Five players from Saturday's action have been charged by the AFL's Match Review Officer, with Adelaide sharpshooter Taylor Walker and Gold Coast co-captain Jarrod Witts narrowly avoiding suspensions for rough conduct.

Walker was one of two Crows players to be cited by the MRO for Round 16, with young defender Josh Worrell (engaging in a melee) also being handed a fine from Saturday's win over North Melbourne.

Worrell can accept a $1,000 fine (reduced from $1,500) with an early plea, while Walker can accept a $2,000 (reduced from $3,000) for a rough conduct charge involving Kanagroo Tarryn Thomas.

The MRO graded Walker's actions as intentional conduct, body contact and low impact, resulting in a financial sanction rather than a suspension.

Elsewhere, Witts can also accept a $2,000 fine with an early plea for his third-quarter incident involving Collingwood's Taylor Adams during Saturday's clash at Heritage Bank Stadium.

The incident has been graded as careless conduct, low impact and high contact, with Witts avoiding a suspension through the rough conduct charge.

Teammate Noah Anderson can also accept a reduced $1,000 fine with an early plea for engaging in a melee during the second quarter of his side's defeat.

Lastly, Bulldog Cody Weightman has been hit with a $1,500 fine after being charged with misconduct, with the small forward able to accept a reduced $1,000 fine with an early plea.

The charge comes after an incident involving Weightman and Fremantle defender Brennan Cox from Saturday's match at Marvel Stadium.

The five charges for Round 16 follow Brisbane forward Lincoln McCarthy's one-game suspension for striking Richmond's Kamdyn McIntosh during Thursday's match at the Gabba.

Brisbane confirmed on Monday that the club have accepted the striking charge, which was graded as intentional conduct, low impact and high contact.

McCarthy will miss his side's upcoming match against West Coast and will be in line to return to action in Round 18 against Melbourne.


  1. … so a Nth Melb player (Coleman-Jones) makes no attempt at the ball – and collides in the air with great speed into Murray’s head…… and that is not reportable?

    Says it all.

    A player can be “reported” for remonstrating against the sniping of a teammate (Worrel – all credit to him) but the gutless sniper gets off scott-free…..

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