Brisbane Lions defender Dee Heslop has been handed a three-match suspension in a crushing blow to the membership’s AFLW finals aspirations.
- Dee Heslop’s suspension equals the longest handed down in AFLW historical past
- She was cited for a sling sort out that noticed Melbourne’s Rhi Watt concussed
- Heslop might have an opportunity to return later within the finals sequence
The tribunal’s determination equals the longest ban in AFLW historical past, matching Adelaide’s Najwa Allen’s suspension for tough conduct final yr.
Heslop was cited for a sling sort out that noticed Melbourne’s Rhi Watt knocked out in final Saturday evening’s match in Springfield.
Her solely probability of taking part in once more this season rests on the Lions shedding Saturday’s qualifying remaining towards the Adelaide Crows, then successful their subsequent two matches.
She would then be obtainable for the grand remaining.
Heslop’s sort out was graded as careless conduct, extreme affect and excessive contact and she or he was despatched on to the tribunal.
Wednesday evening’s listening to was instructed Watt, upon her head hitting the bottom, was instantly unconscious.
She has been dominated out of the Demons’ remaining towards North Melbourne on Sunday.
Watt might miss the next week ought to Melbourne advance, the tribunal heard.
The 22-year-old Heslop argued she didn’t sling Watt in a sort out however had your entire weight of the Demon on her as they fell to floor.
“It was simply an unlucky occasion, her hitting her head,” Heslop instructed the tribunal.
“I’ve simply gone to wrap her up, to make a sort out.
“I had no management, her momentum is falling again on me … I had all her physique weight on high of me.”
Fellow Lion Charlotte Mullins was cleared to play, overturning a one-match ban for placing Melbourne’s Shelley Heath.
Geelong’s Kate Darby can even miss her membership’s elimination remaining towards Essendon.
Darby was cited for tough conduct in a collision with Hawthorn’s Jas Fleming final weekend however described contact as inevitable after the Hawk instantly modified route.
The tribunal discovered her responsible of the cost, rated as careless conduct, medium affect and excessive contact.