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Goodes can escape with a reprimand

09/06/2008 06:57:12 PM Comments (0)

Sydney star Adam Goodes can extend his run of consecutive AFL games to 203 and beyond by accepting an early guilty plea for making high contact to West Coast's Adam Selwood.

The level one rough conduct offence in Saturday night's match at Subiaco was assessed as negligent, low impact and high conduct by the match review panel (MRP).

But the 125 demerit points will be reduced to 93.75 and a reprimand with an early guilty plea, freeing Goodes to play in the round 12 home clash with St Kilda.

The club will officially decide on Tuesday morning whether to contest the Goodes' finding at the tribunal, but are almost certain to accept the reprimand.

It was another favourable result for the dual Brownlow medallist, who was described as a "protected species" by Brisbane coach Leigh Matthews earlier this year after being found not guilty of striking Port Adelaide's Matt Thomas.

He was also reprimanded last year for striking Melbourne tagger Simon Godfrey.

The latest report came during the first quarter of the clash at Subiaco after Goodes had come in for some close attention from Eagles players.

"It was a physical start to the game, there's no question," Sydney coach Paul Roos said before the MRP handed down its finding.

"I think all those type of players understand that they're going to get bumped and AFL is a physical game anyway so I wouldn't have thought that would be worrying Goodesy too much."

Roos said it was difficult for umpires to police all of the off-the-ball incidents that occur in a match.

"A lot of what gets picked up is often not seen until after the game," he said.

"I think the AFL is doing as much as it can, the umpires are doing as much as they can to police it as well."

Only Melbourne duo Jim Stynes (244) and Adem Yze (226) have played more consecutive matches than the 28-year-old Goodes.

Selwood can also accept a reprimand for pleading guilty to a separate striking offence against Swan Amon Buchanan.

Western Bulldogs ruckman Ben Hudson can accept a reprimand for striking St Kilda onballer Leigh Montagna.

Fremantle onballer Heath Black risks a three-match ban if he challenges a level four striking offence against Brisbane's Troy Selwood.

An early guilty plea would result in a two-match suspension for Black, who has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Dockers side this year.

Black and Selwood have also been charged with wrestling each other.

Black has pleaded guilty to wrestling and will decide on Tuesday whether to take his chances at the tribunal on the striking charge.

North Melbourne defender Michael Firrito and Geelong forward Paul Chapman have also been charged with wrestling each other.

All of the wrestling reports attract $900 fines with early guilty pleas.

A match-day report against Carlton's Jordan Russell was withdrawn, with the MRP ruling that Russell had no real alternative but to contest the ball which led him to make front-on, high contact with Port Adelaide's Paul Stewart.

Stewart was assisted from the ground but later cleared of concussion.

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