Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Tackling an AFL Issue

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Tackling an AFL Issue

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IT'S been a big week for Gillon McLachlan.

In fact most weeks are big weeks for the AFL head honcho and none bigger than this week on the back of the Nic Naitanui tackle-gate on Port Adelaide's Karl Amon last Sunday.

Amon came off second-best but it should have been a free kick and not a one-game suspension.

Hawthorn's Tom Mitchell can jump up and hit Todd Goldstein in the head? Case dismissed.

And Ryan Burton deliberately knocks out Shaun Higgins. Case dismissed while Higgins was concussed and missed the following week's game.

Both cases were intentional and both got off scott free.

I'm sorry, but where's the consistency? Geelong's Joel Selwood punches the Power's Lindsay Thomas in the head.

Selwood got a one-game decision, but that was reversed and he was free to play.

Yes, Goldstein and Thomas were fine, BUT the intent was there.

Nicnat put in an aggressive tackle in a split-second moment to intimidate Amon.

Yes I'm a passionate Port Adelaide Power man, but that's irrelevant and AFL is a man's game and big players are there to intimidate and be aggressive. …

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