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Goodes out, Bassett cleared by tribunal

24/06/2008 06:59:45 PM Comments (0)

The 204-game streak of Sydney star Adam Goodes is over after the two-time AFL Brownlow Medallist accepted his one-match ban for rough conduct.

Goodes will stay third on the all-time consecutive games list behind new Melbourne president Jim Stynes (244) and current Demon Adem Yze (226) after taking the early plea for the incident involving Melbourne midfielder Clint Bartram last Sunday at Canberra's Manuka Oval.

It was the third time this season Goodes had been booked.

While one of the Swans' most important players will sit out the July 5 clash with Collingwood at ANZ Stadium, Adelaide defender Nathan Bassett will play the night before in the home match against Geelong.

The tribunal deliberated for less than five minutes before finding Bassett not guilty of striking.

Bassett was the only player to front the tribunal after Goodes and Port Adelaide's Matt Thomas (rough conduct) accepted their one-match penalties.

Fremantle tall utility Robert Warnock took a reprimand for charging and St Kilda defender Brendon Goddard is $900 out of pocket for wrestling.

Goodes risked a two-game suspension if the tribunal found him guilty.

Earlier this year, the tribunal found him not guilty of striking Thomas, while only a fortnight ago Goodes took the early plea of a reprimand and 93.75 carryover points for rough conduct against West Coast midfielder Adam Selwood.

Swans coach Paul Roos cautioned Goodes to change his game style after the Selwood report.

But the Swans utility caught Bartram high on Sunday and the carryover points meant it would be a two-game suspension if the club unsuccessfully challenged the charge.

Bassett flew from Adelaide to successfully plead his case after the match review panel booked him for striking Brisbane utility Jed Adcock.

Bassett argued he was trying to block Adcock as they met head-on and the Crows backman presented a strong case.

"I thought I got a fair hearing and things went well," he said later.

"I was really confident - I didn't feel guilty and I didn't feel like I did anything wrong.

"I was attempting to block, it wasn't a striking motion ... it slipped up, it hit him in the shoulder first and then hit him in the neck, sometimes things happen on a footy field.

"I'm really grateful it went well and I look forward to playing Geelong in a week and a half."

It definitely helped Bassett's case that he fronted the tribunal in person, rather than appear via a video link from Adelaide.

"I always think it's important as a player to explain it, even at our footy club sometimes people watch it first and they might go 'oh, that doesn't look good', or whatever," he said.

"But when you actually understand what's going through a player's mind when they're approaching the ball - things happen so quickly on a footy field - it gives people a clearer picture about what actually happened."

A medical report from Brisbane stated that the contact left Adcock with some swelling to his throat and neck area.

Adcock was trying to pick up the ball, but it tumbled away from him.

Originally hoping to tackle the Lion, Bassett put his arms across his body at the last moment to block him.

Under cross-examination, Bassett said the risk of suspension and injury to an opponent meant bumping Adcock was never an option.

"There's no way I bump on a footy field, because it's too dangerous," he said.

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