NORTH Melbourne will challenge skipper Jack Ziebell’s one-game ban for kneeing Richmond’s Reece Conca during last Sunday’s clash at Etihad Stadium.
The opening term incident occurred when Ziebell tackled the Tiger to the ground, lifted him slightly before dumping him back down, at which time his knee made contact with the side of Conca’s head.
Match Review Officer Michael Christian assessed Ziebell’s action as intentional with low impact and high contact.
Hawthorn firebrand James Sicily missed one match for kneeing Geelong captain Joel Selwood in round two.
Christian said there was no place for ‘kneeing in our game’.
“It’s more about the weight and force of the blow,” said Christian.
“I believe there was intent to drop the left knee into his head, and certainly the force of the blow was amplified by the fact his right leg was off the ground, which meant the full bodyweight of Jack was into Reece Conca.”
“Looking at all the full vision, that is our ruling, that it is intentional.”
“And, of course, North Melbourne and Jack Ziebell, like every other player has the right to go the tribunal if they see fit.”
As previously reported on Sports Central, Blues brothers Ed and Charlie Curnow are also headed to the AFL Tribunal on separate charges of making intentional contact with an umpire.
Ed Curnow was charged after pushing umpire Nathan Williams slightly in the chest during the third-quarter of Carlton’s 13-point win over Essendon at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last Saturday, while younger brother Charlie made slight contact with umpire Matt Stevic’s chest later in the same term as he attempted to break up a scuffle between team mate Jed Lamb and Bomber Mark Baguley.
Meanwhile, eight players have accepted sanctions from incidents arising from round eight matches:
- Greater Western Sydney spearhead Jeremy Cameron has accepted a $2,000 fine for kneeing West Coast defender Will Schofield
- Carlton young gun Patrick Cripps is $1,000 lighter in the hip pocket after accepting his sanction for making careless contact with an umpire
- Blues forward Jed Lamb will dish out $1,000 after accepting his sanction for misconduct against Baguley
- Fremantle tagger Bailey Banfield will cough up $1,000 for a first-offence of wrestling with St Kilda star Jack Steven
- Steven has accepted the same sanction for a first-offence of wrestling with Banfield
- Saint Jade Gresham has accepted a $1,000 sanction for making careless contact with an umpire
- North Melboure veteran Jarrad Waite will have $2,000 less in his bank account after accepting his sanction for striking Richmond youngster Jack Higgins
- Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams has accepted a $1,500 sanction for misconduct against Geelong forward James Parsons