RICHMOND midfielder Jack Graham will miss the club’s Anzac Day eve clash with Melbourne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after unsuccessfully challenging his one-game suspension for striking at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.
The premiership Tiger was charged with striking star Brisbane midfielder Dayne Zorko during the third quarter of Richmond’s 86-point victory at the MCG last Saturday.
Graham went to bump Zorko, but hit him high with his right arm just after the Lion had launched a clearing kick, with Match Review Officer Michael Christian assessing Graham’s conduct as intentional with low impact to the head.
The South Australian’s legal representative, Sam Tovey, argued his client’s action was careless rather than intentional.
But, Tribunal jury members Wayne Henwood, Jason Johnson and Richard Loveridge deliberated for just six minutes before upholding Graham’s suspension.
“We just accept the decision and move on,” said Graham.
Graham is now ineligible for this year’s Rising Star award, having been equal sixth favourite with Crownbet at $17 on Monday afternoon.