Star Dragon suspended for tackle

May 21, 2024 4:49 pm in by
Bell Park will be missing star defender Ben Lloyd for three matches due to suspension. (Marcel Berens/Sports Media)

Bell Park will be without star defender Ben Lloyd for crucial meetings with reigning grand finalists Leopold and South Barwon after accepting a three-week suspension for a dangerous tackle in Saturday’s thrilling win over Newtown & Chilwell.

The third-quarter incident at Elderslie Reserve, which forced Eagle Jaxon Bruhn from the field with an AC joint injury, was classified by the AFL Barwon Match Review Panel as careless conduct, severe impact and body contact.

In addition to the match-ups with the Lions and Swans, the Dragons’ playing assistant coach will meet the Round 8 meeting with Grovedale.

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The former Geelong VFL player will be free to return for the Round 10 clash with Lara.

Bruhn will find out tomorrow if he needs surgery, but Newtown & Chilwell has told K rock FootbalI he will spend 10-12 weeks on the sidelines.

In the Bellarine, Portarlington will be missing former AFL player Jaryd Cachia for its meeting with Torquay.

He has accepted a one-match suspension for high contact/strike on Anglesea’s James Gray in the opening quarter of the Demons’ nine-point loss at Ellimatta Reserve.

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The MRP assessed the incident as intentional conduct, low impact and high contact, drawing a two-week suspension.

Accepting an early guilty plea has reduced this to one week.

It was better news for teammate Lachie Hart, whose strike on Roo Lachie Smith was downgraded to careless, allowing him to accept a reprimand.

Due to insufficient evidence, Anglesea’s Jack Baker was not charged with an attempted strike on an unknown Portarlington player.

Torquay’s Tom Grace has accepted a one-week suspension for a dangerous tackle on Queenscliff’s Callum Taylor in the Tigers’ win at the Couta Bowl.

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The incident was assessed as careless conduct, medium impact, and high contact. A two-week suspension was reduced to one match with an early guilty plea.

Fellow Tiger Tom Diamond had his report for a late bump on Couta Zac Henderson withdrawn, with the MRP deeming a downfield free kick appropriate.

A tackle on Geelong Amateur star Tom Gribble by an unknown Drysdale opponent was looked at, but the MRP found insufficient evidence to lay a charge.

In the Newcomb-Ocean Grove reserve grade clash, Grubber James Devine has escaped with a reprimand for kicking an opponent.

The MRP found the incident to be careless conduct, low impact, and contact with the body.

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In the GDFNL, Inverleigh’s Paddy Bourke has no case to answer for an incident late in the win over Geelong West at West Oval that left Giant Gus Fraatz concussed.

The MRP deemed the contact as incidental.

Teammate Casey Meehan is also in the clear for a fend-off on Tom Jenkins in the opening term, with there being insufficient evidence.

Three incidents were looked at from Belmont Lions’ drought-breaking win at Victoria Park over Bannockburn.

Lion Shaun McNamara has accepted a reprimand with an early guilty plea for high contact with Tiger Bailey Kelly, with the incident assessed as a low-level offence.

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Kelly and teammate Jed Evens were cleared of rough/high contact and excessive force, respectively.

A high bump by an unknown Corio player on Thomson’s Caleb Eden was looked at but not acted on due to insufficient evidence.

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