Dockers veteran Stephen Hill has no case to answer after colliding with Nick Blakey, but Richmond’s Tom Lynch wasn’t as lucky as he was called up for a date with the tribunal to leave his status for Thursday clash with West Coast in doubt.
Hill and Blakey collided in the first term of last night’s Optus Stadium clash while contesting a loose ball, with Blakey’s head making contact with Hill’s leg as the Docker turned his body to collect the footy.
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Blakey won a free kick and was left momentarily dazed, but played out the remainder of the match and appeared unaffected.
“It was the view of the MRO that Hill was contesting the ball and had no realistic alternative way to contest the ball,” the AFL’s statement read.
Hill had a quiet outing against the Swans, mustering just six disposals and gaining 39 metres in Fremantle’s convincing win.
It marked the fewest possessions the 213-gamer has had in a full outing since his debut campaign in 2009.
Lynch will face the AFL Tribunal tomorrow after a third striking incident this year, this time for a hit on Essendon’s Michael Hurley.
Lynch appeared to strike Hurley in the neck during the final quarter of last night’s win over the Bombers.
The Tigers will be sweating on their spearhead’s availability ahead of their blockbuster clash with West Coast at Metricon Stadium.
Two more Richmond players were charged with staging, with Dylan Grimes ($750) and Nick Vlastuin ($500) both fined.
Grimes was fined a further $750 for striking Jake Stringer.