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Travis Cloke accepts striking rap

17/06/2008 11:27:32 AM Comments (0)

Collingwood will enter Sunday's AFL game against the Western Bulldogs without their two key forwards, after Travis Cloke on Tuesday accepted a one-game suspension for striking.

Cloke pleaded guilty to striking Carlton's Michael Jamison at the MCG last Sunday.

The match review panel assessed Cloke's forearm to Jamison's head as reckless, high and of low impact, which drew five activation and 125 demerit points.

But his 93.75 carry-over points from the previous weekend, when he accepted a reprimand for making contact to the head of Melbourne's Matthew Warnock, meant Cloke could not avoid suspension by pleading guilty.

His guilty plea reduces his total of 218.75 demerit points to 164.06 - still over the threshold for a one-match suspension.

Cloke's suspension and the likely absence of Anthony Rocca because of ankle soreness means the Magpies will be lacking some major firepower against the third-placed Bulldogs at Telstra Dome.

With their big guns out, Collingwood will be reliant on their small forwards Paul Medhurst, Leon Davis and Alan Didak to lead the scoring against the highest scoring team in the competition.

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