NORTH Melbourne star Ben Cunnington is breathing a sigh of relief after escaping punishment for yet another striking action against Essendon young gun Zach Merrett.

NORTH Melbourne star Ben Cunnington is walking a tribunal tightrope.

Cunnington was facing the possibility of a trip to the AFL Tribunal with another sanction for striking this season, having already racked up a total of $15,500 worth of fines this year.

However, his hit to the side of Merrett during the second term of Saturday afternoon’s five-point loss at Marvel Stadium was not deemed worthy of punishment by Match Review Officer Michael Christian.

The news wasn’t so good for Sydney youngster Jordan Dawson and Gold Coast midfielder Anthony Miles.

Dawson will miss the Swans’ clash against Fremantle at Optus Stadium, with his bump to the head of emerging Carlton on-baller Paddy Dow attracting a one-game suspension.

Dow had to undergo a concussion test as a result of the bump, which was graded by Christian as careless conduct with medium impact to the head.

Miles will miss the Suns’ encounter with the Blues, with his bump on Adelaide’s Riley Knight during the third-quarter of Saturday evening’s match at Metricon Stadium also earning a one-game sanction.

Miles’ off-the-ball bump on Knight was assessed by the MRO as careless conduct with medium impact to the head.

A total of five players were fined for incidents in round 17:

  • Sydney speedster Zak Jones fined $1,500 for striking Carlton’s Darcy Lang.
  • North Melbourne’s Kayne Turner fined $3,000 for striking Essendon star Dylan Shiel
  • Port Adelaide’s Cam Sutcliffe fined $2,000 for striking Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko
  • Lion Josh Walker fined $2,000 for rough conduct on Power star Travis Boak

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