Geelong star Tom Hawkins set to miss AFL preliminary final

first_imgShare on Messenger AFL Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest The force of the round-arm blow stunned Schofield, who fell to the turf and and was still prone when Hawkins went back to check on him.Match review officer Michael Christian assessed the incident as intentional conduct, high contact and low impact, which draws a one-match suspension. If the Cats challenge the charge at the tribunal and fail, they won’t risk it becoming a two-game ban. Geelong forward Tom Hawkins must fight to overturn a one-match striking ban at the AFL tribunal if he is to play in Friday night’s preliminary final against Richmond.Hawkins was running alongside Will Schofield in the third quarter of the Cats’ semi-final win over West Coast at the MCG on Friday night, when he swung at the defender and caught him high. Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Hawkins’ teammate Patrick Dangerfield did his best to play down the likelihood of an adverse finding by the MRO in an interview on 3AW.“I’ve seen the (Hawkins) incident. What I will say is what I think in recent weeks is the AFL is moving away from suspensions,” Dangerfield said. “I agree with the AFL’s approach. You want the best players out there playing so I’d hope there’s consistency in that.”No player was suspended after the first week of finals, with GWS forward Toby Greene and West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui among those to receive fines rather than bans.If Hawkins’ ban isn’t overturned, the full-forward will leave a huge hole in Geelong’s attack, where he’s booted 56 goals this season, 23 more the Gary Ablett, who’s second on the club’s goal-kicking list.Hawkins had enjoyed an exemplary disciplinary record for most of his 256-game career but the two-time premiership star has now run foul of the match review process nine times since the 2016 season. He’s been charged with striking six times and been suspended for a total of six matches, including his latest ban.Geelong coach Chris Scott said he deliberately avoided watching a replay of the clash.“In part because I didn’t want to talk about it tonight,” Scott said. “So I’ve just got nothing to add, unfortunately.”The incident overshadowed a match-winning performance from Hawkins, who booted four goals and took four contested marks. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Topics Australian rules football Share on LinkedIn Read more Geelong (@AFLcomau)Will Tom Hawkins face scrutiny from the MRO for this incident with Will Schofield? 13, 2019 Geelong hold off West Coast to book AFL preliminary final berth Australia sport news Reuse this contentlast_img read more