Two Cats suspended as MRO lays seven charges

GEELONG will be without two key players against Brisbane this weekend, with Aasta O'Connor accepting a two-week suspension for striking and fellow tall Maddie Boyd taking a one-week ban for rough conduct.

O'Connor was charged with striking Carlton's Nicola Stevens in the first quarter of their match on Saturday, with the incident assessed as intentional conduct with medium impact to the head.

As well as this weekend's match, the forward/ruck will also miss a game against Fremantle.

Boyd was charged with rough conduct against Blue Jessica Hosking, with the clash deemed careless conduct with medium impact to the head.

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The AFLW Tribunal will not sit this weekend, with all other players who were offered reprimands accepting them.

Carlton's Sarah Hosking can accept a $400 fine with an early plea for making forceful front-on contact against Cat Jordan Ivey in the first quarter. The incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head. 

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It was Hosking's second classifiable offence this season, and as such the penalty was a fine, rather than a reprimand.

This is the first time this has happened since the rules were changed in the off-season.

Previously, if AFLW players were charged with two classifiable offences in the one season, they would receive a one-match suspension, as Western Bulldogs captain Katie Brennan did ahead of the 2018 Grand Final.

Brisbane's Jordan Zanchetta can accept a reprimand after engaging in rough conduct against Bulldog Kimberley Rennie in the last term of their match on Saturday night.

Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head.

Adelaide's Dayna Cox was charged with engaging in rough conduct against Docker Ashlee Atkins in the third quarter of the match in Darwin on Saturday night, and has accepted a reprimand.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the body.

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Sharni Layton has also accepted a reprimand for striking Giant Louise Stephenson during the fourth quarter of the Magpies' loss in Morwell on Sunday.

Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the body.

Melbourne's Tegan Cunningham was charged with striking Kangaroo Jessica Duffin. She has accepted a reprimand for the incident.

The MRO also assessed contact between Zanchetta and Bulldog Ellie Blackburn, saying there was "inevitable contact" between Zachetta's shoulder and Blackburn's head.

"It was the view of the MRO that Zanchetta didn't elect to bump and her actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances. No further action was taken."

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