As the Hawks looked to move the ball into attack, a kick inside 50 to Koschitzke saw the Hawthorn-listed forward get first hands to the ball before being met with a swinging arm from Tsitas in a spoiling attempt.
Giving up 15cms to Koschitzke, Tsitas was late to the contest and would have an outstretched right arm make high contact with an airborne Koschitzke.
The Hawks spearhead fell to the ground and looked in some discomfort before rising to his feet and slotting a set shot.
The incident spells some concern for Tsitas however, with the 28-year-old now unlikely to play in the Suns' next match, which very well could be a grand final at Ikon Park next week against Werribee.
The late and high hit on Koschitzke is likely to gain the scrutiny of the VFL's Match Review Panel, who will likely grade the Suns player's actions as careless conduct and high contact, with the level of impact a concern for Tsitas.
A 'medium' impact grading will rule the mature-aged recruit out of action for one game, while a potentially likely 'high' grading would double that suspension length.
If the Suns make it through to the #VFL Grand Final, it could be a nervous wait for James Tsitas...
The midfielder caught Jacob Koschitzke high - Koschitzke popped back up and kicked the goal. pic.twitter.com/pxKqxOldiH
— 7AFL (@7AFL) September 16, 2023
After winning the minor premiership, the Suns are favoured to book their ticket for the season decider, which will take place on Sunday, September 24 at Princes Park.
If the Suns are unable to secure a win over the Hawks, then Tsitas will be suspended for the start of next season. The Gold Coast midfielder is currently unsigned at Carrara for 2024 however.
Tsitas was one of the Suns' best performers prior to the 1st quarter incident, recording 10 disposals and five clearances before the first break.