MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Travis Cloke of the Magpies takes off his glove at the end of the game during the round 15 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 2, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Does this prove Cloke’s glove gave him an advantage?

Travis Cloke’s controversial, unsanctioned glove, which he wore for two matches this season, before the AFL fined him and barred him from wearing it, was put to the test on the weekend by Channel 9’s Craig Hutchison.

Hutchy wore the glove on a segment on The Sunday Footy Show and demonstrated its advantages when catching a ball.

Cloke was fined $1,500 for wearing the glove and ordered to cease using it immediately.

However, with the glove appearing to give players a huge advantage, should Cloke have been given a harsher penalty?

The Pies’ forward, who has been in and out of the senior side this season, played his best game of the season wearing the glove, grabbing 12 marks and booting four goals against the Giants in Round 16.

While Cloke said he believed the glove was legal, that defence should not be acceptable.

It may seem a long bow to draw the comparison, but if Cloke gained an unfair advantage over his competitors by wearing the glove, then it is not dissimilar to a player taking a banned substance.

When a professional athlete is caught with a banned substance in their system, regardless of whether it is ingested knowingly or not, the athlete is given a ban.

Cloke should have been given a short suspension, perhaps only a few weeks. However, a fine of merely $1,500, does not fit the crime, particularly given the added advantage received when wearing the glove.

The standout game may have even saved Cloke’s career, with Richmond and the Western Bulldogs rumoured to be interested in signing the 29-year-old.

But there is no way Pies’ president Everywhere Eddie would admit to the huge advantage gained when wearing the glove.

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  1. Jake Chitty , Shane Fergus and Ilya Fridman
    Seriously FKN disgusting.. How this guy didn’t cop a week or anything is absolutely piss weak..
    Vince Micalizzi U and ur club are a disgrace

  2. Ironically if you look at the the first image in the article it is clearly evident that Cloke should have received a free kick for head high contact. If you want to play devils advocate, would Clock be a better player today if he had been given the appropriate protection from the umpires over the years and not ignored as has been the case in many instances? Umpiring in our game is inconsistent at best and our wonderful sport journalist like Hutchy have been owned by the AFL and have facilitated the situation by their silence.

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