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Demons to challenge Hunter suspension

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Melbourne will challenge wingman Lachie Hunter’s one-match ban for his bump on Port Adelaide midfielder Connor Rozee on Friday night.

The incident occurred after they ran from opposite directions towards the Sherrin in the final minute of the third quarter of the Power’s four-point victory at Adelaide Oval.

Rozee arrived first and paddled the ball forwards, before Hunter turned his body and made contact to the head of the Port star, who went to ground but played the match out.

Connor Rozee is hit by Lachie Hunter. Credit: Mark Brake, Getty Images

Match review officer Michael Christian assessed the incident as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact, resulting in a one-match offer. A low-impact assessment would have cost Hunter only a fine.

The 28-year-old former Western Bulldog has been suspended just once previously in his 183-match career, and that was five years ago for one match for rough conduct.

The Demons host in-form Fremantle at the MCG on Saturday, and will be keen to rebound from their loss to the Power.

Port Adelaide announced on Monday they were accepting captain Tom Jonas’ one-game sanction for a rough conduct charge on Melbourne forward Tom McDonald. Jonas will miss the Power’s clash with Richmond at the MCG on Sunday as they chase an eighth win in a row.

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