Geelong captain Joel Selwood heads a group of key players from teams in AFL finals contention anxiously awaiting Monday’s findings by the match review panel.
Selwood’s “chicken-wing” tackle on North Melbourne’s Sam Wright drew criticism from several prominent observers, including his predecessor as Cats skipper, Cameron Ling, who predicted a suspension of one or two weeks.
“I do not like seeing that at all,” Ling told Channel Seven.
“The risk of injury there is super high on Sam Wright.”
Recently-retired Carlton great Chris Judd received a four-match ban for a chicken-wing tackle on North Melbourne’s Leigh Adams back in 2012, although that incident was more serious as Judd was not involved in the initial tackle.
In-form Collingwood onballer Taylor Adams can expect to be sanctioned for repeatedly kneeing Port Adelaide’s Justin Westhoff in the head during Thursday night’s clash at Adelaide Oval.
Adams drew the ire of Port’s recently retired games-record holder Kane Cornes.
“Have yourself a holiday Taylor. Disgraceful,” tweeted Cornes.
Richmond ruck-forward Ty Vickery also looks to be in trouble after his off-the-ball bump on Michael Jamison resulted in a head clash which concussed the Carlton fullback.
Vickery has an existing bad record having been suspended twice last season, meaning he will incur an extra week’s ban if found guilty of rough conduct against Jamison.
Red-hot Brownlow Medal favourite Nat Fyfe will also have his high spoil on Hawk Taylor Duryea scrutinised by the MRP, although he’s likely to face no bigger sanction than a fine, at worst.
Fyfe’s forearm made contact with Duryea’s face, but the Hawthorn utility was unhurt.
St Kilda’s 35-point loss to GWS on Sunday all but snuffed out their slim finals chances and they could well be without ruckman Billy Longer for next weekend’s clash with Richmond.
Longer was booked for a late hit on Lachie Whitfield.
Melbourne utility Jeremy Howe could also be cited for a sling tackle which concussed Essendon’s Alex Browne.
The luckless Browne was playing his first senior game in more than two years.