Roos defender accepts fine for rough conduct on Crows star

NORTH Melbourne defender Tahlia Randall is the only player charged by the MRO after round five of the NAB AFLW season.

Randall has accepted a $400 fine with an early guilty plea after being charged with engaging in rough conduct against Adelaide co-captain Erin Phillips.

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The incident, a tackle in the fourth quarter which saw Randall drive Phillips towards the turf while her arms were partially pinned, was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head.

As the incident is Randall's second classifiable offence within the same AFLW season (she was charged with rough conduct against Elle Bennetts in round two), the penalty is a fine rather than a reprimand.

In previous seasons, 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.

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Two other incidents were assessed by the MRO:

  • Contact between Lion Shannon Campbell and Cat Kate Darby. Campbell went to ground attempting to gather the ball, with the ball slipping underneath her body. Campbell's head made contact with Darby's knee as the Lion turned to retrieve the ball. The MRO assessed the contact as accidental
  • Contact between Bulldog Libby Birch and Docker Kellie Gibson. Players clashed heads as both attempted to gather the ball. The MRO assessed that both players were contesting the ball and Birch had no alternative way to do so. 

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