Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield will miss three AFL video games for his hit that left Adelaide’s Jake Kelly with a concussion and a damaged nostril.
- Dangerfield’s defence tried to get the impression downgraded from “severe” to “high”
- The jury solely deliberated for 18 minutes earlier than deciding the preliminary grading was proper
- Dangerfield’s group additionally highlighted that it was an “incidental” head conflict, not Dangerfield’s shoulder, that did the harm
The 2016 Brownlow medallist was cited for his bump on Kelly final weekend.
Dangerfield’s authorized group pleaded responsible to tough conduct however challenged the grading of the impression, wanting it downgraded from “severe” to “high”.
A part of the defence from Dangerfield’s group was studying out definitions of the phrase “severe”, together with the Oxford and Macquarie dictionaries, and asking Siri for a definition.
The jury solely wanted 18 minutes to return to the conclusion that the Match Assessment Officer’s preliminary grading for the extent of the impression was proper.
Dangerfield’s lawyer, Ben Ihle, mentioned his consumer used the right bumping method in staying low and tucking his elbow in, however the AFL identified how shortly Dangerfield was transferring and the truth that he had each ft off the bottom on the level of impression.
Dangerfield’s authorized group tried to attract a distinction between incidents the place a participant’s shoulder or arm hit a participant within the head, versus this bump, the place the harm was attributable to a head conflict.
“Mr Dangerfield accepts that in the modern game when a player bumps another player they accept responsibility for the consequences,” Ihle advised the tribunal.
“He accepts there was accidental and incidental contact between their heads.”
Ihle mentioned that the impression between the pair’s heads was really lessened by Dangerfield utilizing good method and requested jurors solely to have a look at the drive of the collision between their heads, not Dangerfield’s preliminary bump to Kelly’s physique.
AFL counsel Jeff Gleeson mentioned: “You certainly shouldn’t conclude that the hard skull produces a lesser impact than if it was the fleshy shoulder.”
Ihle requested the jury to not put an excessive amount of inventory in the truth that Kelly ended up with a damaged nostril.
He mentioned the nostril was “sensitive and vulnerable” and the truth that it broke was not an indicator of the severity of the impression.
Dangerfield will miss subsequent week’s blockbuster rematch towards preliminary ultimate opponents Brisbane, in addition to a grudge match towards Hawthorn and a conflict with the Demons, earlier than being eligible to return in spherical 5 towards North Melbourne.