JOEL SELWOOD OFFERED 3 MATCH SUSPENSION
FOR STRIKING BRENT GUERRA Ben Jensen 13 June 2011
By Ben Jensen
OUT OF BROWNLOW RUNNING JOEL SELWOOD has been cited for striking
by the AFL Match Review Panel following Geelong's thrilling win over
Hawthorn on Saturday night at the MCG. Selwood and Brent Guerra clashed
on the wing towards the end of the match some distance from the ball,
with Guerra, for once, coming off second best. It is believed Guerra's
testimony to AFL investigators today led to the charge
being laid. Guerra's
eardrum was perforated by the incident. Selwood will miss 3 matches
if he pleads guilty and obviously be ineligible for the Brownlow Medal.
The MRP assessed
the incident as as intentional conduct (3 points), high impact (3 points)
and high contact (2 points) drawing 425 demerit points and a 4-match
sanction. With a clean record so far Selwood is eligible for a 25% reduction
in the sanction to 318.75 points with a guilty plea, a 3 game ban with
18.75 points carried over.
Guerra himself has been cleared for high contact with
Selwood also in the final quarter. Guerra was deemed to have stood his
ground as Selwood came in low to try and gather the ball. Guerra was
judged to have not moved forward with no alternative than standing his
It is Selwood's first suspension of his career, which
so far has spanned 104 games since debuting in the Cats' groundbreaking
Hawthorns Brent Guerra after an investigation on Monday has
helped the match review panel charge Geelong star Joel Selwood with
a level-five striking offence, which incurs a four-week sanction.
Selwood can accept a three-week ban with an early plea.
The panel relied
on testimony supplied by Guerra as well as video evidence and a medical
report from Hawthorn in reaching their decision.
a perforated eardrum following the incident causing issues with his
balance and hearing but the club is monitoring his progress, confirming
he has improved significantly over the past 24 hours.
The incident was
assessed as intentional conduct (three points), high impact (three
points) and high contact (two points) drawing 425 demerit points and
a four-match sanction.
Selwood has no
existing good or bad record and an early guilty plea reduces the sanction
by 25 per cent to 318.75 points and a three-match ban.
If Selwood accepts
the ban he will be ineligible for the Brownlow Medal.
Selwood is the
only player facing a ban from the seven matches assessed in round
12 so far.
GEELONG: Podsiadly, Kelly, Enright, Chapman, Selwood, Johnson HAWTHORN: Mitchell, Franklin, Shiels, Sewell, Rioli, Lewis
GEELONG: Nil HAWTHORN: Max Bailey (cork) replaced in the selected side by
Lady Brent Renouf
GEELONG: Nil HAWTHORN: Young (hamstring), Roughead (Achilles), Guerra (cheekbone)
UMPIRES: Farmer, Findlay, McBurney CROWD: 63,476 at MCG, Melbourne