AFLNT advises the independent Tribunal sat tonight to hear one charge from Round 13 of the 2020/21 TIO NTFL senior games:
Men’s Premier League
Bradley Stokes, of Darwin Buffaloes Football Club, appeared before the independent Tribunal to answer the charge of striking player number 11 from Nightcliff Football Club in the second quarter of the TIO NTFL Men’s Premier League match between Darwin Buffaloes and Nightcliff at TIO Stadium on Saturday 9 January 2021.
Stokes entered a plea of not guilty to the charge which was originally classified as intentional conduct, low impact and high contact.
Upon reviewing the footage and the evidence placed before them, the Tribunal determined an alternative classification and amended the charge to be careless conduct, low impact and high contact.
Pursuant to 3.8 (c) in the 2020 State and Territory Tribunal Guidelines, Stokes was able to enter an early guilty plea to the amended charge.
In summary, the Tribunal sanctioned Stokes with a reprimand given the regrading took place and he took the early plea.