Trade Period Final Week: Day 3 Wrap – Stevens deal done; Adelaide reaches Tipping point

 

Koby Stevens became a Bulldog today, but the news barely registered a blip on the radar as Adelaide dropped a Tippett bombshell.

In a day marred with controversy, there was still some action to be had on the trade tables as we countdown with two days remaining in the 2012 trade period.

The AFL has launched an official investigation into Adelaide’s last contract with on-the-move forward Kurt Tippett after the Crows board revealed they had come forward last Friday and confessed to a possible issue of draft tampering and outside compensation in Tippett’s 2010-2012 contract.

Crows chairman Rob Chapman said today “it was the right thing to do – we’ll take whatever comes out of it” as the Tippett saga seems set to drag on for at least another day before something eventuates.

The revelation explains why a move that seemed close to completion with Tippett’s preferred destination – the Sydney Swans, who reportedly offered pick 23 (their first round draft pick) and forward Jesse White fell through at the final hour last Friday.

Much now hangs on the results of the AFL’s investigation, with Tippett’s future and a trade with the Swans now teetering on the edge.

In more concrete news, a deal was finally done with West Coast midfielder Koby Stevens, returning home to Victoria to his preferred new home at the Western Bulldogs for their pick 44. The deal comes at just the right time as the Bulldogs prepare to depart for London for an exhibition match with Port Adelaide.

The Eagles however were still steadfast in their desire to retain contracted defender Mitch Brown, again refusing any trade that involved young Saint Jamie Cripps.

On the North Melbourne front, there was barely any news despite the seemingly large number of movements rumoured to be in the works. They did not acquire Port Adelaide defender Ben Jacobs after the Power baulked at the offer of a second round pick.

Matt Campbell, Cruize Garlett and especially Cam Pedersen remain in limbo – the first two without any news and the latter without enough able to be offered from his preferred new destination, Melbourne, to get the deal done. Pick 49 is on the table and the ball is in the Kangaroos’ court as to whether that will be enough as we close in on the 2pm Friday deadline.

One of Melbourne’s big men, Stefan Martin, also has his future up in the air after no information came out after his meeting with the Brisbane Lions on Tuesday.

Finally, Hawthorn defender Stephen Gilham seems very likely to move either to Greater Western Sydney, to add experience and depth to their young line-up (especially after losing young key-position prospect Jack Hombsch to the Power yesterday) or to St Kilda if they indeed cannot secure Brown from West Coast, but no offers are believed to have been tabled.

Join BigFooty News tomorrow for the latest on the Tippett drama and for all confirmed trade news. With such a quiet week so far and so many deals still on the table, we await the countdown to the final feeding frenzy.

Completed Trades:

Western Bulldogs traded second round draft pick (#44) to West Coast for Koby Stevens

 

 

Hell of a Year: Melbourne 2012 Season Review

It couldn’t get much worse  for Melbourne in 2012. The death of Jim Stynes, the Aaron Davey-Mark Neeld-Jason Mifsud racism scandal, EnergyWatch, the Liam Jurrah issues as well as a terrible year onfield all combined to produce one of the worst rides for supporters of any side in recent history.

What’s worse is that sitting here right now, there’s not much hope to build on. Yet.

2012 started badly and just got worse. Melbourne’s four wins consisted of three victories over GWS and the Gold Coast, as well as the Round 10 upset over Essendon. Their injury toll was supreme on top of this. Mitch Clark, Mark Jamar, Clint Bartram, Davey, Jurrah and Colin Sylvia were all key names who missed significant game time due to injury; fringe players also suffered a massive toll.

Furthermore, with the change in coach at the end of the 2011 season, there were players that struggled severely even when they were in the side for whatever reason. Brent Moloney, Davey, Jamar and Ricky Petterd all barely produced when they got onto the field. Neeld ultimately was stuck  with a terrible situation where he was forced to give games to underperforming players just because so few players were actually playing well.

Those that played well, however, were superb. Nathan Jones is quietly going about becoming a midfield star, as his gruntwork and contested ball goes to the elite level. Jeremy Howe deserves Mark of the Year through sheer number of entries (at time of writing, he had eight entries into the three-options selection on the AFL website this season), but his ball use through the midfield has improved significantly as well. Mitch Clark is a revelation at full-forward and deserving of the money Melbourne are paying him. And a kid named Tom McDonald is slowly but steadily becoming another piece of a quality Melbourne defence, reading the play superbly.

