Suns face a fine mess CATS FAST-TRACK CALL ON SENIORS
GOLD Coast escaped any suspensions from last Saturday night’s wild brawl against Port Adelaide but nine players were handed $1500 fines.
However, there remains doubt they will be able to field an unchanged team for the final game of the year with the Swans in Sydney this Saturday.
Harley Bennell is unlikely to play after aggravating his troublesome calf during the warm-up, with scans yesterday confirming his season is almost certainly over.
The Suns sought AFL permission to make him the sub but it was too late. He played the game and was unable to be subbed-out when Luke Russell was taken off with a rib injury.
Danny Stanley is also likely to have played his last game of the year after injuring his hip flexor.
Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft said the news may be better for Russell, Clay Cameron – who was taken off with concussion – and Aaron Hall, who could not finish the game because of back spasms.
“I think Russell will be OK. Hall had the same issue a few weeks ago and was able to manage it through the week and get up for the game so he is a chance also,’’ Ashcroft said.
“Clay seemed OK after the game but he must still go THE fate of Geelong’s veterans will be revealed soon, after the Cats held a round of honest player meetings yesterday.
The Cats are in the process of fast-tracking the announcements of their outgoing veterans to give through the concussion protocols.’’ Ashcroft also suggested Trent McKenzie was pressing to make a surprise return from a hamstring injury.
The Suns had been sweating on the MRP’s findings into Tom Lynch’s grapple with the them a send-off match against Adelaide on Saturday. While Jimmy Bartel and Andrew Mackie are set to play on, the futures of Mathew Stokes, James Kelly, Steve Johnson and Corey Enright remain up the air. Power’s Cam O’Shea in the fight that erupted on the halftime siren.
While it was obvious that there would be a heavy financial penalty from the incident, there was some concern Lynch may face suspension for what appeared to be a punch. Lynch, Jarrod Garlett, Charlie Dixon, Brandon Matera, Cameron, Henry Schade, Bennell, Sean Lemmens and Touk Miller all received $1500 fines that can be reduced to $1000 with early guilty pleas.
Seven Power players, O’Shea, Hamish Hartlett, Matthew Lobbe, Jasper Pittard, Jarman Impey, Tom Jonas and Sam Gray received the same penalty.
The melee began when Port players Hartlett and Lobbe took offence at Matera’s tackle on Angus Monfries.
As they began to manhandle Matera, Lynch flew in to even the numbers and crashed through O’Shea.