AFLW: All the latest news ahead of Round 9 of the 2021 season

The AFLW’s best and fairest medal race has been thrown wide open after the Match Review Officer charged Fremantle’s prolific star midfielder Kiara Bowers with rough conduct for a dangerous tackle, offering her a one-match suspension for an early plea.

Should Bowers and the Dockers accept the sanction, Bowers will be ruled ineligible for the W-Award, offered to the AFLW’s best and fairest player.

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Bowers has been considered a frontrunner for the W-Award all season, after

averaging a career-high 21.5 touches and 10 tackles a game.

The MRO offered Bowers one-match ban for a dangerous tackle she laid on Melbourne’s Eden Zanker, during the first quarter of their Round 8 clash on Sunday.

A dangerous tackle has Kiara Bowers in hot water. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“Based on the available evidence, the incident was assessed as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact, and the incident was classified as a one-match sanction,” the AFL said in a statement.

The Dockers ultimately lost to the Demons by five points at home on Fremantle Oval and with the loss dropped from first to fourth on the ladder.

As the race for the Top 2 intensifies, Fremantle now face North Melbourne in the final minor round game of the season and may need to win on the road without their reigning club champion.

The 29-year-old will be an important piece of the Dockers puzzle as they look to their finals campaign in April.

The Kangaroos are facing their own selection dilemma after the MRO charged their midfielder Jenna Bruton, rough conduct for a dangerous tackle on Brisbane’s Shannon Campbell, also offering her a one-match ban with an early plea.

Meanwhile, the Lions’ Greta Bodey has been charged with tripping Kangaroo Jess Duffin and has been offered a reprimand with an early plea.

Originally published asMRO blow throws AFLW medal race into chaos

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