A star North Ballarat onballer could be out of the running to win the Henderson Medal after he was referred to the tribunal for engaging in rough conduct against an opponent.
Riley Polkinghorne was charged by the Match Review Panel for an incident during the third quarter of the Roosters' win against Melton at the weekend.
North Ballarat and Polkinghorne chose not to accept a set two-week suspension and instead wanted the matter heard in front of an independent AFL Goldfields tribunal on Wednesday night.
Should the tribunal find Polkinghorne guilty, he will be ruled ineligible for the Henderson Medal.
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The young midfielder led The Courier's player of the year voting for the first seven rounds of the season.
The Match Review Panel examined an incident 13 minutes into the third quarter, where Polkinghorne lay a tackle on fellow Henderson Medal hopeful Jack Walker.
Match footage shows Polkinghorne tackle Walker from behind and follow through with a motion that leads to Walker hitting the ground headfirst.
The tackle kickstarted a melee with players from both clubs.
Walker played out the game.
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