Riewoldt and McPharlin Found Guilty
St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt and Fremantle defender Luke McPharlin have both accepted one-match suspensions and will miss their respective matches in this weekend’s Round 19 of the 2011 AFL Toyota Premiership.
The Saints will fight to retain their position in the AFL top eight on Saturday night when they take on the bottom-ranked Suns at Metricon Stadium.
They will be without their five-time club champion captain, however, after Riewoldt was found guilty of a rough conduct charge, the 28-year-old not risking a possible three-match ban by contesting unsuccessfully.
Riewoldt accepted the ban for his conduct against Adelaide’s No. 15 Brad Symes during the opening quarter of St Kilda’s huge 127 – 24 victory over The Crows last Friday night.
The suspension is the first of his previously squeaky clean AFL career.
Tasmanian-born Riewoldt moved to the Gold Coast when he was nine and played for the Southport Sharks in the QSL before being recruited by St Kilda, meaning he will miss a clash against his home-town club on Saturday.
It is important that St Kilda secure the points with a win over the Gold Coast as they then have two tough matches against Fremantle (Round 20) and premiership favourites Collingwood (Round 21) in the coming weeks.
The Dockers currently sit seventh on the AFL ladder after their back-to-back losses to Sydney and West Coast.
Fremantle’s loss to the Eagles last Sunday was devastatingly close, just one point separating the two at the end of the 65 – 64 thriller.
This Saturday they play third-placed The Hawks in what will be a tough showdown at Patersons Stadium without key back and former Hawthorn player McPharlin.
McPharlin did not contest the charge of striking West Coast’s towering No. 17 Josh Kennedy and will miss the match against his ex-club.