Ben Ronke incites melee on debut

Ben Ronke capped off his sensational two-goal debut on Saturday afternoon against the Cats at GMHBA Stadium, with a $1,500 fine for inciting a melee.

Cited by the AFL's Match Review Officer on Monday afternoon, he was one two Swans fined for inciting or being involved in a melee.

Ronke was charged with being the instigator of the three quarter time melee in the round six match between the Swans and Cats.

He can accept a $1,500 sanction with an early plea. The instigator of a melee is fined $2,500, but an early plea reduces the fine to $1,500.

Former captain Kieren Jack was charged with a first offence of engaging in a melee, running into to remonstrated with Cats defender Zach Tuohy after he took umbrage to Ronke fronting him.

He can accept a $1,000 fine with an early plea. The first offence for being involved in a melee is $1,500, but an early plea reduces to fine to $1,000.

Midfielder Isaac Heeney was not cited for his tackle on Horlin-Smith in the opening quarter that concussed the midfielder.

Statement from the Match Review Officer:

"Contact between the Sydney Swans’ Isaac Heeney and the Geelong Cats’ George Horlin-Smith from the first quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed.

"The ball was thrown in at a boundary contest. Horlin-Smith takes possession of the ball at ground level with Heeney immediately tackling him from the opposite direction.

"Horlin-Smith has momentum with his movement and Heeney goes to ground under the Geelong player in the tackle.

"Horlin-Smith’s head makes contact with the ground as part of the tackle.

"It was the view of the Match Review Officer that Heeney’s actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances."

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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