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Trengove, Riewoldt cleared by AFL

Greg Buckle 04/07/2011 05:27:51 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne midfielder Jack Trengove has avoided suspension following another controversial slinging tackle.

The 19-year-old was handed a three-match ban for a tackle against Adelaide in round seven which left Patrick Dangerfield concussed.

But a similar-style slinging tackle in the round-15 clash with Western Bulldogs was cleared on Monday by the AFL's match review panel.

The panel found Trengove's heavy tackle on Callan Ward in the third quarter of Friday night's game at Etihad Stadium was not reportable.

"It was the view of the panel that while the action was a slinging motion, the impact on this occasion was below that required to constitute a reportable offence," the panel said in a statement.

"The majority of the contact to the ground was to Ward's shoulder and there was no significant impact on Ward's head/neck area."

A club medical report said Ward had sustained no injury.

Trengove had said on Sunday that if he was suspended a second time, he would have to think about adjusting his tackling technique.

"I just tackle the way I've grown up doing it. It's an instinctive thing," he said.

Melbourne onballer Brent Moloney can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his record for engaging in rough conduct against Bulldogs' midfielder Ryan Griffen.

St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt was cleared following an incident in which he swung his knee in North Melbourne defender Lachie Hansen's thigh area behind the play.

The impact was below that required for a reportable offence, the panel said.

Gold Coast's David Swallow was cleared following a high bump on Fremantle ruckman Jon Griffin.

Geelong's Josh Hunt was found to have struck Essendon's Ben Howlett, but the impact was below that required to constitute a reportable offence.

Cats' wingman David Wojcinski was also cleared following a clash with Essendon's Mark McVeigh, as was Adelaide's Brent Reilly after a clash with Sydney's Jude Bolton.

Collingwood's Heath Shaw was cleared after making heavy contact with Hawthorn's Michael Osborne following a marking contest.

Hawthorn's Brent Guerra was also cleared after a high bump on Collingwood's Leon Davis.

And North Melbourne's Scott McMahon was cleared following a clash with St Kilda's Raphael Clarke.

The Tribunal will sit on Tuesday to hear West Coast's Quinten Lynch contest a rough-conduct offence against Carlton's Marc Murphy from round 14.

Lynch faces a two-match ban if found guilty.

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