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Cats, Mooney must decide on one-match ban

By Guy Hand 15/08/2011 06:52:44 PM Comments (0)

Geelong forward Cameron Mooney has given his club a huge finals conundrum with his latest suspension - the 12th of his chequered AFL career.

Veteran forward Mooney was slapped with a one-match ban for a high hit, just as he was working his way back into the Cats side after an injury-interrupted season.

The question is will Geelong be able to work Mooney into their best 22 for the finals.

If Mooney and the Cats accept the match review panel verdict, his next match would be the last home-and-away game of the season against top-of-the-table Collingwood, with the finals to follow.

And with few fitness worries after the Cats have carefully rotated players through the second half of the season, coach Chris Scott must consider whether the 31-year-old commands an immediate recall.

Mooney has been battling a knee problem all season and the Cats have managed his workload carefully, building his fitness playing in the reserves.

Tribunal regular Mooney's poor disciplinary record means no early reduction for a guilty plea over his crude bump on Adelaide's Graham Johncock during the Cats' 11-point win at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

Geelong officials will wait until Tuesday before deciding whether to fight his case at the tribunal, where they would aim to clear him for their next match in a fortnight against Sydney following this weekend's bye.

There was better news for teammate Joel Selwood, with the panel clearing him of wrongdoing in a bump of Adelaide's Bernie Vince.

Also in the clear was Collingwood backman Chris Tarrant, whose match-day report for a bump on St Kilda's Justin Koschitzke was roundly condemned as umpire overkill.

The panel threw out the report.

"Contact was made to the shoulder area and, after speaking to the umpire, reviewing all available footage and receiving a medical report from the St Kilda Football Club, it was determined that there was no forceful high contact made," the panel said in a statement explaining the decision.

Adelaide defender Shaun McKernan can accept a reprimand for tripping, as can Richmond forward Tyrone Vickery for rough conduct.

But Port Adelaide's Matt Thomas and Melbourne's Clint Bartram were cleared.

Thomas was under review for a sling tackle on Hawthorn ruckman Max Bailey, but the panel believed insufficient force was used to warrant further action.

St Kilda midfielder Nick Dal Santo and Port Adelaide first-gamer Tom Jonas face $900 fines for umpire contact.

All players charged have until Tuesday lunchtime to decide whether to fight their penalties at the tribunal.

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