The Courier-Mail

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.

 ??  ?? POWER PUNCH-UP: Gold Coast Suns and Port Ade­laide play­ers wres­tle on Satur­day night af­ter a fight broke out at half­time at Metricon Sta­dium.
POWER PUNCH-UP: Gold Coast Suns and Port Ade­laide play­ers wres­tle on Satur­day night af­ter a fight broke out at half­time at Metricon Sta­dium.

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