PORT Adelaide is weighing up whether to challenge champion midfielder Robbie Gray’s one-match ban from the AFL’s new-look match review system.
Gray has been charged with misconduct for his bump which stunned West Coast’s Jeremy McGovern in Sunday’s pre-season trial game in Perth.
Port can take Gray’s case to the tribunal – at a cost of $ 10,000. Under the revamped match review system, Gray’s ban can’t be increased at the tribunal.
But the Power would forfeit the money should their challenge be rejected – they would be refunded if successful.
Port and triple All Australian Gray have until Tuesday to decide whether to contest the ban.
Gray’s right shoulder made contact with McGovern’s head as the pair contested a loose ball – the Eagles player left the field and didn’t return. Newly-appointed match review officer Michael Christian deemed Gray’s bump as careless contact with medium impact to the head.
“His eyes moved from the ball to McGovern and if he was genuinely contesting the ball, I would like to see his hands down contesting the ball rather than shaping to bump,” Christian said
“I think he had other alternatives rather than shaping to bump and bumping … the option was there to genuinely contest the ball and he elected not to.
“When you elect to bump you must do it fairly.
“And if you make contact with the head in a careless manner, then that is when there may well be a penalty forthcoming.”
A Port spokesman said the club had yet to decide whether to contest the charge on the three-time club champion.
Two other players were also cited by Christian after the opening pre-season fixtures.
Gray’s teammate Paddy Ryder can accept a $ 2000 fine for striking Eagles midfielder Andrew Gaff with a blow to the stomach.
And Melbourne’s Clayton Oliver can accept a $ 1500 fine for misconduct on North Melbourne’s Ben Jacobs.
Oliver hit Jacobs in the body but insufficient force to justify a striking charge.
In the AFL women’s competition, Collingwood’s Lauren Tesoriero was charged with engaging in rough conduct against Bianca Jakobsson during Saturday’s fixture in Alice Springs.
Tesoriero can accept a reprimand without appearing before the tribunal.