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Guerra, Gehrig to face AFL tribunal

By Adam Cooper 28/05/2006 06:49:34 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda's Fraser Gehrig and the Hawthorn AFL club could be set to go before the tribunal sooner than they would have liked after reports were made during round nine this weekend.

Gehrig was reported for striking the Kangaroos' Hamish McIntosh during the second quarter of Sunday's win at Telstra Dome.

There appeared little in the incident, but Gehrig - who appeared frustrated throughout the game - could be in strife given he was suspended for incidents in the past three seasons.

The full-forward was suspended for one game in 2003, two in 2004 and one in 2005 for striking opponents.

Hawthorn will also be loath to go before the tribunal again after captain Richie Vandenberg was suspended for four games last week, but defender Brent Guerra was reported during Saturday night's loss to Sydney at the MCG, for striking Lewis Roberts-Thomson.

Guerra knocked the Sydney defender flat, and his elbow appeared to connect with Roberts-Thomson's head.

The Hawks might be tempted to accept any penalty the match review panel offers given it lost its initial attempt to have Vandenberg cleared and also lost an appeal, but mainly because Guerra is likely to miss at least two games because of a groin injury.

The match review panel is certain to scrutinise two clashes from last Friday night's game between Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs.

Collingwood forward Chris Tarrant made contact with the head of opponent Dale Morris, while Bulldogs defender Brian Harris will also sweat over a high challenge on Magpie opponent Anthony Rocca.

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