Pickett out of Dreamtime game for bump on Moore

Richmond premiership hero Marlion Pickett will miss the Dreamtime game after failing to overturn a one-match ban for rough conduct.

The tribunal took about 20 minutes to throw out the Tigers’ case, which means Pickett will not be able to wear the Indigenous-themed jumper he and his partner designed for the blockbuster match against Essendon on Saturday night.

Marlion Pickett bumped Hawk Dylan Moore in the second quarter of Saturday’s match the MCG.Credit:AFL Photos

The Tigers had argued for contact to Hawthorn’s Dylan Moore to be graded low. They said the AFL’s change in interpretation for head-high contact to take in the potential to cause injury and be graded at a minimum of medium impact did not apply as he had made only “glancing” high contact to Moore.

Richmond counsel Sam Tovey cited an incident in the AFL’s guidelines between then Carlton forward Levi Casboult and Fremantle’s Alex Pearce last year, which was judged as “low impact”, arguing it had greater chance of causing injury than Pickett.

Grading his force as a three out of 10 and his speed as not greater than a four, Pickett said he had tucked his arm in and lowered his body to make a “safe and careful” shepherd.

The Tigers argued there was a “very good” reason why Moore, who did not receive further treatment and is available this week, was not hurt.

“It’s because Marlion Pickett did what he could to ensure there wasn’t,” Tovey told the tribunal.

“He was not travelling at extreme speed, he did not apply extreme force, he went low, he tucked in, stayed low to the ground. In short, he took reasonable steps to execute a perfect bump and aside from some secondary and glancing high contact that’s exactly what he did.”

Acting for the AFL, Nick Pane QC said the Casboult incident was not relevant as his momentum was significantly less than Pickett and contact was incidental, whereas the Tiger had made the decision to bump.

Pane said Pickett’s grading of his speed and force should not be considered, as Moore was hit with sufficient force to take him out of the field of play.

“It was more good luck than good technique that player Moore was not injured,” Pane said.

The tribunal agreed, saying the momentum of both players had created a potential to cause injury.

“Mr Pickett approached and executed the bump with momentum and Mr Moore himself was moving with momentum,” the tribunal found.

“There was a realistic potential for a head, facial or concussive injury. We did not consider the Casboult example was sufficiently comparable as the circumstances and momentum of the players were different to that here.”

Meanwhile, the AFL has been criticised for not handing out a stiffer penalty to West Coast forward Liam Ryan for his hit on Melbourne’s Jake Bowey.

Sydney great Jude Bolton was bemused Melbourne youngster Kade Chandler was handed a two-game ban for an errant tackle while Ryan escaped with one match for bumping instead of tackling.

Chandler’s offence was a football act, Bolton said, which caused injury whereas Ryan’s was not but did not hurt his opponent.

“We’re judging the outcome rather than the action,” Bolton said referring to Chandler’s tackle, which left West Coast’s Luke Foley dazed and needing to undergo the AFL’s concussion protocols.

“It’s a footy act.

“If you look at the Liam Ryan one, to get less than that in the same week, that feels like the potential to cause injury and action should be punished.”

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