Karmichael Hunt was all smiles after kicking his first goal for the Gold Coast Suns on Saturday night but the party has come to an abrupt end with the NRL recruit facing a one match ban for a bump on Geelong’s Nathan Vardy.
Hunt’s bump that saw the Geelong youngster on the ground for over a minute after the contact had occurred was deemed to high, negligent and of medium impact.
The bump was classified as a Level Two offence, drawing 250 demerit points and a two-match ban. Due to his good record an early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 187.50 points and a one-match ban.
North Melbourne’s Michael Firrito can also accept a one-match ban for a rough conduct charge. Firrito flattened Sydney’s Ryan O’Keefe more than 50m off the ball.
The incident was assessed as reckless conduct, low impact and body contact. The incident resulting in a classification of a Level One offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of 93.75 points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 218.75 points and a two-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 164.06 points and a one-match sanction.
Collingwood’s Cameron Wood can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record if he pleads early on a rough conduct charge against West Coast ruckman Dean Cox.
Luke Ball, also from Collingwood, can accept a reprimand and 45 points towards his future record for a level 1 tripping charge against West Coast’s Daniel Kerr if he pleads guilty and takes the early plea.
Fremantle’s Brett Peake can accept a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record with an early plea for a level 2 striking charge against Fremantle’s Dylan Roberton.
Colin Sylvia (Melbourne) and Rory Sloane (Adelaide) can both accept fines for making negligent contact with an umpire.