Martin’s on knife edge now

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - AN­DREW HAMIL­TON

DUSTIN Martin will have to learn to turn the other cheek to the next Nick Robert­son who nig­gles him or risk jeop­ar­dis­ing his Brown­low Medal chances.

The bril­liant Tigers mid­fielder ( above) col­lected a cer­tain three Brown­low votes and $ 2500 in fines out of Sun­day’s 31- point vic­tory over the Lions.

He was an un­stop­pable force on Eti­had Sta­dium but was also sucked into a run­ning bat­tle with Bris­bane Lions tag­ger Robert­son.

He is con­sid­ered the main chal­lenger to Patrick Danger­field for this year’s medal and Tigers fans’ hearts must have been in their throats when he de­liv­ered a swing­ing left arm to Robert­son that left him with a lump above his eye.

It was con­sid­ered low- im­pact and high but as he con­nected with an open hand it was not de­ter­mined to be a strike.

He re­mains el­i­gi­ble for the Brown­low but is now walk­ing a tightrope af­ter he was slapped with two fines which means he faces an au­to­matic sus­pen­sion if he com­mits a third low- level of­fence in the last six rounds.

Martin re­ceived a $ 1500 fine from the match re­view panel for mak­ing un­nec­es­sary con­tact to the face of Robert­son and was also fined $ 1000 for rough con­duct against Lewis Tay­lor in a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent.

Robert­son came off sec­ond best on Sun­day and again in yes­ter­day’s re­view ses­sion.

He was of­fered with a one­match sus­pen­sion for head­but­ting Rich­mond cap­tain Trent Cotchin and was also fined $ 1500 for knee­ing Martin.

Mel­bourne will be with­out Bernie Vince for two games af­ter the mid­fielder was rubbed out for strik­ing Ade­laide’s Ed­die Betts. He also copped a $ 1000 fine for bump­ing Richard Dou­glas.

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