AFL 2024; West Coast will challenge Harley Reid suspension

West Coast don’t want to lose Harley Reid for two weeks and will challenge his dangerous ban, but that won’t help the young star win the AFL’s Rising Star award.

Reid, who made a stunning impact on the Eagles and the league in his inaugural season, was handed the suspension for a tackle on St Kilda selector Darcy Wilson in the third quarter of his side’s 14-point loss at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

The incident was assessed as careless conduct, high impact and high contact, resulting in a two-game ban with no early guilty plea discount.

Reid had a big day and was also fined two counts of careless contact with a referee, totaling $1,875 with an early guilty plea.

But the Eagles then confirmed on Monday that they would challenge his dangerous ban in the hope of reducing it to one week.

Any suspension would mean Reid, who was the overwhelming favorite for the Rising Star award, would be ineligible.

“The West Coast Eagles will challenge Harley Reid’s two-match ban at the AFL Tribunal,” the club said.

“West Coast will challenge that the impact level should be downgraded to medium, instead of high, which would result in a one-game suspension.”

If he was unsuccessful, Reid would have been sidelined for games against North Melbourne and Essendon on either side of the club.

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