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I thought our best bet was to get the impact downgraded from medium to low, meaning just a fine. But to get off altogether genuinely surprised me.

No complaints though, you take the breaks when they come.

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BREAKING: Sam Weideman will be testifying for the prosecution. 

A few weeks back Ben Cunnington knocked Rory Laird out, he was taken from the field but returned, and played out the game. The MRO classified that as medium impact, Cunnington appealed to the tri

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15 minutes ago, Forest Demon said:

I thought our best bet was to get the impact downgraded from medium to low, meaning just a fine. But to get off altogether genuinely surprised me.

No complaints though, you take the breaks when they come.

Yes sometimes you can be too successful, a fine and the media outrage would have been non existent. 

 

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13 hours ago, Superunknown said:
21 hours ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

 

Are you expecting me to be disappointed that Fritta's playing this week on the basis that I was flat out wrong in that I expected the appeal to fail??

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1 hour ago, whatwhat say what said:

Loving the media agitation calling for the AFL to challenge the tribunal decision 

Has anyone other than Robbo and Whateley talked about an appeal?

Robbo is a buffoon.  Whateley is trying hard for consistency in MRO/Tibunal decisions but they keep moving the goal posts.

Having said that they have a valid point in that if someone is going to tackle they should not expect the player with the ball to put his elbow up.  What they missed was that Powell was moving downward and was pushed toward Fritsch who couldn't fend off with his broken hand.. 

Can't see an appeal.  I should never have been cited in the first place.

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2 minutes ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

Has anyone other than Robbo and Whateley talked about an appeal?

Robbo is a buffoon.  Whateley is trying hard for consistency in MRO/Tibunal decisions but they keep moving the goal posts.

Having said that they have a valid point in that if someone is going to tackle they should not expect the player with the ball to put his elbow up.  What they missed was that Powell was moving downward and was pushed toward Fritsch who couldn't fend off with his broken hand.. 

Can't see an appeal.  I should never have been cited in the first place.

Barrett too

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4 minutes ago, whatwhat say what said:

Barrett too

Enough said!!

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King too, but what would you expect.

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1 hour ago, Bring-Back-Powell said:

Are you expecting me to be disappointed that Fritta's playing this week on the basis that I was flat out wrong in that I expected the appeal to fail??

No. I accidentally quoted you in Firefox on iOS and there is no way to not-quote/or cancel comment on mobile.

This was a simple technology boondoggle.

 

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14 hours ago, dl4e said:

I just love it when the MRO gets a decent backhander.

 

12 hours ago, RigidMiddleDigit said:

Michael Christian: goose.

Actually, I have a great deal of respect for Michael Christian, even though I may disagree with some of his decisions. He has taken on a thankless job knowing that every decision he makes will be scrutinised endlessly by the media and the general public. In addition, he knows every decision can be appealed and many will be overturned. It takes someone with grit and a true love for the game to take on this role. 

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1 hour ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

 

Actually, I have a great deal of respect for Michael Christian, even though I may disagree with some of his decisions. He has taken on a thankless job knowing that every decision he makes will be scrutinised endlessly by the media and the general public. In addition, he knows every decision can be appealed and many will be overturned. It takes someone with grit and a true love for the game to take on this role. 

I did not know you were his dad LDC!!!!!!!!!

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3 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

How disrespectful. You could have at least suggested I was his son, rather than father!

We both know that would not fly.

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Great news and IMHO the correct outcome - very fair player - no intent - purely accidental

Fritta has become a very important player and critical that he keeps playing and remains in good form if we are to kick winning scores 

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In fairness to Gerard and Robbo (stick with me here) - their point was the AFL is going so hard on hits to the head and concussion protocols and then a hit to the head like this goes unpunished. An extension of their contention would be that Danger should also have been suspended in the GF.  As first glance in real time, the Fritsch one looks like a week. It is only when you consider it and go through everything that has been discussed in this thread already that is becomes clear it is only a fine

No way there will be an appeal from the AFL

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3 hours ago, Lucifer's Hero said:

Can't see an appeal.  I should never have been cited in the first place.

No, you definitely should not have been cited! 

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There is still room in footy for pure accidents and this was one of those.  

There was no time for a straight arm fend, so he went with a forearm fend, but the north player was stumbling so the forearm bounced off his shoulder into his chin.  No time at all for Fritta to adjust, meaning he hadn't breached his duty of care.

This was as straightforward decision as they come I reckon despite how bad it look in slow-mo.

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11 minutes ago, S_T said:

There is still room in footy for pure accidents and this was one of those.  

There was no time for a straight arm fend, so he went with a forearm fend, but the north player was stumbling so the forearm bounced off his shoulder into his chin.  No time at all for Fritta to adjust, meaning he hadn't breached his duty of care.

This was as straightforward decision as they come I reckon despite how bad it look in slow-mo.

100% Agree with everything you wrote, which is why I hate the bolded section. I believe that all incidents should not be looked at in slow-mo. It makes it look like the player has more time to change their momentum or avoid a collision. Slow-mo should only be used to show where contact occurred, not what led to the contact.

As the tribunal said, there was only 0.2 seconds between gathering the ball and contact. Slow-mo makes it look like there was 2-3 seconds before contact.

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8 minutes ago, S_T said:

This was as straightforward decision as they come I reckon despite how bad it look in slow-mo.

I actually thought he was gone as soon as I saw it happen... didn't need the slow motion.  Perhaps it's also the angle of the cameras that give a skewed view of the incident?  However, I am glad he is free to play.

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14 minutes ago, S_T said:

There is still room in footy for pure accidents and this was one of those.  

There was no time for a straight arm fend, so he went with a forearm fend, but the north player was stumbling so the forearm bounced off his shoulder into his chin.  No time at all for Fritta to adjust, meaning he hadn't breached his duty of care.

This was as straightforward decision as they come I reckon despite how bad it look in slow-mo.

He has a broken bone in his hand. He naturally would avoid using  it to fend.

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14 hours ago, McQueen said:

Good grief!

Just watched the AFL 360 rant. Putting my bias aside, those two are out and out drama queens. 
Robinson is a moron and Whateley is on the fast road to a similar moronic level of commentary. 

 

Passive aggressive wankers. 

But what do you really think about them Mac? Quit holding back ffs.

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1 hour ago, P-man said:

But what do you really think about them Mac? Quit holding back ffs.

Profanity filters in my way bro. 

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I'm in the camp that one week probably wasn't massively unfair. But i did think he also might of just copped a fine based on it being accidental not careless. Or some such.

But I'm also in the camp that an appeal was a total no brainer. I mean the only downside I could possibly see is burning 10k. Which of course is easy for me to say.

Even if we had lost the appeal, you could argue we still get some press coverage for our sponsors and some we're a top club, don't mess with us vibe for our fans.

But the reward for winning the appeal is the clincher.

We are a better chance of winning this game now. And for any number of reasons that is worth WAY more than 10k.

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