North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell backs coach David Noble; St Kilda’s Jack Higgins concussion return stalled
The Dockers said the case involving Riewoldt in 2019, where he was fined $1,500 on the lowest misconduct charge for his tackle on Bayley Fritsch, was most relevant to Switkowski.
Selwood was offered a one-match ban for his dangerous tackle on North Melbourne’s Sam Wright in 2015, while Judd was banned for four matches in 2012 for his tackle on North’s Leigh Adams.
The AFL said these incidents were not relevant comparisons because Switkowski’s repeated lifting of Ginnivan’s arm and position over the magpie constituted a more serious transgression than the Riewoldt and Selwood cases.
Andrew Woods, for the AFL, said a minimum two-match ban should apply to send a message to the football community that Switkowski’s act was “unsportsmanlike”.
The court panel of Gleeson, Paul Williams and Wayne Henwood agreed, but took into account the player’s guilty plea and a strong character reference from Dockers football boss Peter Bell not to give further punishment. heavy.
“We consider the manner in which Switkowski maneuvered Ginnivan’s arm … was intentional, unsportsmanlike and dangerous,” Gleeson said.
“This clearly had the potential to cause significant injury and injury to Mr. Ginnivan’s shoulder and/or elbow given the two movements and the extent to which Mr. Ginnivan’s arm was forced upwards . It was surprising that no injury resulted.
“It was not just an act of misconduct, but recognized as a serious act of misconduct. In our view, the appropriate penalty is a two-week suspension.
“It will be apparent that in the absence of a full guilty plea the penalty would have been greater.”
Higgins makes progress in return from concussion, only to enter protocols
By Andrew Wu
St Kilda striker Jack Higgins will miss at least one more game after being ruled out of the Saints’ clash with North Melbourne due to health and safety protocols.
Higgins missed the Saints’ win over Adelaide with a concussion and is making “good progress” in his recovery, but the club have not set a timetable for when he can return.
The live striker has been instrumental in the Saints’ rise this season with 16 goals in eight games, including two with minimal involvement due to a concussion.
The Saints have the bye next week before facing the Brisbane Lions in Round 13 at the Gabba.
Carlton defender Caleb Marchbank, meanwhile, avoided a knee injury after injury at the weekend.
The unlucky backman did not play in the second half of the Blues’ VFL game against Sandringham on Sunday after a second quarter knee clash.
Scans have cleared Marchbank of injury and there remains a chance to take to the pitch this week in the VFL. Otherwise, he will be available to play the week after the Blues leave the AFL/VFL.
The last number is not on the knee he had pieced together last year. The highly talented Marchbank last played an AFL game in Round 16, 2019 but has since been plagued with serious neck and knee injuries.
The Blues lack great defenders, having lost Mitch McGovern, Oscar McDonald and Luke Parks to long-term injuries, while Liam Jones retired last year after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Jack Martin and Jack Newnes are both in line to return from injury to face Collingwood on Sunday.
Uncapped ruckman Alex Mirkov will miss a week after injuring his ankle late against the Zebras.
I love ‘Nobes’ as a coach: Ziebell
By Alexander Dabb
Jack Ziebell has confirmed he has “no concerns” about David Noble’s position as North Melbourne manager.
Ziebell said on Tuesday that the group of players remain committed to Noble and the system he is putting in place at the club.
“I love ‘Nobes’ as a manager, he has created one of the safest environments at our football club over the last 18 months, there is a lot of learning going on here inside from the four walls, it’s really impressive to see,” the Kangaroos said. skipper.
“I get the feeling from the outside, [with] the way he does it. But the way, for me, he coaches has been fantastic. He pulls a lot from our squad, he provides a lot of opportunities for our players to learn, and we are learning a lot of lessons now that will hold us very well in the next 12, 18, 24 months.
Ziebell added he felt “lucky” to have been able to represent the club in 250 games, a milestone he will celebrate this Sunday against St Kilda.
“I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would get to this point in my career,” he said. “It was a great journey and I had some fantastic memories along the way, and [there’s] I hope a few more will arrive.
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