AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) advises the independent Tribunal sat tonight, Wednesday 12 February, to hear two charges from the senior grades of Round 17 of the 2019/20 TIO NTFL.
Men's Premier League
Cameron Stokes, of the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club, appeared before the independent Tribunal to answer the charge of striking player number 15 from Waratah Football Club in the second quarter of the TIO NTFL Men’s Premier League match between the Darwin Buffaloes and Waratah at TIO Stadium on Friday 7 February 2020.
Upon evidence provided by the victim player where he stated he was hit in the shoulder and not the head, the AFLNT Reporting Officer and Darwin Buffaloes Advocate agreed to amend the grading of contact from being high to being at the body.
The Tribunal accepted the amended classification to be careless conduct, medium impact and contact to the body, resulting in a one-match penalty.
In summary, the Tribunal sanctioned Stokes with a reprimand given the regrading took place.
Anthony Long, of St Mary’s Football Club, appeared before the independent Tribunal to answer the charge of engaging in rough conduct against player number 3 from the Tiwi Bombers Football Club in the second quarter of the TIO NTFL Men’s Premier League match between the Tiwi Bombers and St Mary’s at TIO Stadium on Saturday 8 February 2020.
Long entered a plea of not guilty.
Upon review of the evidence, the Tribunal determined that Long had followed through on his tackle and his unstable footing caused him to lose his balance, going around the victim player. Further, the controlling umpire said he observed the incident in question and did not view it as a dangerous tackle.
The Tiwi Bombers were not in attendance at the Tribunal hearing, however, evidence gathered by the AFLNT Reporting Officer with the victim player over the phone ascertained that his head was not the first part of his body to hit the ground.
The Tribunal acknowledged that whilst an injury was caused by the tackle – there was nothing intentional or malicious in the movement.
In summary, Long was found not guilty and the case was dismissed.
Offending clubs (alleged) and/or the Controlling Body have until 5pm Thursday 13 February to lodge an appeal in writing to the AFLNT Football Operations team. The grounds for appeal under the 2019 State and Territory Tribunal Guidelines are as follows:
4.3 Grounds for Appeal
Except where otherwise determined by the Controlling Body, a Person found guilty of a Reportable Offence by the Tribunal, or the Controlling Body may only appeal to the Appeal Board in respect of a decision made by the Tribunal under these Guidelines on one or more of the following grounds:
(a) that there was an error of law;
(b) that the decision was so unreasonable that no Tribunal acting reasonably could have come to that decision having regard to the evidence before it;
(c) the classification of the level of the offence was manifestly excessive or inadequate; or
(d) that the sanction imposed was manifestly excessive or inadequate.