West Coast's Tom Barrass Offered One-Match Suspension for Tackle on Fremantle's Michael Walters

West Coast's Tom Barrass faces 1-match ban for dangerous tackle, while GWS duo Toby Greene and Jesse Hogan also suspended, highlighting AFL's crackdown on player safety.

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West Coast's Tom Barrass Offered One-Match Suspension for Tackle on Fremantle's Michael Walters

West Coast's Tom Barrass Offered One-Match Suspension for Tackle on Fremantle's Michael Walters

West Coast defender Tom Barrass has been offered a one-match suspension by the AFL Match Review Officer for a dangerous tackle on Fremantle's Michael Walters during their Round 6 match on Saturday night. The incident was graded as careless conduct, medium impact, and high contact.

The tackle occurred in the third quarter of the match, with Barrass wrapping his arms around Walters' neck and shoulders as he brought him to the ground. Walters was able to get up and play on after the incident. The AFL has been cracking down on dangerous tackles in 2024, with similar incidents involving Brisbane's Charlie Cameron and GWS's Toby Greene earlier in the season.

West Coast coach Adam Simpson commented on the tackle after the match, saying, "I didn't see it fully, but I hope Tom gets off. He's a good guy and it didn't look too bad from what I saw." If Barrass accepts the one-match ban, he will miss West Coast's Round 7 match against Melbourne.

In addition to Barrass, two GWS Giants players also received suspensions from the MRO for incidents in their loss to Carlton on Saturday. Captain Toby Greene was handed a one-match ban for rough conduct on Carlton's Jordan Boyd, which was graded as careless conduct, medium impact, and high contact. Forward Jesse Hogan also received a one-match suspension for striking Carlton defender Lewis Young, graded as intentional conduct, low impact, and high contact.

GWS coach Adam Kingsley expressed frustration with Greene's suspension, arguing that he was simply contesting the ball in the marking contest with Boyd. However, the incident drew comparisons to the one that resulted in Essendon's Peter Wright receiving a four-match ban earlier this season.

Several other players received fines from the MRO for various offenses in Round 6. Geelong's Brandan Parfitt was fined $3,750 for striking Brisbane's Josh Dunkley, while teammate Jeremy Cameron received a $2,500 fine for tripping Hugh McCluggage. Carlton's George Hewett and GWS midfielder Tom Green were both fined $1,500 for careless contact with umpires.

Why this matters: The suspensions to Barrass, Greene, and Hogan come at a critical time in the season for their respective teams. West Coast and GWS will be without key players for important upcoming matches as they look to keep their finals hopes alive.

The incidents also highlight the AFL's continued focus on cracking down on dangerous play and protecting player safety. With several high-profile suspensions already handed out in 2024, players will need to be increasingly mindful of their conduct on the field to avoid costly bans that can hurt their teams.

Key Takeaways

  • West Coast's Tom Barrass offered 1-match ban for dangerous tackle on Walters.
  • GWS's Toby Greene and Jesse Hogan also suspended 1 match each for incidents.
  • AFL cracking down on dangerous play, protecting player safety in 2024 season.
  • Suspensions come at critical time, hurting teams' finals hopes.
  • Players must be mindful of conduct to avoid costly bans that impact teams.