AFL panel clear Lewis, Chapman for tackles

Hawthorn midfielder Jordan Lewis and Geelong utility Paul Chapman will play in their teams’ massive AFL clashes after the match review panel cleared them of tackling incidents.

Lewis conceded a free kick after he tackled Sydney opponent Luke Parker to the ground in the first term of Saturday’s match at the SCG.

The panel ruled that the force Lewis used was below what was needed for a charge to be laid.

Chapman also took Western Bulldogs defender Dylan Addison with a tackle on Sunday at Skilled Stadium, but again the panel ruled in his favour.

“Chapman takes Addison to ground in a slinging action and his weight lands on his opponent,” the panel ruled.

“Based on the medical report and the available footage, the panel could not be satisfied there was forceful high contact made.”

Hawthorn play West Coast on Friday night at the MCG and Geelong host Sydney on Saturday at Skilled Stadium.

There is plenty riding on the two games, with the Hawks claiming top spot if they win.

West Coast are fourth and must beat Hawthorn to ensure they keep the double chance for the finals.

Similarly, Sydney are second on the same number of wins as Hawthorn and third-placed Adelaide, while Geelong are sixth and aiming to host an elimination final.

Depending on the results, every position in the top eight could change depending on the round-23 results.

Port Adelaide’s Brett Ebert, Melbourne utility Colin Garland and teammate Rohan Bail can accept reprimands for their charges.

Ebert was booked for striking Brisbane’s Daniel Rich, while Garland was charged with rough conduct against Adelaide ruck-forward Kurt Tippett.

Bail is also facing a rough conduct charge against Crow Michael Doughty.

Richmond midfielder Shane Edwards was booked on Friday night for striking Essendon forward Angus Monfries, but the panel ruled the charge should not go ahead.

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