DARLEY gun Anthony Chiu is free to play in the Anzac Day clash with rivals Bacchus Marsh after escaping with a reprimand from the AFL Goldfields Region Independent Tribunal on Tuesday night.
Chiu pleaded guilty to the charge of striking Sunbury’s Andrew Duhau in Saturday’s Ballarat Football League season opener, but the tribunal graded the severity of the incident as low.
The tribunal also heard there was no injury caused to Duhau. The Darley recruit’s lack of previous reports was also in his favour.
Chiu, who joined the club from Altona this season, is now free to play in the April 25 clash. It is an important one for the Devils, which unexpectedly dropped their opening-round fixture against Sunbury by 14 points.
Gordon’s Tye Murphy can also play in round three of the Central Highlands Football League after being found not guilty of a striking charge.
Murphy had his number taken for an incident with Dunnstown’s Kayle Mullane in the Eagles’ win on Sunday.
He will now be able to line up for Gordon’s home fixture with Hepburn on April 26.
However, Buninyong star Adam Scott will miss the Bombers’ Anzac Day encounter with Springbank after accepting a one-week set penalty for striking Clunes’ Nick Hind.
Scott will be eligible to return for his side’s home game against Skipton on May 3.
The Central Highlands takes a break this weekend, while the Ballarat competition has just one fixture – between North Ballarat City and Bacchus Marsh – tomorrow.
Maryborough and Mininera leagues also go on hold this weekend.