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Carlton's Jamison facing two-match ban

By Guy Hand 07/03/2011 07:44:32 PM Comments (0)

Carlton face a round one showdown with the AFL's reigning leading goalkicker without their best option to stop him.

Defender Michael Jamison has been hit with a two-match ban by the match review panel, which would rule him out of the Blues' season-opening clash with Richmond on March 24.

Should he decide not to fight the ban at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night, that puts a red line through Jamison to take on Richmond's Jack Riewoldt, the reigning Coleman Medallist.

Beyond Jamison, the options to stand Riewoldt thin heavily with veteran Blues defender Bret Thornton, or switching Jarrad Waite from the forward line, the most obvious.

First-round draft pick Matthew Watson could also come into calculations.

Riewoldt booted 78 goals to be the AFL's leading goalkicker last season, and Jamison combined well with Bryce Gibbs to keep him to two goals the last time the sides met in the season proper last August.

Jamison has been offered a two-match suspension if he pleads guilty to rough conduct over his high hit on Adelaide forward Ricky Henderson during a practice match last week.

That ban would extend to three games if he chanced his arm unsuccessfully at the tribunal.

The Blues also face losing midfielder David Ellard for the match against Richmond.

He has been given a one-match ban for rough conduct against Adelaide's Scott Thompson.

And to complete a miserable day for the Blues, midfielder Gibbs was fined $900 for negligent contact with an umpire.

West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey was handed a reprimand for a hit on Collingwood's Tom Hunter which left the rookie-listed Magpie in hospital with a neck injury.

But there was no penalty for Eagles veteran Andrew Embley for the hit which left Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell hospitalised with bleeding from his kidneys.

"The contact made by Embley is to the side of Maxwell's body and the back of his shoulder. There was no forceful contact to the head or neck," the panel said in a statement.

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