Being a big fan of AFL pretty much all my life, Especially the West Coast Eagles, I have witnessed how the game has changed dramatically over the
years. One thig that is standing out to me today is the trbunal system which to me, really sucks.
For 2012, the Commission approved the following recommendations:
Striking and Behind Play Incidents
- Change to Tribunal guidelines around impact to ensure that any reckless or intentional strikes which are inherently dangerous and / or have
the potential to cause serious injury will not be classified as ‘low’ impact and will be given a higher impact rating than other offences;
- Change to Tribunal guidelines around intent to ensure that any striking action with a raised forearm or elbow will be classified as
intentional, unless there is clear evidence the strike was not intentional;
- Changes to Tribunal guidelines around intent to ensure that any striking action that occurs behind play, off the ball or during a break in
play will be classified as intentional, unless there is clear evidence the strike was not intentional.
Rough Conduct (Tackles)
- Amend the guidelines to better distinguish between negligent and reckless dangerous tackles by including relevant factors such as lifting a
player off the ground and using a double action in the tackle.
- MRP instructed to be more stringent on staging, with excessive exaggeration of contact in an unsportsmanlike manner to be a reportable
offence in addition to feigning contact.
Obviously this has been happening during the games but one incident caught my attention last weekend which I thought was nothing more than to injure a
player from the opposite team. From this incident, a player from the Carlton football received a broken jaw and will now miss 5-6 weeks because of the
hit. Meanwhile, the player from Collingwood received a 3 week suspension which to me, seems to be very light.
Other incidents have also occured throughout the year that do not compare to the above which has seen players receiving similar sentences. Here are a
couple of videos of incidents this year.
In your opninion, which would receive the largest penalty based on the incident.
2 weeks ago Taylor Walker put on this tackle, received 3 weeks for it because of a poor history yet received a free kick which resulted in a goal.
Last Friday night this incident occured. Some may say he was only going after the ball but if you look closer, Wellingham does not have any intention
of going for the ball. His eyes are not on the ball for start. To me his intention was to take out the on coming player. He accepted a 3 week ban
which to me does not make sense.
Here are a couple of other incidents which occured over the weekend
I'm sure there are more from this week and earlier on in the year. But the last time I remember someone wrecklessly breaking someones jaw was a few
years back and I'm sure the offender received 7-8 weeks.
The one from the previous weekend concerning the Collingwood and Carlton player to me is a wreckless incident and the collingwood player should of
received a harsher penalty at least. I disagree with our tribunal system which is now run on a demerit point system which is in the link at the top. I
actually feel the system should go back to the 'what you done you are punished for.' It seems this Collingwood player has got off lightly to me
considering two West Coast players were rubbed out for tripping (1 week) and a elbow to the family jewels (2 weeks) which was contested and turned
into a body shot.