Ladder position: 16th
Percentage: 67.49%

Draft picks: 3, 4, 13, 26, 45, 64, 82

Free Agents available: Brent Moloney (Restricted), Matthew Bate, Lynden Dunn, Jared Rivers, Brad Green

Needs to pick up: Probably better to list what Melbourne don’t need and go from there. But critical is further class through the midfield to help out Jones, probably in the form of multiple players. A couple of  forwards to crumb around the feet of Clark and offer another marking option would work wonders as well.

Expectations for 2013: The good thing for Melbourne supporters is it should get better. Improvement will come. 2013 is probably unlikely to see dramatic improvement though. 5-6 wins.

Lewis gets off and Dees duo get reprimand – Match Review Panel Report Round 22

Jordan Lewis. Photo – http://www.flickr.com/photos/themalones/

Hawthorn hardman Jordan Lewis doesn’t have a case to answer after being cleared by the AFL’s Match Review Panel for a heavy tackle on Sydney Swan Luke Parker during the first quarter of the Hawks seven-point win at the SCG on Saturday Afternoon.

The Match Review Panel declared that the tackle was not a reportable offence, due to the force of the tackle being insufficient. Lewis is now free to play this Friday Night against the West Coast Eagles at the MCG.

In other cases assessed, Melbourne duo Colin Garland and Rohan Bail were charged with level one engaging in rough conduct offences against Kurt Tippett and Michael Doughty respectively, but both can accept a reprimand with an early plea.

Port Adelaide’s Brett Ebert has been charged with a level two striking offence against Brisbane Lions midfielder Daniel Rich during the final quarter of Saturday’s match at AAMI Stadium. Due to a five-year good record, Ebert can accept a reprimand with an early plea.

Other incidents assessed were the match day report against Tiger Shane Edwards for striking Essendon’s Angus Monfries, contact between Saint Jarryn Geary and GWS Giants co-captain Phil Davis, contact between Gold Coast’s Campbell Brown and Carlton’s Brock McLean and more contact between Cat Paul Chapman and Bulldog Dylan Addison, but all of these were thrown out.

Crows Must Win Green’s Farewell

The Crows must beat the Demons to solidify a top four spot coming in to the finals.

 

WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Sunday August 26, 4.40pm

LAST TIME: Melbourne 22.17 (149) d Adelaide 8.5 (53), round 7, 2011, at MCG

After being virtually assured a home final in the first week of the finals this September, the stakes now couldn’t be higher for Adelaide after a shock loss to the Brisbane Lions last weekend. They will now need to win their last two games comfortably and hope results go their way with the other top 4 contenders to get there.

As far as the Demons are concerned, the ending of the season hopefully means brighter things. After talk of possibly somehow receiving the 2012 wooden spoon, they had a shock win over Essendon and did what they needed to against the expansion teams. Its been a season from hell in all other regards though.

Legend Jim Stynes passing, gun recruit Mitch Clark’s season ending injury and humiliating losses to lower end clubs are amongst a myriad of things red and blue fans have had to face this year.

A club veteran and fantastic servant, Brad Green, has announced this will be his final game of his AFL career. After 253 games and 348 goals it only seems fitting his 254th will be at the MCG. Footy fans will be hoping this gives the Demons the spark this game desperately needs.

Brad Green will play his 254th, and last, game at the MCG on Sunday. (Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtracorp)

It doesn’t look good on paper. Adelaide have been rampant this year. Ignore accusations of a soft draw; it has helped, but they have played some amazing football this season. Their midfield is terrifying and their forward line is a force to be reckoned with. The Crows have lost two important key defenders to expansion clubs, but Daniel Talia (likely Rising Star winner) and Ben Rutten have more than ably held down the spots.

The Crows will be hungry after last week’s loss and with a top four spot assured with a win this weekend it could get ugly.

Melbourne dropped core midfielder Brent Moloney last week after a series of poor performances and they will be hoping that if he comes back, he does so with fire in the belly. Firecracker Sam Blease and jumping Jeremy Howe have been regularly hitting the scoreboard in recent times, but the Demons will need their (admittedly thin stockwise) tall timber to assist if they are any chance.

The Demons form has definitely improved in the past month though, with all the key stats rising heavily. They are in the top half of the AFL for most of the important midfield and around-the-ground stats and in their two losses in that time period they have not been embarassed. Co-captains Jack Grimes and Jack Trengove are finally hitting their straps and despite a quiet game last weekend, Nathan Jones remains a worthy midfield general.

