Geelong’s Joel Selwood, Tom Hawkins could sweat on AFL match review after win over GWS

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VideoGeelong's Joel Selwood appeared to catch GWS opponent Josh Kelly high.

Joel Selwood had plenty of reasons to celebrate on Friday night after becoming Geelong’s games record holder in the semi final win over GWS.

But the star midfielder could have a nervous 24 hours as he sweats on the AFL’s match review after an incident involving Josh Kelly in the second term.

In an unusually quiet night for the Geelong leader (14 disposals, six tackles and two frees against), Selwood appeared to catch Kelly in the throat while trying to fend off the Giant.

The incident was not dissimilar to the actions of suspended Giant Toby Greene, who missed a game for his elbow to the throat of Selwood’s teammate Patrick Dangerfield back in round 21.

Dangerfield ended up spending the night in hospital with a bruised larynx as a result of the Greene collision.

Despite the Giants challenging Greene’s tribunal ruling, he still missed a week.

Selwood isn’t the only Geelong star facing a Match Review wait, with star forward Tom Hawkins giving away a costly 50m penalty for his late, high hit on Giant Lachie Whitfield, also in the second term.

Selwood has endured a controversial 2021 with multiple fines from match review decisions.

In the same game Greene was suspended, Selwood was fined $3000 for his bump on Greene’s teammate Sam Taylor.

Also in 2021, Selwood was fined $3000 for two separate incidents in the clash with the Western Bulldogs after appearing to make contact to the eye of Bailey Dale and also stumbling over the leg of Taylor Duryea when the former Hawk had fallen to the ground.

Selwood was cleared for a bump on Tiger Rhyan Mansell back in May.

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