Written by AFL Online on 2nd Apr 2012
Matthew Scarlett (Geelong) and Hayden Ballantyne (Fremantle) are set to face penalties for their actions in the game on Saturday night at Patersons Stadium. Scarlett may miss several games for punching Ballantyne in the chin during the third quarter. Ballantyne recovered enough to kick a goal that contributed to the Dockers four-point win against the Cats.
The Match Review Panel is also likely to access Ballantyne’s off-the-ball attack on Geelong mid-fielder Paul Chapman, who was left throwing-up as a result of the contact.
Following the match Geelong Coach Chris Scott said that the rough play may have been a result of such a high-pressure game. He pointed out that although some antagonism occurs, the rules state that players are not allowed to react to it.
The win places Fremantle in eighth position on the ladder, leaving the Cats in eleventh spot
after Round One.