Western Bulldogs players Libby Birch, Emma Kearney and Kirsten McLeod have each accepted a reprimand after being cited by the Match Review Panel following a review of Sunday’s game.
Birch was charged for rough conduct against Moana Hope during the second quarter of Sunday’s match. The incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head and was classified as a one match-sanction, but with an early plea Birch is free to play against GWS this weekend.
Midfielder Emma Kearney was charged for misconduct against Britt Bonnici during the second quarter of Sunday’s game, but because it was her first offence, the MRP have offered her a reprimand..
Teammate Kirsten McLeod was also cited for tripping Collingwood defender, Chloe Molloy during the second quarter of the match. The incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. This incident was also classified as a one-match sanction, whereby McLeod can accept an early plea.
For the AFLW competition, a player can accept a reprimand with an early plea. Separate to changes made to the MRP for the AFL competition in 2018, the player can appear before the Tribunal without a financial cost to the club but would risk a one-match sanction.