Dylan Shiel will miss 2 matches for rough conduct over the bump that floored North Melbournes Curtis Taylor after the Essendon star was not successful in appealing the seriousness of his suspension at the AFL tribunal.
Dylan Shiels hearing where he appealed against the severity of his restriction lasted over two-and-a-half hours
Shiel was handed a two-match restriction for a bump on Curtis Taylor
Ben Long did not contest his suggested ban during his short hearing.( AAP: Michael Dodge) Earlier on Tuesday night, St Kildas Ben Long pleaded guilty to a rough conduct charge over the bump that concussed Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy and was prohibited for three matches.
The 22-year-old did not contest the careless conduct, high effect and severe effect grading of the occurrence, however argued Darcy quickly dropping to his knees had actually contributed to the high contact.
St Kildas Ben Long received a three-match ban after pleading guilty to a rough-conduct charge
The jury on Tuesday night concurred with the match review officers initial grading of the incident as reckless conduct, high contact and high impact, and stated: “It was lucky the consequences were not higher.”
Taylor played out the match on Saturday night after passing a concussion test and scans later on cleared him of structural damage.
In an unusual hearing that lasted more than two-and-a-half hours, Essendons main argument centred around their belief that the effect grading ought to be decreased from high to medium or low.
Essendons legal counsel Adrian Anderson likewise raised a notorious incident from the 2017 initial final, where Shiel was struck high by Richmonds Trent Cotchin.
Cotchin was cleared of misdeed, playing in the Tigers premiership the following week, and Shiel said that event had altered the way he contests the ball to focus more on safeguarding himself.
In a last-ditch attempt to reduce the ban, Essendon contacted Port Adelaide premiership coach Mark Williams to offer a character recommendation for Shiel.
Williams was among Shiels coaches at Greater Western Sydney and his child is the players long-lasting partner.
Dylan Shiel will miss matches versus the Bulldogs and Adelaide.( AAP: Michael Dodge) But the jury comprised of previous AFL players Stephen Jurica, Shane Wakelin and David Neitz was eventually comfortable with the bumps high effect grading and the two-match ban
The jury made note of the bumps capacity to cause injury, Taylors vulnerable position, Shiel reaching the contest at speed, the significant force involved and the truth Taylor was tested for concussion.
Shiel will now miss out on Essendons conferences with the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide before he is offered for choice once again in round 9.
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Both the AFL and St Kilda agreed three weeks was a suitable penalty.
Darcy was concussed by Longs bump and played no further part in the match on Saturday, which was won in dramatic fashion by the Dockers.
The Dockers medical report the day after the match likewise kept in mind Darcy had moderate continuous neck pain and concussion signs.
The ruckman remains in doubt for Fremantles clash with cross-town rivals West Coast on Sunday.
Long will miss out on the Saints conferences with Adelaide and Port Adelaide in South Australia next week, along with a round nine component that has not yet been arranged.
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