Very light sentence imo
AFL bans Carlton's Setanta O'hAilpin for four games
CARLTON'S Setanta O'hAilpin was yesterday suspended by the AFL's match review panel for the first four rounds of the premiership season after his attack on teammate Cameron Cloke in an intra-club match last Friday.
But his availability for senior selection remains open-ended as he is also under an indefinite club suspension and has been banned from club activities. O'hAilpin must also undergo an anger management course with the club's sports psychologist.
During a spiteful off-the-ball clash lasting several seconds, O'hAilpin appeared to punch Cloke to the head with a right cross then a swinging left fist which dropped the former Collingwood player. Cloke was then kicked in the buttock as the ruckman lay face down on the ground.
The review panel found O'hAilpin guilty of intentionally striking and kicking Cloke and he accepted the four-match penalty, reduced from five games because of his early guilty plea.
Demerit points for both offences were added together to reach the penalty.
The panel assessed his strike charge as medium impact, rather than severe or high, while his kicking action was judged at the bottom end of the scale, at low impact.
O'hAilpin is free to continue to play in any NAB Cup game or practice match, but that will depend on whether the Blues lift their internal suspension.
Carlton last night said its suspension remained in place, but would be reviewed later this week following discussions between the player, the club and the leadership group.
O'hAilpin has been barred from attending the club's community camp in Seymour this week and will train with VFL affiliate club the Northern Bullants.
New Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell could miss the rest of his club's NAB Cup campaign, and possibly the start of the season proper, after being charged with rough conduct against West Coast newcomer Patrick McGinnity.
Maxwell laid a front-on bump in the opening quarter of Saturday night's NAB Cup opener in Perth, which resulted in McGinnity fracturing his jaw.
Maxwell's previous poor tribunal record, plus carryover points, could cost him severely.
He can accept a three-match suspension if he pleads guilty to the charge.
The panel assessed the incident as negligent conduct, high impact, and high contact, drawing 325 demerit points.