Geelong forward Tom Hawkins will miss his side’s preliminary final with Richmond next weekend, after being handed a one-match ban for his hit on West Coast defender Will Schofield on Friday night.
Hawkins caught Schofield high with a swinging arm during the third quarter of the Cats’ win, and has been rubbed out of next week’s match.
The AFL’s Match Review statement had to following to say on Hawkins’ suspension.
Tom Hawkins, Geelong Cats, has been charged with Striking Will Schofield, West Coast Eagles, during the third quarter of the Semi Final match between the Geelong Cats and the West Coast Eagles, played at the MCG on Friday September 13.
In summary he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.
Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as Intentional Conduct with Low Impact and High Contact. The incident was classified as a one-match sanction.
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— AFL.com.au (@AFLcomau) September 13, 2019