Tiger miss at tri­bunal

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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.

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