TIO NTFL Match Review Panel: Round 18

AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed all matches played in Round 18 of the 2019/20 TIO NTFL season, and the following charges have been laid in the senior divisions:

Men’s Premier League 

Matt Cannard, of the Southern Districts Football Club, has been charged with striking player number 2 from Waratah Football Club in the first quarter of the TIO NTFL Men’s Premier League match between Southern Districts and Waratah at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday 15 February 2020.

Based on the umpire's report and the video evidence available, it was the view of the Panel that the incident should be classified as careless conduct, low impact and high contact to the body, resulting in a one-match penalty.

In summary, Cannard can accept a reprimand for an early guilty plea. 

Cannard has also been charged with striking player number 23 from Waratah Football Club at the end of the first quarter of the TIO NTFL Men’s Premier League match between Southern Districts and Waratah at Norbuilt Oval on Saturday 15 February 2020.

Based on the umpire's report and evidence available, it was the view of the Panel that the incident should be classified as intentional conduct, low impact and high contact, resulting in a two-match penalty.

In summary, Cannard can accept a one-match penalty with an early guilty plea. 

Josh Cheek, of the St Mary’s Football Club, has been charged with bumping or making forceful contact to player number 7 from the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club in the second quarter of the TIO NTFL Men’s Premier League match between St Mary’s and Darwin Buffaloes at Gardens Oval on Saturday 15 February 2020.

Based on the video evidence available, it was the view of the Panel that the incident should be classified as careless conduct, low impact and high contact, resulting in a one-match penalty.

In summary, Cheek can accept a reprimand for an early guilty plea.

The clubs/players via the club's tribunal advocate has until 9:00pm tonight (Tuesday) to accept the early plea or lodge an appeal to have the matter heard by an independent Tribunal.

*UPDATED Wednesday 19 February* 

The Tribunal will not sit for the senior divisions after all players pleaded guilty and accepted their early penalties. 

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