Fraser Gehrig and Essendon's Matthew Lloyd awaited the review, but both were cleared.

Lloyd crashed into the back of Fremantle's Scott Thornton but the panel said he rolled across the Docker's back and that his action did not constitute a report.

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