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Essendon will challenge Dylan Shiel’s two-match suspension for rough conduct at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.
Shiel’s bump on North Melbourne’s Curtis Taylor during the Bombers’ 14-point win on the weekend was graded as careless conduct, high contact and high impact.
The Bombers are hopeful of having the impact-grading reduced after an MRI scan on Monday to assess a potential facial fracture cleared Taylor of structural damage.
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LIVE: AFL set to release next set of fixtures, Bombers’ chances of Dylan Shiel Tribunal appeal grow – Fox Sports
The AFL could release its Round 8 fixture as early as today.
Plus good news sees Essendon appeal Dylan Shiels two-match bump ban.
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BOMBERS TO APPEAL AFTER MEDICAL REPORT BOOST
Tom Morris reports…
Essendon is appealing the MROs two-week suspension for Dylan Shiel on grounds that the Bombers bump should not be classified as high impact.
Essendons course of action hinged on whether Curtis Taylor sustained a facial fracture from the incident.
Foxfooty.com.au understands Taylors MRI has come back clean, paving the way for the Dons to argue their case on Tuesday night.
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The Bombers had asked North Melbourne for results from Taylors MRI and were sent them on Monday afternoon.
If Essendon argued the bumps impact was low, Shiel would be fined. If they argued it was medium impact, the midfielder would still receive a one-week ban.
The incident was initially graded as careless conduct, high impact and high contact.
Shiel and St Kildas Ben Long will face the tribunal on Tuesday night.
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AFL SET TO RELEASE ROUND 8 FIXTURE AS SOON AS MONDAY EVENING
Tom Morris reports…
The AFL is aiming to release its Round 8 fixture on Monday evening, but clubs remain in the dark.
Foxfooty.com.au understands the league will drip feed one week of games, starting on Thursday July 23 and running through to Monday July 28.
The AFL was aiming to publicise these fixtures last Friday, but complications regarding state government guidelines, travel, family and other factors have delayed an official release.
Geelong and Collingwood are expected to face Fremantle and West Coast respectively in Round 8 in Perth once the two Victorian teams are released from quarantine.
These games would have to be played on Sunday or Monday of that week, with the Dockers and Cats match slated for the soon-to-be-regular Monday timeslot.
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While it was initially expected that Round 8 onwards would see games crammed together, its now understood Rounds 9-12 will be played across three weeks to condense the season.
Victorian clubs would then fly home – as per the AFLPAs agreement with the league – and where Round 13-17 games are played is largely dependent on Victorias Covid-19 case numbers and the response from various state governments.
In this three-week block of matches, clubs are expecting to have multiple four and five day breaks, which has been made possible due to shortened quarters.
The AFL is also considering how to fit Essendons game against Melbourne in.
We havent been given any indication (whats next) weve been told that weve probably got five weeks (on the road), but where that takes us, were not sure, Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin said on Saturday night.
DOGS GREAT SUGGESTS ONE-WEEK BAN FOR LONG
Former Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy believes a one-game ban is sufficient for St Kildas Ben Long, who was sent straight to the AFL Tribunal after a head-high bump on Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy.
Longs hit on Darcy was assessed as carless conduct, severe impact and high contact, with a ban of three or more matches likely.
Darcy told 7News there had to be context around the hit.
You need to judge each incident on its merits and understand context, understand what was happening in the lead-up and give players a chance to actually defend themselves and explain the situation, he said.
Theres mitigating circumstances, isnt there?
Were trying to get players to put their hip in to protect themselves and protect the ball. You dont expect a 200cm ruckman to be at hip height with his head.
But again – Im comfortable with making the responsibility on the bumper. If you do make head-high contact, youre at risk of being suspended.
I think given what we know now about concussion injuries weve got to take as much precaution as we can.
I still feel there is some responsibility from Ben Longs point of view but not at the extreme level.
I think itll definitely be looked at (by the tribunal), maybe he gets a weeks suspension.
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PORT PUSH FOR PREFERENTIAL FIXTURE
Port Adelaide chairman David Koch says he hopes the club gets a decent run of home games after playing in hubs at the start of the revised fixture.
The club played its Round 2 Showdown at the Adelaide Oval before moving to Queensland until at least the end of Round 7.
Speaking to FIVEaa, Koch said he hopes the sacrifices made by his side are rewarded by league HQ.
Next week you guys will be able to go with 20-25,000 people, which is just fantastic, he said.
Thats what both our teams need is members and supporters back supporting the teams and for both clubs to say a really big thank you to members who have been supporting us all the way through this. Its been fabulous.
And hopefully the so-and-sos in Victoria at the AFL better give the Crows and ourselves a decent run of home games at the back end of the season. Weve done the heavy lifting.
The Victorian clubs are all sort of whinging because theyve had to be in a hub for a week. We were up there three or four weeks.
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