AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) advises the independent Tribunal sat tonight, Wednesday 20 January, to hear two charges from Round 18 of the 2018/19 TIO NTFL Men’s Division 1.
Alan Graham, of Darwin Buffaloes Football Club, appeared before the Tribunal to answer the charge of engaging in rough conduct on player number 18 of Waratah Football Club in the third quarter of the TIO NTFL Men’s Division 1 match between Waratah and Darwin Buffaloes at Gardens Oval on Saturday 16 February 2019.
In summary, Graham was found guilty of rough conduct.
It was a view of the Tribunal that the incident should be classified as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact and issued Graham with a three-match penalty; comprised of a one-match penalty to be served immediately and two-matches to be wholly suspended, unless the player reoffends within two years, then the suspended sentence will be automatically applied.
Tim Hocking, of PINT Football Club, appeared before the Tribunal to answer the charge of engaging in rough conduct in the first quarter of the TIO NTFL Men’s Division 1 match between PINT and St Mary’s at the Marrara Cricket Ground on Sunday 17 February 2019.
After hearing early submissions and not believing there was enough evidence to support the charge, AFLNT sought to withdraw the charge, which the Tribunal accepted.
In summary, the case against Hocking was withdrawn.