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Cats sweat on Hawkins hit

Cats sweat on Hawkins hit

GEELONG coach Chris Scott doesn’t believe Tom Hawkins needs to worry about copping an AFL suspension for his high hit on Sydney’s Jordan Dawson.

Hawkins gave away a 50m penalty when he caught Dawson in the head with a raised forearm in the final term of the Cats’ 22-point home win on Saturday.

Match review officer Michael Christian will look closely at the incident on Monday, but Scott has already done all the heavy lifting for him.

“I have had a look at it, and I will say again my opinion is irrelevant, but I will give you the objective facts as I see them,” Scott said.

“The umpire was right there, they have the capacity to pay match day reports.

“He clearly chose not to make a match day report so that has to be instructive.

“There wouldn’t be anyone who would think the action was intentional, it was careless, that is the worst it is, it was high and no impact and it’s a fine.”

Christian may well see the incident differently.

Hawthorn’s James Sicily will also be looked at after the fiery defender landed a punch to the midriff of Brisbane’s Lincoln McCarthy at the Gabba on Saturday.

Western Bulldogs youngster Aaron Naughton conceded a 50m penalty and was reported after he punched West Coast’s Will Schofield in the stomach in the last quarter of the Dogs’ big loss at Optus Stadium.

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