AFL: Match Review Panel charges Docker duo Walters and McCarthy


Fremantle’s Michael Walters tussles with Geelong’s Tom Ruggles during their round 1 clash at Subiaco Oval on Sunday. Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images
Fremantle’s Michael Walters tussles with Geelong’s Tom Ruggles during their round 1 clash at Subiaco Oval on Sunday. Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images

FREMANTLE failed to fire on the scoreboard but two players face a nasty hit to the hip pocket following Sunday’s 42-point loss to Geelong.

Michael Walters was charged by the AFL’s Match Review Panel (MRP) for engaging in a melee during the second quarter of the match but can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Greater Western Sydney recruit Cam McCarthy copped the same charge and, like Walters, can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Things had threatened to boil over, with Dockers and Cats players scuffling on the boundary fence.

Like his opponents, Geelong recruit Zach Tuohy was charged for engaging in the melee.

He can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern is free to play in round 2 after the MRP assessed high contact on North Melbourne’s Jarrad Waite in the third quarter of yesterday’s match between the two sides.

“The panel said the ball was loose with the players McGovern and Waite seeking to contest the ball,” an AFL spokesman said.

“McGovern has his right arm down to reach for the ball when high contact was made to Waite and a free kick was paid to the North Melbourne player.

“It was the view of the panel that McGovern was contesting the ball and no further action was required.”

West Coast won the match by 43 points.