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Hunt can accept one-game AFL ban

By Roger Vaughan 30/05/2011 06:52:38 PM Comments (0)

Karmichael Hunt's best game so far for Gold Coast had a sour postscript when he received his first AFL suspension.

The match review panel suspended the star rugby league convert for two games, ruling on Monday he had made front-on contact with young Geelong ruckman Nathan Vardy.

Hunt can accept a one-match ban with an early plea.

Vardy was trying to pick the ball up in the first term on Saturday night at Carrara when he collided with Hunt.

The ruckman was floored by the contact and a stretcher was called, but Vardy was able to walk from the field and he returned in the second term.

The incident was assessed as negligent, medium impact and high contact.

Hunt had 12 possessions against the Cats and also kicked his first goal, a booming shot on the run from outside 50m that delighted team-mates and the Suns fans.

Regardless of the match review panel, Gold Coast had considered resting Hunt from Saturday's game against West Coast in Perth.

The former Brisbane Bronco suffered cramps in the third term on Saturday night and is one of only seven Suns to be picked for every game so far this season.

"At some stage he is going to have a rest and he did cramp up, so that could be next week. It's a big ground in Perth, all those sorts of things," said Suns coach Guy McKenna.

North Melbourne defender Michael Firrito can also reduce his two-game ban to one match with an early plea.

He was charged with rough conduct against Sydney forward Ryan O'Keefe and carryover points increased the penalty to two matches.

But the suspension goes back to one game if Firrito decides not to take his case to the tribunal.

Firrito is also lucky not to be charged with striking Lewis Jetta.

He threw his arm back and caught Jetta in the groin after the Swan tackled him but the panel ruled the force was not enough to warrant a report.

St Kilda utility Brett Peake can reduce his one-match ban for striking Fremantle's Dylan Roberton to a reprimand if he does not contest the charge.

The same goes for Collingwood ruckman Cameron Wood, who received a one-match suspension for rough conduct against West Coast opponent Dean Cox.

Magpies midfielder Luke Ball was reprimanded for tripping, while Melbourne onballer Colin Sylvia and Adelaide youngster Rory Sloane can take $900 fines for negligent umpire contact.

Richmond star Trent Cotchin, Geelong forward Cameron Mooney and Hawthorn onballer Jordan Lewis were cleared of illegal contact with opponents.

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