Carlton will challenge Jack Martin’s striking charge for a high hit on Sydney’s Nick Blakey that saw the AFL’s Match Review Officer hand down a two-game ban after the incident was graded as careless conduct, high contact and high impact.
The suspension has meant Martin won’t partake in the Blues’ semi-final against Melbourne next weekend and a further final should they progress, however the Blues have confirmed they’ll head to the Tribunal in the hope of freeing Martin or reducing the ban to one game.
Martin gained Michael Christian’s attention after his swinging arm made high contact with Blakey. The incident occurred in the opening quarter of Friday night’s thriller at the MCG, with Blakey over the ball in gaining possession as Martin approached from the side in a tackling motion.
His outstretched right arm swung across and into Blakey, with Martin’s wrist/forearm crashing into Blakey’s head and leaving the Swans backman dazed.
Blakey was soon in the hands of club trainers and made his way off the field and down into Sydney’s changerooms for further assessment. He was soon cleared to return to play, ultimately lasting the remainder of the match.
Blakey was a standout for the Swans in their narrow defeat, with Carlton coach Michael Voss, who was in the vicinity of the incident on the sidelines, speaking on the defender’s impact after the win.
“It happened right in front of me. I didn’t actually see the incident outside of just what happened. I thought (Blakey) was a bit winded,” Voss said post-game.
“Obviously came back on pretty strong, Blakey played that second half alright. So he obviously played it out pretty well.”
The Blues’ challenge will see Martin join Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard in pleading his case after the Pie was referred directly to the Tribunal for a minimum of three matches for his hit on Melbourne’s Jacob van Rooyen.
Meanwhile, Swan Tom Papley was slapped with a $1500 fine (with a guilty plea) for making careless contact with an umpire.