TAYLOR Walker’s season could be over, with the Adelaide skipper offered a two-match ban for his sling tackle that knocked out Greater Western Sydney star Josh Kelly.
Walker was adjudged to have slung Kelly into the ground with excessive force during the third-quarter of Saturday’s night match in Canberra, with the tackle graded by Match Review Officer Michael Christian as careless conduct with high impact to the head.
Christian’s assessment triggered a two-game suspension, which is set to rule Walker out of the Crows’ final two home-and-away matches against North Melbourne and Carlton.
Elsewhere, Kangaroos forward Jarrad Waite was offered a fine for his high bump on Western Bulldog Jackson Trengove.
Waite caught Trengove high and late in the opening term of Sunday’s clash at Etihad Stadium, but was only hit with a $3,000 penalty after the incident was assessed by Christian as careless conduct with low impact to the head.
Roos midfielder Trent Dumont was fined $2,000 for rough conduct on Ed Richards in the same match, while Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris was also offered a $2,000 fine for tripping Jy Simpkin.
Sydney on-baller Dan Hannebery was fined $1,500 for striking Melbourne’s James Harmes in Sunday’s contest at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, while Demons young gun Clayton Oliver was fined $1,000 for making careless contact with an umpire.
Port Adelaide’s Aidyn Johnson was fined $2,000 for rough conduct against West Coast defender Tom Cole.
Meanwhile, Geelong champion Gary Ablett, who was accused of diving by sections of the media during the first term of last Saturday’s loss to Hawthorn at the MCG, has avoided a fine.
Collingwood midfielder Levi Greenwood was cleared of any wrongdoing for making contact with an injured player for an incident involving Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko. It was the view of the MRO that contact made by Greenwood was negligible and that the Magpie was not aware of any potential injury to Zorko.
St Kilda defender Nathan Brown had already been referred straight to the AFL Tribunal for his late bump that concussed Essendon speedster Adam Saad during the opening stanza of last Friday night’s game at Etihad, while Bombers defender Cale Hooker had already accepted a $1,500 sanction for misconduct against Daniel McKenzie.
Brown’s tribunal hearing will take place on Tuesday night.