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Rooke offered one-match AFL ban

By Justin Chadwick 25/08/2008 04:51:18 PM Comments (0)

Geelong's Max Rooke has been offered a one-match ban by the AFL match review panel for his heavy bump on Sam Power that left the North Melbourne midfielder dazed and confused.

Rooke's bump was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), high impact (three points) and body contact (one point).

It drew a total of five activation points resulting in a classification of a level three offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction.

The penalty was increased by 10 per cent to 247.5 points due to Rooke's existing record of one match suspended within the last three years, but an early plea reduces the sanction to 185.63 points and a one-match ban.

Rooke will miss Geelong's round 22 clash against West Coast should he choose to accept the ban.

But if he contests the charge and loses, Rooke will miss week one of the finals.

North Melbourne's Michael Firrito was the only other player to feel the wrath of the match review panel.

Firrito was charged with making an obscene gesture during the fourth quarter of the tussle against Geelong when he raised his middle finger to the crowd.

He was slapped with a $1200 sanction but can reduce the fine to $900 with an early guilty plea.

The match day report against Adelaide's Chris Knights for engaging in rough conduct against St Kilda's Shane Birss was also assessed.

It was deemed Knights was pushed from behind and the corresponding contact against Birss was caused by circumstances outside of Knights' control, thus resulting in no sanction.

Meanwhile, Hawthorn will be breathing a sigh of relief after incidents involving ruckman Brent Renouf and midfielder Sam Mitchell were assessed but no charges laid.

Renouf caught West Coast's Quinten Lynch with a high bump while Mitchell's head-high tackle on Ashley Hansen was deemed not to have been a strike because contact was made with an open hand in a grabbing/tackling motion.

Fremantle's Jeff Farmer was cleared of his knee to the head of Richmond's Shane Edwards, while incidents involving Carlton's Cameron Cloke and Essendon's Mark McVeigh were also reviewed but thrown out.

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