Tiger miss at tribunal
YOUNG Richmond star Jack Graham will miss the Anzac Day eve clash with Melbourne at the MCG after the AFL Tribunal upheld his one-game ban.
AFL match review officer Michael Christian offered Graham the suspension for striking Brisbane’s Dayne Zorko in the third quarter of the Tigers’ 93-point win at the MCG.
The incident was classified as intentional conduct with low impact to the head. During an hour-long hearing last night, Richmond legal representative Sam Tovey argued the contact should be assessed as careless conduct, which would have resulted in a fine.
But the jury of Jason Johnson, Richard Loveridge and Wayne Henwood took just six minutes to dismiss the challenge. “Yes (I’m disappointed), but we accept the decision and we move on,” Graham said.
The Tigers brought out the big guns in their efforts to clear Graham, with Damien Hardwick on hand to give evidence.
The Tigers didn’t risk losing the midfielder to a longer ban with an unsuccessful tribunal visit, but the verdict did cost them a $10,000 fine that comes out of the club’s soft cap.
It also makes the premiership player with just nine AFL appearances ineligible for the AFL’s Rising Star award.