A few big name stars are set for a side line stint after the Match Review Panel once again made headlines Monday bz suspending five players for multiple weeks.
Adelaide will miss Taylor Walker, who has been in some great form, after the 'mullet man' was given a hefty three-game suspension for another reckless tackle, this time on Richmond’s Steven Morris.
Obviously Walker hasn't smartened up. He missed two weeks in May because of a reckless sling tackle meaning an early plea won’t reduce his stint on the side line.
Hawthorn’s Brent Guerra was given four weeks for his front-on contact with Eddie Betts, which was deemed to be reckless, of medium impact and high. An early plea will reduce the sentence to three weeks.
Daniel Jackson, of Richmond, was also given two weeks for striking. Stewart Crameri will miss Essendon’s next few games after receiving two weeks for rough conduct.
The Walker suspension is big news due to his importance to the Adelaide attack, but the decision that will bring the greatest impact is the suspension of St Kilda’s Brendan Goddard. There was a lot going on behind the scenes in Sunday’s Saints-North Melbourne clash between Goddard and his opponent, Sam Wright, and Goddard apparently smacked the Kangaroo off the ball hard enough to register a level 4 offence. He will miss the next two games, three if he challenges unsuccessfully.
Wright had a lot to say to say to Goddard after kicking the final goal in North’s fantastic win, but the Saints swingman was a lot more tame with the cameras around.
The news gets worse for St Kilda, they have lost Rhys Stanley and Jason Blake for an extended period. Stanley had missed a number of weeks with a hamstring injury which he re-injured on Sunday. He will be out four to six weeks. Blake suffered a bad ankle sprain and will miss a full six weeks.
Finally, some potentially good news. Prolific West Coast small forward Mark LeCras surprised a number of people by recently completing some intense training. The 25-year-old apparently looked great in doing some agility, sprinting and change-of-direction work after a knee reconstruction during the AFL pre-season. It may be optimistic, but LeCras could slot back into the team towards the back end of the season.