Key Players:

 Mark Jamar (MELB) – The Demons will be praying that Jamar passes a fitness test and is good to play on the weekend. Their young ruck stocks have performed as nothing more than a stop-gap while the ‘Russian’ is out. If he returns the Melbourne midfield is automatically more dangerous.

Jeremy Howe (MELB) – The high-flying Howe has been the story of the year down at Demonland. He is also a capable goal-kicker and booted three last weekend. If he can continue to combine his outstanding marking and increase his goal output, starting this weekend, he will become quickly become known for more than speckies.

Patrick Dangerfield (ADEL) – As Brian Taylor would say, “wowee!”. Dangerfield has had an unbelievable season and seems destined to be one of the best players in the competition. He does the hard stuff, the outside stuff, kicks goals and tackles hard. Scott Thompson will rack it up no matter what – Melbourne need to focus their shut-down efforts on Dangerfield.

 Kurt Tippett (ADEL) – Held to just seven touches and one behind by Daniel Merrett of the Lions last weekend, Tippett desperately needs to find form before the finals. He had a long lay-off, granted, but against a side like Brisbane that they should have had no trouble with his game was worrying. The Demons are no slouch defensively either, with James Frawley, Colin Garland and Tom McDonald all more than capable. Taylor Walker kicked four against Brisbane but he can’t do it all on his own.

Prediction: Adelaide by 40 points

 

Dees to Tank it out Against Giants

WHERE AND WHEN: Manuka Oval, Saturday August 18, 2.10pm

Both Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney have been associated with talks surrounding tanking in recent weeks and their clash on Saturday may have further implications on the number 1 pick.

Greater Western Sydney sit a the bottom of the ladder only by percentage. This was no thanks to Gold Coast who by beating the Giants last week moved above them.

This game brought further scrutiny about tanking, this time at GWS as several key players did not play. Do not expect to see them this week either as the players such as Jonathon Patton and Jeremy Cameron went into surgery. A win would see the Suns take the spoon and that is an outcome Greater Western Sydney would rather avoid.

Melbourne sit third last and a game clear of the bottom two. Their position favours the Giants as they will have a desire to win.  A loss would not change their position on the ladder and if anything will result in more humiliation.

Last time they met Melbourne disposed of Greater Western Sydney by 78 points, exacting revenge on former player Tom Scully.

Do not expect the same margin this time, the Giants have a good record at  Manuka, with their first win and another close loss. Meanwhile Melbourne have a terrible travelling record with an average losing margin of 74 points when interstate; an indictment on their performances.

Why You Should Tune In

This game is hardly the stand out of the round but it should provide a close contest. With both teams sitting at the bottom of the ladder the skill difference is not that large and a close game is usually a good one.

This game will also showcase some of the youngsters that have plenty of potential. Despite the absence of Patton and Cameron amongst others the Giants still have the likes of Adam Treloar and William Hoskin-Elliott who will thrive against a weaker team.

Melbourne are not short in this department either, Sam Blease has just come off a Rising Star Nomination after kicking 5 goals against the Saints.

Prediction 

If there were full teams and nothing to play for Greater Western Sydney may have gone in favourites. However they have too much to lose and their selection policy and injury management may suggest something about this.

Melbourne on the other hand have to win this if they want to keep any pride in tact and they should. They will too strong for the depleted Giants.

Melbourne by 26

GWS Giants

B: Adam Kennedy, Phil Davis, Matthew Buntine
HB: Curtly Hampton, Chad Cornes, Sam Darley
C: Tom Scully, Luke Power, WIlliam Hoskin-Elliott
HF: Tim Golds, Nick Haynes, Shaun Edwards
F: Devon Smith, Israel Folau, Taylor Adams
Foll: Jonathan Giles, Anthony Miles, Toby Greene
I/C: Steve Clifton, Andrew Phillips, James McDonald, Dom Tyson
Emg: Jack Hombsch, Nathan Wilson, Rhys Palmer

In: Nick Haynes, Toby Greene, Taylor Adams, James McDonald, Dom Tyson
Out: Tomas Bugg, Jeremy Cameron (Hip), Jack Hombsch, Adam Treloar, Adam Tomlinson (Kidney)

