The Adelaide Crows have confirmed they will appeal the three-match ban handed to forward Shane McAdam for his brutal hit on GWS’s Jacob Wehr.
McAdam was sent straight to the tribunal for the hit, which the match review officer graded as careless, with severe impact and high contact.
“The club’s legal counsel argued there was not any forceful or significant contact with Wehr’s head and the impact was not severe,” a statement from the club says.
The appeal will be heard on Thursday.
McAdam’s bump on Wehr was one of three thrust into the spotlight in round one, along with Swans veteran Lance Franklin’s on the Gold Coast’s Sam Collins, and Demons firebrand Kysaiah Pickett’s on Bailey Smith.
While McAdam was sent straight to the tribunal, the Swans and Demons were both offered early pleas, which both accepted.
Franklin’s bump on Collins was classified as high contact and careless contact, but only a medium impact which resulted in the smaller penalty. He will serve one game.
Pickett was hit with a careless conduct, high impact and high contact charge, and will serve two.
The Crows used both Franklin’s and Pickett’s bumps as examples, but bizarrely, the jury dismissed the Pickett example, deeming it to be a more “glancing impact” – dispute Pickett also launching himself into Smith.
McAdam’s advocate Tom Duggan said given that, the Crows were “surprised” about the classification.
“The reality is that in this case…there was no injury at all,” Duggan said.
“It is surely a material fact that there was no injury when considering whether the impact was severe.”
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