广东十一选5开奖结果:Jordan Lewis gets behind Steven May despite another AFL suspension

Steven May has a bit of a record at the AFL tribunal but Demons teammate Jordan Lewis reckons the star defender has a much softer side.

Paul Johnson
广东时时彩11选五March 12, 20199:51pm

Gentle is probably not the word many would use to describe Melbourne Demons defender and AFL hardman Steven May but according to Dees teammate Jordan Lewis that’s exactly what he is.

May, not for the first time in his career copped his whack at the tribunal on Tuesday night, this time receiving a one-match ban for his high bump on Brisbane Lions midfielder Jarrod Berry during their JLT Series encounter.

May was unsuccessful in having his rough conduct charge reduced from medium to low impact and did not provide evidence.

As a result he will miss the Demons’ round-one game on Saturday week against Port Adelaide at the MCG.

Still, when speaking on AFL 360, regular guest Lewis jumped to the former Gold Coast skipper’s defence — despite his poor record when it comes to bans — having missed five matches in 2016 for a bump on Lions ruckman Stefan Martin and three in 2015 also for colliding with a Lion, that time, then skipper Tom Rockliff.

“He’s actually a gentle type of guy,” Lewis told AFL 360 host Gerard Whateley.

“A lot of stuff he did/does (on the field) it was quite, not aggressive, but he plays on edge and with a real competitive spirit.

“A lot of guys that play that way, off the field they are not totally different but they do have a quiet nature about them and that’s the thing that has impressed me, or the thing that I’ve seen that he has brought to the club.”

Lewis also felt that May was unlucky to get banned for the hit.

“I didn’t think he got him high,” Lewis said.

Steven May collects Jarrod Berry in JLT debut for Melbourne

Steven May collects Jarrod Berry in JLT debut for MelbourneSource:Supplied

As for May, he has vowed to tidy up his games as he is well and truly over making the trip to the tribunal in recent years, but he vowed not to change the hard edge to his game.

“I don’t think I need to change my whole game, but there are parts I could clean up, no doubt,” May said.

“I don’t want to be here (the tribunal) ever again.

“We play a fast-paced game and those sorts of decisions are made on instinct and unfortunately sometimes they can happen.

“I wouldn’t change the way I play, there’s just things I can tidy up.”

May felt Melbourne went to the tribunal with a good case.

“Unfortunately I will be missing round one, but all I can do now is do everything to win the respect of my teammates again,” he said.

“Obviously I’m pretty disappointed, because it’s a new club and I (was) pretty excited to play in round one.

“But that’s the way it is and I’m just glad that Jarrod is OK … it’s an unfortunate incident and I just have to be more careful.”

It means Melbourne will go into round one without two of their key defenders, with Jake Lever still recovering from the knee reconstruction he needed halfway through last season.

with AAP

IRRESPONSIBLE MCCARTIN COMMENT RILES LYON

Paddy McCartin sits on the Saints bench after copping a knock to the head.

Paddy McCartin sits on the Saints bench after copping a knock to the head.Source:Getty Images

SEN analyst Garry Lyon has blown up over comments made by concussion campaigner Peter Jess after St Kilda forward Paddy McCartin’s latest setback.

McCartin suffered his eighth concussion since 2014 against the Western Bulldogs in the JLT series and Jess suggested McCartin could have structural damage to his brain, which angered Lyon.

“This is why this comment from Peter Jess annoys me,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“I know Peter Jess is a crusader and a campaigner for concussion, I understand that and good on him, I think it’s a great thing that he is doing.

“But this is not helpful when he says this: ‘My view is that Paddy McCartin, now because of the number of concussions he’s had and the symptoms he’s shown, has probably got permanent structural damage to his brain.’

“That’s just not helpful in any way, Peter. Not helpful for his mum and his dad when you’re guessing there.

“I’m not critical of the work Peter is doing in this area, but that comment there is irresponsible around that.”

SHEED SET TO BUILD ON GRAND FINAL HEROICS

Dom Sheed was every bit the grand final hero for West Coast in 2018.

Dom Sheed was every bit the grand final hero for West Coast in 2018.Source:News Corp Australia

West Coast’s grand final hero Dom Sheed doesn’t want to be a one-hit wonder, and his hot pre-season form proves it.

Sheed etched his name into AFL folklore by kicking the winning goal from the pocket in last year’s five-point grand final win over Collingwood.

The 23-year-old has been given hero receptions ever since but he knows he was lucky to be in the side in the first place.

Sheed had been in and out of the Eagles side all season before Andrew Gaff’s eight-week ban granted him an extended stay.

The left-footer is now determined to cement a permanent spot in the side. And if pre-season form is anything to go by, Sheed is ready to join the AFL’s elite midfielders this season.

Sheed tallied 39 disposals, seven clearances, and a goal in the 34-point pre-season win over Geelong.

He followed that up with 40 disposals, eight clearances, and a goal in the 51-point trouncing of Fremantle on Sunday.

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has been pleased with how Sheed has handled himself since his grand final heroics.

“He’s worked really hard in the off-season. He’s been really humble since the grand final,” Simpson said.

“For a guy to go through what he’s gone through — no one can really put themselves in that position — how he’s handled it has been really pleasing for us.

“He’s working really hard defensively, and he’s getting rewarded with the ball.

“But what we’re seeing off the ball is something that’s probably been lacking in his game in previous pre-seasons, but he’s committed to that.

“He’s getting rewarded with the ball, but I’m not expecting 40 touches every week.”

Gaff will miss the opening two rounds of the season while he serves the remainder of his suspension, while Nic Naitanui isn’t due back until round eight at the earliest.

Forwards Josh Kennedy (foot) and Jamie Cripps (toe) are in a race against time to prove their fitness for the round-one clash with Brisbane.

—AAP

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