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Mitchell clear to face Bulldogs

27/05/2008 12:20:00 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn skipper Sam Mitchell is no longer eligible to win the Brownlow Medal but can play the big AFL match against Western Bulldogs on Saturday after he pleaded guilty to a tripping charge.

Mitchell's early plea for the incident involving Melbourne's Simon Buckley at the MCG last Sunday reduced his 125 demerit points down to 93.75, leaving him clear to face the Bulldogs at Launceston's Aurora Stadium.

But the star onballer is no longer eligible to win the game's highest individual honour, as his offence initially drew over 100 points, which rubs him out of the Brownlow race.

Mitchell was one of the major fancies for the award after a great start to the season.

Carlton defender Jarrad Waite will be the only player to appear at the tribunal on Tuesday night, as he contests his charge of striking Fremantle's Chris Mayne at Telstra Dome last Saturday.

Waite could have pleaded guilty and accepted a reprimand, but that would have ruled him out of Saturday night's game against Geelong because his carry-over points would have taken him over the 100-point threshold.

Waite's only chance of playing the Cats is through winning his challenge Tuesday night.

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich and Demon Nathan Jones both pleaded guilty to making contact with field umpires and will pay $1,950 fines.

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