AFL players are outraged by the AFL tribunal’s decision to slap Geelong star James Kelly with a two match ban for rough conduct.

They fear the good old fashioned bump will disappear from the game completely.

Chanelle Rodger reports.


James Kelly failed to overturn the ban for a hit on Essendon’s Brendon Goddard over the weekend.

Geelong captain Joel Selwood took to Twitter to vent his frustration saying “Sad day. The bump is dead.”

Kelly will miss Saturday night’s blockbuster against local rivals Collingwood at the MCG.

The Pies have their own troubles with defender Heath Shaw accepting a one week ban for striking Fremantle’s Hayden Ballantyne in the groin.

But some good news for Collingwood with Luke Ball returning to the side after missing thirteen months with a serious knee injury.

To the NRL and Jared Waerea Hargreaves has accepted a five-match ban for his reckless high tackle on Manly prop George Rose.

The Sydney Roosters forward won’t be available until round sixteen clash against the Sea Eagles.

The Dragons have named Josh Dugan to return in Saturday night’s game against the Paramatta Eels.

Jamie Soward, St. George Illawarra Dragons five-eighth: “He’s just got to come in, fit in with the systems that we’ve got in place here and play, and play his normal game and I’m sure we’ll get the best out of him that way.”

Dragons’ hooker Mitch Rein has extended his contract with the club until 2016.

Chanelle Rodger, QUT News.