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Thomas takes ban, but 'Roos unhappy

  • Thomas takes ban, but 'Roos unhappy

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Lindsay Thomas of the Kangaroos runs with the ball during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session at Arden Street Ground on January 27, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

North Melbourne forward Lindsay Thomas will miss Drew Petrie's 300th AFL game after accepting a one-match ban for his high hit on Western Bulldogs midfielder Lachie Hunter.

Thomas risked a two-match suspension if he unsuccessfully challenged the AFL match review panel's assessment of his coathanger on Hunter that drew angry remonstrations from his Bulldogs teammates.

But the AFL tribunal won't sit on Tuesday evening after Thomas accepted the penalty, along with Adelaide's Kyle Hartigan and Brisbane's Tom Bell, who accepted $1,000 fines for rough conduct and striking respectively.

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North Melbourne veteran Drew Petrie says he thought that Thomas' tackle on Hunter was careless, but didn't warrant a one match suspension.

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