GOLD Coast co-captain Tom Lynch is free to play in the club’s season-opener against North Melbourne at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns on Saturday March 24 after escaping a ban for his high hit on Brisbane hard nut Mitch Robinson.
Lynch clipped Robinson during the third term of last Saturday’s JLT Community Series match at Southport as the football was in dispute.
The superstar forward was charged with engaging in rough conduct, with the incident assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head.
With an early plea, Lynch can accept a $2,000 fine.
Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy is free to play in the round one match against Hawthorn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after he was offered a $2,000 fine for engaging in rough conduct against Western Bulldogs sharpshooter Tory Dickson for a bump in the second quarter of last Saturday’s contest in Moe that was graded as careless conduct with low impact to the head.
Dickson reported a sore jaw, but played out the match.
Hawthorn utility Jarman Impey has been offered a $1,500 fine for head-butting Carlton defender Jed Lamb in the third term of last Saturday’s match in Launceston.
Impey’s action was classified as misconduct, which draws a $2,500 sanction for a first offence, but can be reduced with an early guilty plea.
Meanwhile, Essendon small forward Josh Green is set to become just the fifth player ever to be found guilty of staging after he was offered a $1,000 fine for an incident late in the Bombers’ clash against Geelong in Colac last Sunday.
Josh Green wasn’t too happy with the attention he got from Mitch Duncan. pic.twitter.com/fCVaOH3miD
— AFL (@AFL) March 11, 2018
Cats midfielder Mitch Duncan gave Green a light bump to the shoulder region in the closing stages of the match, before the former Lion threw his head back and fell to the ground while holding his chin.
The AFL introduced staging as an offence ahead of the 2010 season. Former Essendon speedster Leroy Jetta was the first to be found guilty of the act in 2012.
Then-Melbourne defender Lynden Dunn and ex-Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley were also successfully charged with staging that year, while North Melbourne veteran Jarrad Waite was the last to be charged for staging, when he was at Carlton in 2014.