Toby Greene facing ban after wild incident

Screen grab of GWS Toby Greene kicking Western Bulldogs
Luke Dahlhaus in the face

GREATER Western Sydney have strengthened their grip
on a top-two finish with an emphatic 48-point AFL win over
the Western Bulldogs.

The Giants led a see-sawing contest on Friday night by four
points at halftime then surged to a 16.9 (105) to 7.15 (57) win
at Etihad Stadium on the back of six unanswered goals in the
third quarter.

But midfielder Toby Greene found himself in hot water yet
again, and was reported for the third time this season.

The GWS star was pulled up for rough conduct, following a
“karate kick” on Western Bulldogs player Luke Dahlhaus.

Green took possession while striking out with his boot to the
face of the Dogs’ player while in the air. Dahlhaus was left
bleeding after the incident and was rushed from the ground.

On-field incidents continue to spark debate, as Patrick
Dangerfield and Brodie Grundy have both been suspended in
recent weeks for making contact with the head and injuring
opponents.

AFL legend Paul Roos condemned the actions of Greene, who could
now miss the first week of the finals, given his poor judiciary
record.

“Why are we even debating it?,” Roos told Fox Footy.

“That’s not a football action. He has to go for something, you
cannot allow that to happen on a football field.

“If it’s a marking contest your able to protect yourself, and
to be fair, it’s unlikely the guy is going to charge at you —
that’s not a natural football act. There has to be
consequences.”

Toby Greene of the Giants signals to the umpire that he was going for a mark after an incident.

Toby Greene of the Giants
signals to the umpire that he was going for a mark after
an incident.
Source:Getty Images

But fellow AFL legend Dermot Brereton defended Greene, saying
the player was simply trying to protect himself, but got it
wrong.

“If that’s Zaine Cordy running at him, he gets him in the
chest,” Brereton said.

“Do we have anything to talk about? I’ve been to enough
tribunals, they take height into it.”

“You can mark and put your boot in the back on somebody.

“If someone is running at you with the flight on the ball, you
can put your knee straight into their throat. That’s legal.”

Greene will now be at the mercy of the match review panel.

If it’s ruled as intentional and medium impact it is a three
week suspension, meaning he will miss the first week of the
finals. Careless and medium impact would be a two week
suspension.

Social media was certainly mixed on the incident.

Outside of the Greene incident, GWS were impressive. Jonathon
Patton set the tone early with three first-quarter goals — he
finished with four — as the visitors established a 10-point
lead at the first break.

The Bulldogs managed to snatch the momentum back in a
blistering opening to the second quarter, but wasted their
dominance with wasteful kicking for goal. Luke Beveridge’s men
led the inside-50 count 18-1 at one stage, but only managed 3.6
for the term to trail by four points at halftime.

Dylan Shiel (30 possessions), Josh Kelly (25 disposals and two
goals) and Stephen Coniglio (25 touches) were important as the
Giants made their move in the third.

Greene, who was loudly booed by most of the 30,672 fans
throughout, booted his second goal shortly after his clash with
Dahlhaus.

Players remonstrate with Toby Greene of the Giants after an incident with Luke Dahlhaus.

Players remonstrate with Toby
Greene of the Giants after an incident with Luke
Dahlhaus.
Source:Getty Images

Kelly added two of his own in the telling quarter as GWS leapt
out to a 38-point lead at the last change.

With the sting out of the game, Tory Dickson scored the
Bulldogs’ first goal of the second half, 24 minutes into the
final term, but it was far too little too late.

– With AAP

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