MRP: Walker charged

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA – JULY 15: Taylor Walker of the Crows in action during the 2017 AFL round 17 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Adelaide Crows at TIO Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Adelaide captain Taylor Walker can accept a fine for striking Melbourne midfielder Jordan Lewis.

The incident occurred following an altercation between the pair in the first quarter at TIO Stadium on Saturday night. Walker was penalised with a free kick against at the time.

Based on the available evidence, the contact was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. The incident was classified as a $1,500 sanction.

Walker has no applicable record which impacts the penalty, enabling him to accept a $1,000 fine with an early plea.

The striking charge is the forward’s first Classifiable Offence this season.

Last week, Walker was fined $1,000 for misconduct after applying a shepherd that resulted in Western Bulldogs defender Jason Johannisen making contact with a goalpost.

Misconduct isn’t considered a ‘Classifiable Offence’ and doesn’t count towards loading.

A one-match suspension results only if a player is found guilty of three (or more) Classifiable Offences in the same season.

Demons onballer Bernie Vince was found guilty of two separates charges.

Vince can accept a two-game ban for striking Eddie Betts.

Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was classified as a two-match sanction.

Vince has two matches of suspension within the last two years, which qualifies as a bad record, increasing the penalty to a three-match sanction. An early plea enables him to accept a two-match sanction.

The former Crow was also fined $1,000 for bumping or making forceful contact from front-on against Richard Douglas.

Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was classified as a $1,500 sanction.

An early plea enables Vince to accept a $1,000 sanction.

Source: Adelaide Crows website

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