Tue, Aug 1, 12:18pm by Staff Writer
Patrick Dangerfield has accepted a one-match ban for a tackle on Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer, which means he’s ineligible to become the first back-to-back winner of the league’s highest individual honour since Robert Harvey in 1998.
“Danger’s” club Geelong had until 11am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday to appeal the sentence, but after consulting lawyers and even a Queen’s Counsel to assess the likelihood of an appeal succeeding, they opted not to challenge the ban.
If the Cats had chosen to challenge the ban they would have risked Dangerfield missing a second match for an unsuccessful appeal, with Friday night’s clash against Sydney followed by a crunch game against top-four rival Richmond in Round 21.
The one-match ban was handed down for a tackle the Geelong midfielder made on Carlton’s Matthew Kreuzer, that left the Blues ruckman concussed.
The reigning Brownlow medallist was well on track to repeat his heroics of last season, as a $2 favourite, but that has now been passed onto Richmond’s Dustin Martin, who’s moved in from $2.10 to an almost unbackable $1.22.
The medal now seems the Richmond star’s to lose, Martin finished third to Dangerfield last year, and has had an even better season this year, averaging over 30 touches, and 1.3 goals per game.
If Martin salutes, it will only increase the free agent’s value, given that the 26-year-old is out of contract at season’s end, and his manager, Ralph Carr has announced that all contract talks with the Tigers would be put off until after the season.
A number of rival clubs, including North Melbourne, have expressed interest in luring Martin out of Punt Rd at the end of this season.
Dustin Martin $1.22
Tom Mitchell $5
Zach Merrett $13
Josh Kelly (GWS) $31
Rory Sloane $34
Joel Selwood $34
Gary Ablett $51
Josh P. Kennedy $51
Marcus Bontempelli $51
Clayton Oliver $67.00
Elliot Yeo $81
Chad Wingard $101
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