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Brent Harvey reported for tripping

By Adam Cooper 04/04/2010 09:39:07 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has tipped Brent Harvey to rebound from one of the quietest games of his AFL career, although a report for tripping stands as the first hurdle.

Harvey's wretched game in North's 104-point defeat to St Kilda on Saturday night was capped when he was booked for tripping David Armitage in the last quarter.

The evidence of umpire Hayden Kennedy will be crucial in determining what sort of penalty Harvey faces, as Network Ten did not have any vision of the incident during its broadcast of the game.

Harvey was kept to five touches by St Kilda tagger Clinton Jones, but Scott said the North star played under duress given his grandmother died recently, and he attended her funeral two days before the game.

"Boomer's had an extremely emotional two weeks and he doesn't use it as an excuse and we don't give him the excuse," Scott said after the 23.5 (143) to 6.3 (39) defeat at Etihad Stadium.

"The way he played last week (against Port Adelaide) was exceptional under enormous duress and that emotional pressure builds up on even the most professional players, even the best players.

"I think he felt like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders and on top of that Clinton Jones is one of the best defensive midfielders in the competition.

"He's a champion, Brent Harvey. He will bounce back.

"I'm not concerned about Brent Harvey in the slightest. He will bounce back from this ... he'll do what champions always do, they bounce back."

West Coast could also be further penalised following their loss to Port on Saturday night, as defender Shannon Hurn was booked for a heavy hip and shoulder on the Power's Paul Stewart.

Stewart, who was low to the ground competing for a loose ball when Hurn collected him, took several minutes to regain consciousness and was eventually carried from the field.

The Power suspected the defender suffered a broken nose from the incident.

Hurn was booked for rough conduct.

Essendon defender Courtenay Dempsey was also reported, for striking Fremantle's Hayden Ballantyne in the second quarter of Sunday's game at Etihad Stadium.

The AFL match review panel will meet on Monday to analyse the round's games.

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