Harley Reid cops two week ban for dangerous tackle, AFL Rising Star award, West Coast Eagles

Sorry Harley, no rising star award for you.

The young West Coast Eagles star has been handed a two-week suspension for a dangerous tackle.

The incident occurred during the club’s contest against St Kilda at Optus Stadium in the closing stages of the third quarter.

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Reid chased down St Kilda’s Darcy Wilson and hugged him just inside the boundary line.

Reid picked up his opponent, flipped him over and threw him onto his back, sending Wilson’s head hitting the grass.

Despite appearing to be in some pain after the game, Wilson played the rest of the game.

Match review official Michael Christian judged the incident to be careless handling, high impact and high contact, resulting in a two-match ban.

If the ban is upheld, Reid will miss the games against North Melbourne and Essendon.

Reid enjoyed a superb first half of the game, picking up 17 balls before Saints coach Ross Lyon sent Marcus Windhager on his way.

Windhager’s hard tag worked wonders for the Saints as Reid managed just three disposals in the final two quarters.

After leading by 14 points at half-time, the Eagles could not follow as the Saints took control and went on to win 12.10 (82) to 10.8 (68).

Despite most excited fans believing the Reid tackle would cost the rising star awards, Eagles coach Adam Simpson tried to downplay the moment after the game.

“I’m a little limited,” he said at a press conference.

“I thought there was nothing in it. I will say that.”

The Reid incident came on the same weekend Western Bulldogs forward Sam Darcy was ruled out of the competition with a two-match suspension for a careless tackle on Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard.

Darcy entered Round 12 as second favorite for the prize behind Reid.

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