Melbourne’s leading goalkicker Bayley Fritsch is free to play in Saturday night’s AFL clash with Sydney after overturning his one-match suspension for striking.
Fritsch was charged after striking North Melbourne young gun Tom Powell with a high fend-off during Sunday’s 30-point victory in Hobart.
Match review officer Michael Christian assessed the second-quarter incident as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact, drawing the one-match suspension.
Fritsch pleaded not guilty to the careless conduct aspect of the charge, with club lawyer Adrian Anderson arguing the high contact was caused by two aspects outside of the Melbourne forward’s control.
“The high contact was caused by Powell being pushed into him faster and lower…