Big, Bad Ben

A total of nine players have been handed down monetary fines by the AFL Tribunal following incidents in round sixteen.

The heaviest of those is to North Melbourne star Ben Cunnington who was whacked with a $5000 fine copping his fifth sanction for the season, after striking St Kilda’s Jade Gresham in North’s win in Hobart on Sunday afternoon.

The midfielder has now racked up $15,500 worth of fines so far in 2019, four incidents for striking and one for making careless contact with an umpire.

Howe Fortunate

Hawthorn’s Daniel Howe was lucky to escape with a $2000 fine after he kneed Scott Pendlebury in the face. The Magpies captain tackled Howe to the ground after the whistle and as a scuffle insued, the Hawk youngster raised his knee while both players were on the ground.

Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe was under the spotlight for two incidents. One offence he committed himself, catching Eagles midfielder Elliot Yeo high, attracting a rough conduct charge of $2000. He was also involved in an incident with Liam Duggen who copped a similar fine for rough conduct on the Dockers Brownlow Medalist.

From the same match, Fremantle’s Luke Ryan was cited for a sling tackle on Jarrod Cameron, although the motion of pulling back the arm (or chicken wing tackle) while the player was on the ground may have induced the $1000 sanction.

The Showdown also saw some spiteful incidents with a total of three players receiving penalties from the match. Port Adelaide pair Hamish Hartlett and Dougal Howard were both fined for striking ($1500 and $2000 respectively) while Crows defender Brodie Smith was slapped with a $2000 charge for rough conduct on Steven Motlop.

Essendon forward Shaun McKernan can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea after his low impact, high contact striking offense against Sydney’s Jordan Dawson.

Lucky Lewis

The AFL Tribunal must have been so busy collecting all the cash they forgot about Demon Jordan Lewis’ high bump on Blue Zac Fisher. The former Hawk appears to have escaped any punishment.