GEELONG superstar Patrick Dangerfield is free to play in the Easter Monday blockbuster against Hawthorn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after escaping suspension following a heated battle battle with Greater Western Sydney tagger Matt de Boer at GMHBA Stadium last Saturday.
The first incident in which Dangerfield collected de Boer with an elbow to the stomach, was assessed by Match Review Officer Michael Christian as intentional conduct with low impact to the body.
The force in the second motion in the same incident, where the Cat narrowly missed de Boer’s head with a swinging arm, was not deemed sufficient enough to constitute a charge.
The single $2,000 fine means Dangerfield remains in contention for the Brownlow medal.
Carlton midfielder Will Setterfield and North Melbourne’s Luke McDonald weren’t so lucky.
Setterfield has been hit with a two-game ban for his tackle that concussed emerging Gold Coast midfielder Wil Powell.
The incident, which saw Setterfield drive Powell’s head into the Metricon Stadium turf during the second-quarter of Sunday’s game, was graded as careless impact with high contact to the head.
Setterfield will miss games against the Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn if he accepts the ban.
McDonald, meanwhile, is set to miss just the Good Friday clash against Essendon for his spoiling attempt on Chayce Jones late in the opening term of last Saturday night’s game at Marvel Stadium.
Christian assessed the incident, which ruled the Adelaide youngster out for the remainder of the game, as careless conduct with medium impact to the head.
Brisbane young gun Eric Hipwood avoided punishment for an unfortunate incident in which his studs collected Essendon’s David Myers in the face.
Myers left the field with blood pouring from his nose as a result of the incident.
In other incidents deemed worthy of financial sanctions over round four:
- Geelong’s Esava Ratugolea was fined $2,000 for kicking Greater Western Sydney’s Shane Mumford in a ruck contest.
- Cats skipper Joel Selwood was hit with a $1,000 fine for making careless contact with an umpire.
- Essendon’s Tom Bellchambers was offered a $2,000 fine for striking Brisbane captain Dayne Zorko
- Richmond winger Kamdyn McIntosh can accept a $1,000 fine for a dangerous tackle on Port Adelaide star Ollie Wines
- Tigers spearhead Tom Lynch ($1,500) and Power duo Dan Houston ($1,000) and Dougal Howard ($1,000) have been fined for their roles in a melee during the Adelaide Oval clash.
- North Melbourne skipper Jack Ziebell has been fined $2,000 for rough conduct on Crows on-baller Brad Crouch.
- Kangaroos hard-nut Ben Cunnington can accept a $2,500 fine for making careless contact with an umpire.