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Essendon's Hille avoids suspension again

09/08/2010 05:51:17 PM Comments (0)

Essendon ruckman David Hille has again avoided AFL suspension, as he can escape with a reprimand for engaging in rough conduct against Carlton's Mitch Robinson.

Hille's report on Friday night was his fourth booking for the season, but the match review panel on Monday deemed his bump as negligent, of low impact and high, which meant he can avoid a suspension with a guilty plea.

Hille was cleared of wrongdoing despite being reported for clashes with Geelong's Jimmy Bartel, Hawthorn's Clinton Young and St Kilda's Brendon Goddard earlier this season.

The Hawks could be without defender Brent Guerra for next Sunday's vital game against Melbourne after he was reported for engaging in rough conduct against Sydney's Nick Malceski at the SCG on Saturday.

The panel imposed a two-game suspension, but Guerra can reduce that to one with a guilty plea or challenge at the tribunal on Tuesday.

Brisbane Lions defender Joel Patfull was hit with a three-game suspension for engaging in rough conduct against West Coast's Brett Jones at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night.

Patfull can reduce the penalty to two games with a guilty plea, which would allow him to play again this season, as the Lions cannot make the finals.

The good record of Lions skipper Jonathan Brown means he can escape with a reprimand for tripping Eagle Scott Selwood.

Collingwood utility Leigh Brown also had his good record to thank, as he can accept a reprimand for tripping Geelong's Mathew Stokes at the MCG on Saturday night.

Sydney's Kieren Jack, West Coast's Quinten Lynch and the Western Bulldogs' Jordan Roughead can all play next weekend by accepting reprimands.

Jack was charged with engaging in rough conduct against Hawk Matt Suckling, Lynch was charged with kneeing Lion Brent Staker and Roughead was booked for engaging in rough conduct against Adelaide's Brad Symes at AAMI Stadium on Sunday night.

Jones was fined $1200 for making negligent contact with an umpire, but can reduce that to $900 with a guilty plea.

A report against Essendon's Sam Lonergan for engaging in rough conduct against Carlton's Robert Warnock was dropped because it did not constitute a reportable offence.

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