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Stenglein has AFL suspension reduced

By Guy Hand 31/05/2005 09:09:17 PM Comments (0)

West Coast had its second big win over the AFL judicial system this season, with midfielder Tyson Stenglein having a two-match suspension reduced to a one-match ban at the tribunal.

Stenglein was found guilty of rough conduct over an incident which left Port Adelaide youngster Ben Eckermann concussed and bleeding during the Eagles' big win last weekend.

But after a marathon two-hour tribunal hearing, the AFL match review panel's grading of the impact as severe was downgraded to high, allowing Stenglein to have his suspension reduced.

He will now miss ladder leader West Coast's match against Richmond at the MCG this weekend but will be available the following week against Essendon in Perth.

The Eagles are earning a reputation for dodging the AFL match review panel's bullets.

The result followed on from the Eagles' successful challenge to the match review panel's finding earlier this month when youngster Adam Hunter had a one-match ban downgraded to a reprimand.

Stenglein argued unsuccessfully that the collision with Eckermann did not constitute rough conduct.

But the tribunal of former players Richard Loveridge, Stewart Loewe and Barry Stoneham didn't agree, though it did believe the impact should not be graded as highly as the match review panel had.

Instead of 239.06 demerit points, the tribunal gave Stenglein 182.81 points - a one-match ban with 82.81 points carried over should the tagger transgress again.

Stenglein's advocate David Grace QC argued Stenglein's contact with Eckermann was a legitimate shoulder bump and to find otherwise could jeopardise the future of the bump within AFL.

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