Milestones: Luke Power – 300 games

Melbourne

B: Joel Macdonald, James Sellar, Tom McDonald
HB: Jack Watts, James Frawley, Colin Garland
C: Jack Trengove, Jordie McKenzie, Jack Grimes
HF: Neville Jetta, Brad Green, Rohan Bail
F: Jeremy Howe, Jared Rivers, Sam Blease
Foll: Jake Spencer, Colin Sylvia, Nathan Jones
I/C: Lynden Dunn, James Strauss, Luke Tapscott, Thomas Couch
Emg: Jordan Gysberts, Jack Fitzpatrick, James Magner

In: James Frawley, Jack Watts, Thomas Couch
Out: Matthew Bate, Brent Moloney, James Magner

BigFooty Team Board Previews:

GWS

Melbourne

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AFL unable to act on McLean tanking claims

Tank Accident

“[Bailey] was saying it was all in the category of development etc. – his players were always trying and [there was] never any intent to lose.”

– Adrian Anderson, August 2011, following comments by former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey.

Next minute, Melbourne charged with tanking because of Brock McLean’s comments? Possible, but highly unlikely.

The AFL has put itself in a bind regarding tanking. Anderson’s statements in the middle of last year meant that tanking would not be looked at in cases up to and including the 2009 debacle.

If the AFL was to investigate the allegations against Melbourne, they would have to investigate other clubs. There’s the 2007 ‘Kreuzer Cup’ in Round 22 between Carlton and Melbourne. Terry Wallace ‘doing nothing’ in 2007. Efforts by Hawthorn and Collingwood in early 2000s and West Coast putting players in for early surgeries when it was clear the season was shot are all other examples of tanking.

The Collingwood example saw them gain Scott Pendlebury and Dale Thomas, cornerstones of their current side. Reports were made at the time of many of these allegations and even Brendan Fevola’s new book makes mention of the tanking at Carlton. Yet the AFL have only investigated one case of the offence.

If it is a crime, then Melbourne have to be punished. Since the tanking year in 2009, Melbourne have not made the finals. The club has gone backwards in a year of both on-field and off-field hell.

The supporter base is completely demoralised; one look at the comments on the official Melbourne Facebook page after yet another loss shows that. Recent history has compounded into a season of hell. The two Melbourne jumper sponsors are short-term after the EnergyWatch scandal. For the AFL to add to this might even put the club’s existence at risk.
Many supporters seeing, say, a loss of draft picks on top of five years of terrible performances might give up on the club for the time being.  Memberships and merchandise sales would surely suffer.

Finally, what’s to be gained from such a punishment? The coach of 2009 has been sacked. The then-president of Melbourne is a legend among the eyes of many Melbournians and not just supporters of the Demons, and dragging his name through the mud since his passing is a sure-fire way to come under attack from the mainstream media.

It’s too much of a risk to the AFL for them to go after Melbourne. A quiet word to clubs, saying that the party is over and if you’ve got people who come out and say this again, we will punish you, will be the way to go.

Otherwise the last decade of AFL football will forever be tarnished by the actions of various clubs over the years.

Grinners and Moaners Round 18

Greek Tragedy MasksGrinners

Geelong

The chase is on. It could be scoffed at earlier in the year when it was suggested that a side could win the flag from outside the top 4, but who’s laughing now? Geelong, clearly, can never be counted out. Their run home sees a mega-blockbuster against Hawthorn next Friday night, West Coast in Perth, St Kilda, the Bulldogs and Sydney in Geelong, which is tough, but their win has shown that tough simply may not be enough to stop the Cats as they amp up for September.

West Coast

The Eagles desperately needed that percentage recovery, as it will lead to West Coast jumping either Adelaide or Collingwood should either side slip up. Moreover, it was just the sort of stabiliser that the Eagles needed before one of the hottest derbies in a while, with Freo needing to win to keep their finals hopes alive while West Coast want to crack the top 4.

Carlton

Oh boy. If Carlton make the finals, it will be a case of falling into the eight rather than making it on their own merit. The massive injection of luck that they received on Saturday night will surely have to be repeated in order for the Blues to get their, but there’s still life signs in the hope of September.

North Melbourne

10 wins now, coupled with Essendon’s loss, sees North looking at 7th spot at the end of Round 23. They have one guaranteed win against GWS in round 23, as well as a probable against the Bulldogs. The Roos have to take on Collingwood as well as Fremantle in Perth, but looming large is the clash with Essendon in two weeks’ time, a match which very well could be the sealer for finals one way or the other for both sides.

