Carlton will be looking to provide clarity on aerial contests “for the game in general” when they attempt to overturn Lachie Plowman’s two-game suspension at the AFL appeals board.
Plowman’s ban for rough conduct on Jaeger O’Meara, that left the Hawthorn midfielder concussed, was upheld by the AFL tribunal on Tuesday night.
The Blues are appealing the case, which will be heard on Thursday night, based on the argument that “an error of law has occurred”.
The ball was in flight when Plowman came in to contest it just as O’Meara was about to take a mark during the last quarter.
Tuesday night’s tribunal hearing became heated when tribunal chairman Ross Howie told the jury they could not consider the incident a marking contest, much to Carlton’s frustration.
Plowman has a corked knee and won’t even be fit to play Sydney on Sunday if he is cleared, but the Blues are appealing to “seek clarity” on the situation.
“We still will go through the appeal. We feel like it was two courageous players going into a contest,” Blues football boss Brad Lloyd said on Wednesday.
“We want to seek some clarity, not just for ourselves, but for the game in general.
“Those contests are going to happen fairly regularly and we just thought it was worthy of reviewing the situation.”