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Monday, 13 May 2019

Ablett and Fyfe avoid suspensions over high hits


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Geelong star Gary Ablett and Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe are still in contention for this year's Brownlow Medal after avoiding suspension for a pair of high hits.

After being handed a one-match ban just last week, Ablett tempted fate once again with an eerily similar high elbow on North Melbourne's Sam Wright to the one he laid on Essendon's Dylan Shiel a week earlier.

According to the report released by AFL, Ablett's hit on Wright was deemed as being "insufficient force to constitute a reportable offence" despite being an "intentional striking action".

Fyfe was also in hot water after a high hit on Richmond's Tom Lynch in the Tigers' 25-point win at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

Gary Ablett

The Fremantle skipper appeared to connect with an elbow while attempting to secure a loose ball on the wing in the fourth quarter, but the AFL's Match Review Officer deemed that there was "insufficient force to constitute a reportable offence" like in Ablett's case.

The Match Review Officer's decision comes after Ablett admitted that he was not worried about receiving a suspension for the hit on Wright.

"No I'm not concerned at all," Ablett told Fox Footy regarding the possibility of a suspension.

"I just tried to put a block on the running player so they didn't get that overlap possession. It was a free kick and it was paid.

"I wouldn't say I'm getting cranky, but I can't run as fast as I used to so I've got to put on a few bumps."

Geelong star Gary Ablett and Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe are still in contention for this year's Brownlow Medal after avoiding suspension for a pair of high hits.

After being handed a one-match ban just last week, Ablett tempted fate once again with an eerily similar high elbow on North Melbourne's Sam Wright to the one he laid on Essendon's Dylan Shiel a week earlier.

According to the report released by AFL, Ablett's hit on Wright was deemed as being "insufficient force to constitute a reportable offence" despite being an "intentional striking action".

Fyfe was also in hot water after a high hit on Richmond's Tom Lynch in the Tigers' 25-point win at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

Gary Ablett

The Fremantle skipper appeared to connect with an elbow while attempting to secure a loose ball on the wing in the fourth quarter, but the AFL's Match Review Officer deemed that there was "insufficient force to constitute a reportable offence" like in Ablett's case.

The Match Review Officer's decision comes after Ablett admitted that he was not worried about receiving a suspension for the hit on Wright.

"No I'm not concerned at all," Ablett told Fox Footy regarding the possibility of a suspension.

"I just tried to put a block on the running player so they didn't get that overlap possession. It was a free kick and it was paid.

"I wouldn't say I'm getting cranky, but I can't run as fast as I used to so I've got to put on a few bumps."

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