St Kilda

Somehow the Saints remain discounted from finals contention. Such an idea is strange, as they sit on 9 wins (equal with Carlton) and have an easier run home, with games against GWS and Melbourne. They continue to quietly chip away at their chances, and a slip or two elsewhere will see them into September action.

Moaners

Hawthorn’s 23rd player

The Hawks have both Lance Franklin and David Hale to return. Max Bailey seems the obvious omission for Hale, but the Buddy question looms large. Hawthorn’s forward line is in fact performing damn well without him.  Someone has to go to fit the guy leading the Coleman chase… but who?

Richmond

Another week, another ‘honourable’ loss. 8 of Richmond’s games have been decided by a margin of two goals or less, of which they’ve won two, against St Kilda or GWS. If they’d converted another two for a 50-50 win rate, they’d be 9-8 and well in the finals hunt. Instead, their chances are almost certainly over once again.

Essendon

The wheels are quickly falling off the Bombers’ season. With their continuing injury list and the numerous other sides who are hunting finals that they play between now and the start of September action, there is still the risk that Essendon could miss the finals due to the realities of their run home.

Melbourne and the Bulldogs

The silence is deafening. The seasons are over already for both, and it’s without a care by most in the footy world.

Adelaide

The more this season goes on, the less impressive the Crows seem despite their ladder position. When Adelaide lose, it seems to be a whimper more than a tight contest, with a fifteen to twenty minute lapse in concentration leading to huge scoreboard damage.

North on the Up

North Melbourne   5.4   9.6   15.10   19.13 (127)
Melbourne              1.2     5.5     7.5     11.7 (73)

North Melbourne have consolidated their grasp on finals footy after beating Melbourne by 54 points yesterday.

Melbourne’s chances were quickly ended, with the Kangaroos jumping out of the blocks, kicking the first five goals of the contest. The Demons remained competitive afterwards, but the damage was already done.

Brad Green kicked three goals in his 250th game and was key to the Demons continually fight, but the fact of the matter is that North Melbourne are simply superior to the struggling Demons.

Drew Petrie continued his stunning form with another four goals to make it 18 in three weeks, but it was his captain Andrew Swallow who really stole the show.

Swallow had 32 disposals, 17 of which were contested yet still managed to use the ball at 81% efficiency. He kicked a goal and set up a few others whilst being instrumental in the congested clearance work, finishing with an incredible 17 tackles – two shy of the record set by Swan Jude Bolton last season.

It wasn’t all good for the Kangaroos however, with Leigh Adams suffering a shoulder injury which will cause concerns for the Roos medical staff over the coming days.

Votes

Swallow

Harvey

Petrie
GOALS
North Melbourne: 
Petrie 4, Tarrant 4, Adams 2, Thomas 2, Harvey 2, Bastinac, Macmillan, Anthony, Swallow, Harper
Melbourne: Green 3, Sylvia 3, Blease, Howe, Garland, Martin, Jones

BEST
North Melbourne:
 Harvey, Gibson, Wells, Cunnington, Swallow, Goldstein, Atley
Melbourne: Jones, Green, Moloney, Howe, Macdonald

INJURIES
North Melbourne: 
Adams (shoulder), Scott McMahon (soreness)
Melbourne: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
North Melbourne: 
Scott McMahon (soreness) substituted for Matt Campbell in the third quarter
Melbourne: Neville Jetta substituted for James Strauss in the third quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: McBurney, Armstrong, Harris

Official crowd: 20,816 at Etihad Stadium

Roos Will Roll On

WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Saturday July 28, 2.10pm

North Melbourne will look to sure up their spot in the top 8 and make it six wins from their last seven when they face Melbourne.

The Kangaroos are coming off a thrilling game against Richmond. They were able to hold on for a four point win, showing they have the composure to win close games. Drew Petrie was critical in the win with seven goals, making it 14 in two weeks. North will move the ball quick and long to give him the best chance of kicking another bag.

Melbourne’s previous performance on the other hand was not as impressive. They lost to Port Adeliade by 28 points despite leading in most of the key indicators, their main problem was that they just broke down in going forward. The Dees will want to turn that around this week for former captain Brad Green’s 250th game, a win would be the perfect reward for his service.

