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Dal Santo, Goddard and Thomas cleared

20/09/2010 07:08:15 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda and Collingwood breathed a huge sigh of relief after stars Nick Dal Santo, Brendon Goddard and Dale Thomas were cleared to play in Saturday's AFL grand final by the match review panel.

All three had incidents in their weekend preliminary finals reviewed, with the panel deciding they had no case to answer.

St Kilda midfielder Dal Santo and Collingwood's Thomas both had bumps scrutinised - Dal Santo for a high hit on Western Bulldog Callan Ward and Thomas for contact with Geelong's Harry Taylor.

Goddard escaped any penalty for high contact with the Bulldogs' Liam Picken - the panel saying the St Kilda player's eyes were on the flight of the ball when high contact was made.

"It was the view of the panel that his action was not a striking motion and no further action was required," they said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Collingwood will wait until Tuesday's deadline before deciding whether to make an early guilty plea on defender Tyson Goldsack's rough conduct charge.

Goldsack would be free to play in the grand final if he pleads guilty to rough conduct against Geelong's Mathew Stokes - with his penalty being reduced to a reprimand if he avoids going to tribunal.

Magpies football manager Geoff Walsh said the club would follow its usual procedure of waiting right up until Tuesday morning's deadline before deciding what action to take.

"We'll do the same as we have done all year and wait until 11am on Tuesday before deciding our course of action," Walsh said.

Goldsack was a late replacement for Leon Davis in the win over the Cats and is one player who faces a nervous week awaiting the Magpies' team selection decision for the grand final.

Geelong skipper Cameron Ling and Western Bulldogs utility Dylan Addison can both accept reprimands if they plead guilty to level two striking offences.

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