IT HAS been a successful night at the AFL tribunal for the Gold Coast SUNS.
Defender Steven May will take his spot as a key pillar of the SUNS’ back six against Hawthorn on Saturday night after successfully challenging his one-match ban for engaging in rough conduct.
The SUNS’ website explains, May was cited by the AFL Match Review Panel after his clash with Brisbane Lions midfielder Dayne Zorko. The key issues for the tribunal were whether May made contact with Zorko’s head and if the SUNS defender had any realistic alternative to the bump.
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“My shoulder and chest made contact with his shoulder and chest. Our heads did not clash,” May told the tribunal.
“I made first contact with his shoulder and chest region and if I did get him in the head it would have been minimal contact,” he added.
“I felt it was too late to tackle him as the ball was about to leave his boot. I don’t think I had an alternative.”
After several minutes of deliberation, the jury concluded May did not engage in rough conduct and he was subsequently cleared of the charge.
The Gold Coast hosts defending premiers Hawthorn at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.