The Demons make three welcome returns to the team this week. Brent Moloney comes back from his spell in the VFL, James Seller returns to add some height in the backline and Jordie McKenzie will probably go to Andrew Swallow. They lose two mature aged recruits in James Magner and Thomas Couch as well as Ricky Pettard. Conversely the Kangaroos go in unchanged.

Players To Watch

Colin Sylvia

Sylvia is the barometer of the Melbourne team, when he is playing well the team is comoetitive, as seen in the Fremantle game. He provides so much for the Demons, not only can he win the contested ball and clearances but he often heads forward for a goal, something Melbourne are struggling to find.

Todd Goldstein

 After a breakout year last year, Goldstein is yet to reach the same heights this year. Ruckman are key come finals time and now would be a good time to hit form. Without Mark Jamar or Mitch Clark Melbourne’s ruck stocks are severely depleted, with this in mind he should be in for a big day and he will deliver the North midfielders first hands to the ball.

Prediction

Melbourne have had an underwhelming year to date, with six rounds left there is not much time for improvement. However wining this game would be a good step forward and a sign of respect for a quality player in Brad Green.

Even with this in mind North Melbourne will be too strong. The are one of the in form teams of the competition and are gearing up for finals. This should be an easy win for a finals bound team and the Kangaroos will make sure of it.

North Melbourne by 35pts

Teams

NORTH MELBOURNE
B: Scott McMahon, Scott Thompson, Michael Firrito
HB: Shaun Atley, Nathan Grima, Jamie Macmillan
C: Ryan Bastinac, Daniel Wells, Ben Cunnington
HF: Leigh Adams, Robert Tarrant, Samuel Wright
F: Lachlan Hansen, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Brent Harvey
I/C: Matt Campbell, Liam Anthony, Kieran Harper, Sam Gibson
Emg: Cruize Garlett, Cameron Richardson, Aaron Mullett

MELBOURNE
B: Daniel Nicholson, James Sellar, Tom McDonald
HB: Joel Macdonald, James Frawley, Colin Garland
C: Rohan Bail, Jack Grimes, Jack Trengove
HF: Colin Sylvia, Stefan Martin, Lynden Dunn
F: Neville Jetta, Jared Rivers, Brad Green
Foll: Jake Spencer, Jordie McKenzie, Nathan Jones
I/C: Brent Moloney, Sam Blease, James Strauss, Jeremy Howe
Emg: Matthew Bate, Jordan Gysberts, James Magner

In: Brent Moloney, Jordie McKenzie, James Sellar
Out: Ricky Petterd, Thomas Couch, James Magner

 

 

 

 

Howe leaps straight to the Tribunal – Match Review Panel Round 17 2012

Melbourne high-flyer Jeremy Howe will face the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night after the Match Review Panel bypassed his case.

Howe alledgedly wiped blood from his knee on Port Adelaide defender Tom Jonas’ shorts during the third quarter of Saturday Night’s match in Darwin, which the Demons lost by 28 points.

He was charged with a misconduct offence by the MRP but the tribunal panel will decide the punishment.

The only similar case in recent times was back in 2002, when then-Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley wiped blood from his forehead on Geelong hard man Cameron Ling’s guernsey.

In other cases, Geelong fullback Matthew Scarlett has been charged with a level-two triking offence against Essendon youngster Corey Dell’Olio during the fourth quarter of Friday Night’s match at Etihad Stadium. Due to a previous poor record, Scarlett has received a one-match penalty, and this cannot be reduced with an early-plea.

Seven North Melbourne and 11 Richmond players can accept fines for their involvement in a melee during the first quarter of Sunday’s match at the MCG.

Richmond’s Shane Tuck, Alex Rance, Dustin Martin and Luke McGuane and North Melbourne’s Michael Firrito and Jamie MacMillan can accept $2100 fines for a second offence for enganging in a melee.

Matt Dea, Jayden Post, Chris Newman, Reece Conca, Steven Morris, Brendan Ellis, Kelvin Moore, Drew Petrie, Robbie Tarrant, Lindsay Thomas, Sam Wright and Daniel Wells can accept $1200 fines for a first offence engaging in a melee.

Richmond’s Brett Deledio has also been offered a $1950 first offence fine for using absuive, threatening or obscene language during the second quarter of the match on Sunday.

Other incidents assessed were contact between Eagles’ Beau Waters and Adelaide’s Kurt Tippett, contact between Carlton’s Paul Bower and Bulldog Christian Howard and contact between Swan Ben McGlynn and St Kilda’s Brendan Goddard, however these were dismissed.