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”.
Meantime, the Dockers are considering their next move, after the tribunal ruled that Brayshaw intentionally made unreasonable contact to the eye region of Lions opponent Jarrod Berry during Sunday’s match.
If a further appeal is not forthcoming, or is unsuccessful, Brayshaw will be absent for the upcoming derby against West Coast.
The young midfielder is a key to Fremantle breaking an 11 game losing streak against West Coast, having not tasted success across their cross town rivals since Round 3, 2015