GWS and Fremantle are weighing up whether to go to the AFL Appeals Board in bids to clear key players from suspension ahead of games that could make or break their respective finals chances.
On a busy Tuesday night at the tribunal, Giants star Toby Greene and Dockers midfielder Andrew Brayshaw were both handed one-match bans, while Essendon’s Mason Redman had a suspension for rough conduct downgraded to a financial sanction.
Greene was initially offered a two-match suspension by match review officer Michael Christian for his elbow to Patrick Dangerfield’s throat in an apparent fend-off gone wrong.
Greene was booked for striking the Geelong champion, with the incident assessed as careless conduct, high impact and high contact.
He successfully had the impact level downgraded to medium but was unable to convince the jury his action was “instinctive, natural and reasonable”.
If the suspension stands, Greene will miss the Giants’ meeting with Richmond on Friday night.
Eighth-placed GWS are just two points clear of a chasing pack of four clubs – Essendon, Richmond, St Kilda and Fremantle – with two home-and-away rounds left to play.
“We believe we presented a strong case,” GWS general manager of football Jason McCartney said.
“Pleasingly, it was acknowledged that the impact was only medium, but we are still disappointed in the overall assessment tonight.
“We have the avenue to appeal, so we will consider aspects of the judgement.”
Brayshaw was charged with intentionally making “unnecessary or unreasonable contact” to the eye region of Brisbane’s Jarrod Berry.
The tribunal rejected the 21-year-old’s evidence that his contact to Berry’s face in a tackle was careless rather than intentional.
Brayshaw now faces the prospect of missing the Dockers’ derby clash with West Coast at Optus Stadium on Sunday.
“We’re disappointed with the result of tonight’s tribunal hearing,” Fremantle executive general manager of football Peter Bell said.
“There are mechanisms by which we can appeal, so overnight we’ll take some advice on that and make a decision on it by tomorrow.”
Fremantle are 12th and need to win both their final two games to have any chance of making the finals.
GWS and Fremantle will make decisions on their prospective appeals on Wednesday morning.