Cotchin clear: Tigers skipper can play in Grand Final

Dylan Shiel Done For The Day With Concussion

The Tigers skipper made contact with the face of GWS player Shiel, tucking his shoulder in for contact as the two players competed for the ball on the wing.

Cotchin's bump in Saturday's preliminary final was assessed by the match review panel today, with the incident deemed not to be a reportable offence.

Trent Cotchin and Dylan Shiel collide, forcing the Giants star off with concussion.

The last time an AFL player missed a Grand Final through suspension was Anthony Rocca, who missed Collingwood's unsuccessful 2003 Grand Final after copping a striking charge in their Prelim against Port Adelaide.

The MRP sat at 9am on Monday in an effort to resolve the Cotchin case as soon as possible after being unable to convene on Sunday because of the unavailability of some members.

"The ball comes loose after a marking contest".

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However, the MRP found that the contact was "not unreasonable" given the circumstances, with both players charging hard at the ball. Dangerfield takes possession and as he turns towards goal, he is confronted by Sloane, " the MRP said in a statement.

The decision means Cotchin will be free to play in the decider on Saturday, as Richmond seeks its first premiership since 1980.

It also determined that the contact "was not unreasonable in the circumstances". "It was the view of the panel that Ellis was contesting the ball".

Potentially in Cotchin's favour is the fact that Shiel had also copped a separate high bump from Tigers defender David Astbury later in the first term.

Adelaide star Rory Sloane was cleared for his contact with former teammate Patrick Dangerfield, with the panel determining that he braced for contact and did not use a bump action.

"Sloane is near stationary and he initially puts his hand up in the air, in a bid to block the handpass", the MRP said.

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