GEELONG'S MAX ROOKE GIVEN ONE MATCH SUSPENSION BY
AFL MATCH REVIEW PANEL
Ben Jensen 11 June 2007
By Ben Jensen GEELONG hard nut
Max Rooke, the Cat formerly known as Jarad, has been cited by the AFL
Match Review Panel for his head on bump to Adelaide Crows Captain Mark
Ricciuto in yesterday's win at AAMI Stadium. Rooke, who missed nearly
the first two months of the season with injury and returned in Round
8 against Fremantle, is renowned for going hard at the ball, and on
this occasion may pay the penalty. Geelong must advise the AFL within
24 hours if it accepts the charge or will take the matter to the AFL
Tribunal, which has been unusually player-friendly in recent months.
SHOULD Rooke indeed be suspended, fellow gritty defender
David Johnson is in line to replace him as the tagger - defender of
choice for the clash with Brisbane. Johnson has a calf strain and was
due to return this weekend, but otherwise may have found it difficult
to force his way into the top of the ladder AFL side.
AFL Media Release:
Max Rooke, Geelong, has been charged with bumping
or making forceful contact from front-on against Mark Ricciuto, Adelaide,
during the third quarter of the Round Eleven match between Geelong
and Adelaide, played at AAMI Stadium on Sunday June 10, 2007.
In summary, his existing good record enables him to
accept a one-game sanction.
The incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one
point), medium impact (two points) and high contact (two points).
This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification
of a Level Two offence, drawing 250 demerit points and a two-match
sanction. He has an existing five-year good record, subject to confirmation
tomorrow (Tuesday) by AFL Victoria of his VFL record, which reduces
the penalty by 25 per cent to 187.52 points and a one-match sanction.
An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 140.63 points
and a one-match sanction.
CATS BY A WHISKER, EARN HARD FOUGHT WIN IN ADELAIDE,
HIT TOP OF AFL LADDER
shot past the West Coast Eagles to the top of the AFL Ladder with their
second win in Adelaide in a fortnight, defeating the Adelaide Crows
by nine points in a very physical, defensive low scoring match in front
of just over 43,000. The Cats struggled in the first quarter, and were
fortunate to be just eight points behind. In the second quarter Geelong
had more of the ball but were inaccurate in front of goal, kicking two
goals and nine behinds, including three rushed scores by the Crows,
but drew level at half time. In the third quarter Geelong shot to an
early lead but Adelaide returned fire and the difference was just one
behind in favour of the Cats at the final break. The Cats lost the lead
briefly but with the final two goals of the match held on to win by
seven points, confirming their top place on the ladder and thrilling
the small but vocal group of supporters at AAMI Stadium.
GEELONG 2.2 (14) 4.11 (35) 7.13
(55) 9.16 (69) DEFEATED
ADELAIDE 3.4 (22) 5.5 (35) 8.6 (54) 9.8 (62)
GEELONG: Mooney 3, Ling 2, Stokes, S Johnson, Kelly, Ottens
ADELAIDE: McGregor 3, Van Berlo 2, Stevens, Thompson, Bock, Stiffy
GEELONG: Bartel, G. Ablett, Enright, Corey, Mackie, Harley, Milburn,
ADELAIDE: Thompson, van Berlo, Bassett, Edwards, McLeod, Knights,
VFL - CATS KEEP TOP SPOT, BUT LOSE TO
WERRIBEE 6.6 9.10 12.15 15.17
GEELONG 3.4 5.9 5.17 12.20 (92)
WERRIBEE: Podsiadly 4 Robbins 4 Barham 2 Lynch Hill McDougall
GEELONG: Byrnes 2 Byrne 2 Djerrkura 2 Gardiner 2 Playfair 2 Davenport
WERRIBEE: Pask Barham Robbins Rockefeller Castello Podsiadly.
GEELONG: Selwood Prismall Callan Gardiner Byrnes Playfair
MAX ROOKE IN 2005
MAX ROOKE ACCEPT THE ONE MATCH SUSPENSION, OR ROLL THE DICE AND RISK
OF 4/6/2007 GEELONG HAD 29,002 MEMBERS, UP
333 (1.2%) FROM 28,669 MEMBERS LAST WEEK (28/5/2007). TARGET:
32,291 (3,289 TO GO)
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