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Kerr's medal hopes dashed

By Adam Cooper 21/05/2007 11:11:56 PM Comments (0)

Daniel Kerr's Brownlow Medal chances are dashed, the West Coast star accepting a two-game suspension for a high, front-on bump on Melbourne's Cameron Bruce.

Kerr was reported by two umpires for making forceful front-on contact, and that penalty was adjusted to three games given his bad record.

Kerr's one-game suspension in 2006 for striking Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell below the belt ruled him ineligible for last year's Brownlow count and also came back to haunt him, as it increased his demerit points to over 300.

Kerr began round eight as the third favourite for the Brownlow behind his captain Chris Judd and Port Adelaide's Chad Cornes, having finished runner-up in 2005 and polling the third-highest votes tally last year despite being ineligible.

Four betting agencies said punters had put an estimated combined $70,000 on the 24-year-old to win this year's award, which is considered a solid show of support at this stage of the season.

Some agencies suspended betting on the medal, while others removed Kerr from their list.

Fremantle will challenge their club's latest suspension - a one-game ban imposed on midfielder Josh Carr for an off-the-ball strike on Geelong's Steve Johnson at Skilled Stadium on Saturday.

The Dockers already have the worst disciplinary record of any club this season, as six players - Jeff Farmer, Michael Johnson, Steven Dodd, Dean Solomon, Matthew Carr and Heath Black - have been suspended for a combined 14 games across the AFL, the pre-season competition and the WAFL.

Several other Dockers, including captain Matthew Pavlich and Des Headland, who was cleared of striking Adam Selwood in the infamous sledging case, have been reported but escaped suspension.

Josh Carr's strike brought 125 demerit points, but his bad record - three games suspended in the last three years and 25 demerit points held over - boosted his total to 187.50 points.

Fremantle play St Kilda on Friday night in a crunch game for both sides.

The panel has taken a harsh approach to players who bump opponents high from front-on, as Geelong's Mathew Stokes and Johnson were both suspended for four games during the pre-season.

Sydney co-captain Brett Kirk was also charged with making front-on contact, on Cornes at the SCG, but can escape with a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his record with an early guilty plea.

The Swans are yet to decide whether to accept or challenge the panel's verdict.

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