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Hawks yet to decide on Brown appeal

By Guy Hand and Tim Clarke 25/02/2008 08:13:12 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn will decide on Tuesday whether to take Campbell Brown's case to the AFL Tribunal as the Hawks' suspension horrors deepened before Saturday night's pre-season cup semi-final against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

Brown received a two-match ban for charging Carlton's No.1 draft pick Matthew Kreuzer during the last term of their pre-season quarter-final on Saturday night at Telstra Dome.

The ban could carry into round one of the regular season and Hawks officials are reviewing the case.

As the charge stands, the Hawks hard man will miss this weekend and also the NAB Cup final if they were to beat the Crows, or round one of the regular season if they lose this weekend.

If Brown were to miss round one, he would join Luke Hodge, Shane Crawford and Jordan Lewis on the sidelines - all of whom are serving carry-over suspensions from last season.

But Brown's teammate Lance Franklin and Carlton duo Kade Simpson and Jarrad Waite were luckier.

Wrestling reports against Franklin and Simpson were thrown out, while Waite was charged with striking Hawthorn's Tim Clarke but has been offered a reprimand rather than a ban.

Hawthorn youngster Josh Kennedy and Port Adelaide's Tom Logan also had match-day reports thrown out by the panel.

Meanwhile, the AFL's pre-season curse hit West Coast, with emerging key position player Mitch Brown needing a full knee reconstruction following Saturday's pre-season match against Collingwood.

On the same Albany outing where Magpies youngster Brad Dick was ruled out for the year with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, Brown was found to have exactly the same injury.

A club statement said he would undergo surgery later this week.

"Brown hyper-extended his left knee during the third quarter of that game and his worst fears were realised upon visiting surgeons this afternoon," the statement said.

"He ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will undergo surgery on Friday."

Recruited from North Ballarat with the club's first selection (No.16) in the 2006 AFL draft, the injury comes at an unfortunate time for the 19 year-old, having emerged strongly in the Eagles' pre-season.

And Brown's injury, almost certain to have ended his season, is the latest in a rash of ACL injuries to strike several clubs in a brutal start to 2008.

Fremantle onballer Paul Hasleby, Adelaide ruckman Rhett Biglands, Sydney defender Nick Malceski and young teammate Kristen Thornton have all needed the dreaded "reco", ruling them out for 2008.

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