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Hawthorn's Lewis cleared to play

12/09/2011 05:48:38 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis is free to play in Friday's AFL semi-final against Sydney after his match-day report was thrown out by the match review panel.

Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham has also been cleared to continue his finals campaign after his clashes with West Coast pair Mark LeCras and Beau Waters were deemed not reportable incidents.

Carlton's Jeremy Laidler and Sydney's Shane Mumford have also been cleared to play.

West Coast will host Carlton in Saturday's semi-final in Perth.

The only charges laid were against Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell and St Kilda's Dean Polo for making negligent contact with umpires.

Both players can accept $900 fines.

Lewis had been booked for engaging in rough conduct against Geelong's Joel Selwood during the second quarter of last Friday's qualifying final at the MCG.

The panel judged there was no forceful high contact and the bumping action was not unreasonable.

Any tribunal charge would have spelt trouble for Lewis who had 50 carry-over points and a 20 per cent loading from a two-match ban for headbutting Essendon's Angus Monfries in round 14.

In-form ruckman Mumford would have been a huge loss to the Swans had he been suspended, however the panel felt his heavy contact to the head of St Kilda's Ben McEvoy was not reportable.

"Mumford's action was seen as a legitimate attempt to spoil the ball and was not seen as a striking motion. No further action was taken," the panel said.

Wellingham elbowed LeCras back during the third quarter but the panel said the force wasn't sufficient to constitute a reportable offence.

The Collingwood forward also made high contact with a bump on West Coast's Waters during the third term but the force was again deemed low.

Laidler's heavy clash with Essendon's David Hille in the first quarter of Sunday's eliminator at the MCG involved contact to Hille's shoulder with minimal high contact, the panel said.

"The force used for the high contact was below that required to constitute a reportable offence," the panel said.

Laidler's front-on bump with Essendon's Jake Melksham in the third quarter was deemed "not unreasonable".

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