Those of you who had money on Dusty Martin to win the 2019 Brownlow Medal can say adios to that money, unless your punt was with one of the generous bookies that will forgive your lapse of judgement.
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Originally handed a two-game hiatus for his strike on the Giants’ Adam Kennedy, but the charge was cut in half, due in part to the slick negotiating skills of Richmond.
After the hearing in front of the tribunal to contest the two-game suspension dealt to Martin by Michael Christian, Richmond head of football Neil Balme told reporters, “It was pretty tough and he still gets a week which is a bit sad, but it was a good hearing and they listened to us.”
Balme might not share in the blame for the incident in the Tigers’ loss to GWS, but he obviously knows he was around the negotiating table, as it would seem his positive comments with regard to the tribunal might earn some capital for the next time one of the Tigers mauls an opposition player.
Martin, according to Balme, needs to learn to maintain his composure in dealing with the taggers the other clubs are deploying in the attempt to contain Martin.
“He’s just got to take a breath; he’s a very, very good player,” Balme said. “He gets the treatment because that’s what he is, so he has just got to get past it.”
Missing the upcoming Round 4 match with Port Adelaide comes at the most inopportune of moments. The Tigers have had a horror start to the 2019 Toyota AFL Premiership competition. They beat Carlton, but who doesn’t?
Decisive losses to Collinwood in Round 2 and GWS in Round 3 have done nothing to boost the confidence of the club and they are facing a contest at the Adelaide Oval with a Port side that has a bit of momentum, other than the narrow loss to the Lions in Brisbane.