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Trengove blow as Port loses key defender

Joel Selwood reacts after a tussle with Jackson Trengove. Picture: Daniel Kalisz (Getty Images)

ANDREW CAPELThe Advertiser

PORT Adelaide key defender Jackson Trengove is poised to miss Saturday’s must-win clash against Richmond — and a potential duel with star forward Jack Riewoldt — after he was yesterday punished for his behind-the-play hit on Geelong captain Joel Selwood.

And the Tigers are also likely to be without a key backman with their best player Alex Rance offered a two-match ban for his crude hit on Melbourne’s Jack Watts.

Trengove can accept a one-match suspension with an early plea after the AFL match review panel charged him with striking Selwood during the second quarter of the Power’s eight-goal loss to Geelong.

His strike was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the head.

The incident was classified as a two-match ban but can be reduced to one game with an early plea, meaning that if he accepts it he will miss Port’s game against fellow struggler Richmond at the MCG.

The Tigers have copped an even bigger blow with All-Australian defender Rance handed a three-match ban, which can be reduced to two with an early plea, for his strike to the back of Watts’ head in Sunday’s loss to Melbourne.

The Power’s most influential player this season, Robbie Gray, dodged an MRP bullet when he was charged for rough conduct against Cat Tom Ruggles but handed only a $1500 fine — rather than a suspension — with an early plea.

But the Port star is now walking a Brownlow Medal tightrope, after he was also fined last week for striking GWS’s Callan Ward.

His next minor offence will earn him a one-match ban and rule him out of Brownlow contention.

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Six Power players will be lighter in the pocket this week after they were fined for the quarter-time melee against the Cats.

Half-back Jasper Pittard copped the biggest fine ($2500 reduced to $1500 with an early plea) for being the instigator of the melee.

Trengove, captain Travis Boak, vice-captain Hamish Hartlett, Jimmy Toumpas and Cam O’Shea all were handed $1000 fines with early pleas.

Selwood, Ruggles and their Geelong teammates Mark Blicavs, Corey Enright, Tom Hawkins, Josh Caddy, Nakia Cockatoo and Rhys Stanley also copped $1000 fines for their involvement in the melee.

Port defender Tom Jonas was cleared for the knee-in-the-back incident which felled former Crow Patrick Dangerfield and sparked the melee.

The MRP deemed Jonas was making a legitimate attempt to mark the ball and that contact was not unreasonable in the circumstances.

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