AFL Women’s Richmond Football Club Laura McClelland was given the biggest ban after she was charged with rough conduct against Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants Britt Tully during the fourth quarter of the match at Robertson Oval.
Michael Christian from the AFL Match Review Office gave McClelland a two-week suspension when she pushed Tully after disposing of the ball. Based on investigations, the incident was intentional conduct with medium impact and high contact. It was also classified as a $400 sanction.
The match turned out to be one of the worst of Richmond losing five consecutive times. On the other hand, it was recorded that it is the Giants’ biggest score (7.14) and biggest margin (45 points).
McClelland was drafted during the second selection in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft. She was also the captain of the Eastern Ranges NAB League.
Giants’ Britt Tully was drafted during the AFL Women’s draft in 2016 and made her debut during the 2017 season. In the same year, she was also ranked 3rd in the GWS Best and Fairest Gabriel Trainor Medal award.
On the other hand, AFL GWS Giants star Jeremy Cameron is also under investigation after an incident during Sunday’s March Community Series against Richmond.
It was seen that Tigers midfielder Kane Lambert was forced off the ground as Cameron landed on him. It basically happened when Cameron was chasing him towards the boundary during the second quarter of the match in Wagga Wagga. Due to concussion, Lambert was ruled out for the rest of the game.
‘The injury is when the ball crosses the boundary, Jeremy Cameron makes contact with the knee in the face’, commentator Mark Ricciuto stated. It was also reported that Cameron’s knee made contact with Lambert’s head.
Cameron is a superstar forward who was able to kick a total of 29 goals during his first season to be followed by a total of 69 goals the following season. With his outstanding performance on the field, he received his first All-Australian selection the same year. He has also received a Coleman Medal in 2019.
Lambert is a dual premiership player winning during the 2017 and 2019 season. He was also the 46th pick during the 2015 rookie draft in December 2014.
The punishment is not new to Cameron, he was actually found guilty of more than ten charges. One of it is a five-game ban for the infamous hit on Brisbane’s key defender Harris Andrews. The other is when he broke the cheekbone of Brisbane Rhys Mathieson during the 2016 season and missed four games in return.
Looking at the other side, GWS defeated Richmond by a total of 14 points with the help of Toby Greene who was able to score five goals.
‘It was good to get a good hit-out … I was lucky to get on the end of a few’, Greene said.
Giants coach Leon Cameron also said that he was satisfied with the squad’s performance but is still hoping that the team will not have any other injuries (referring to Tim Taranto’s shoulder reconstruction). The only concern for the pre-season clash is the collision between Cameron and Lambert.
To void Taranto’s long-term absence, Jackson Hately scored 29 disposals.
Richmond’s next match is the AFL’s season opener on March 19. On the other hand, the GWS will host Geelong Cats at the Giants Stadium on March 21.