Port Adelaide fined $20,000 for its management of Hamish Hartlett’s head knock against Hawthorn
- by GILBERT GARDINER, AL PATON, RICHARD EARLE
- Source: Herald Sun
Port Adelaide has been found in breach of the AFL’s strict concussion rules by letting Hamish Hartlett back on the ground too early after he copped a heavy hit against Hawthorn eight days ago.
The league says Port didn’t give the club doctor enough time to assess vision of the incident before giving Hartlett the all-clear, even though he passed a concussion test.
He was helped from the field in the hands of trainers but returned just over five minutes later.
The AFL took into account Power medicos were busy managing the significant injury Brad Ebert had sustained earlier in the game when determining the club’s sanction, with half the fine suspended until the end of 2018.
Under AFL concussion rules, Hartlett should have stayed off for 15 minutes.
But he was allowed back on the field because the club did not inform the interchange steward that a head injury assessment was being undertaken.
Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley said the club would “own” the AFL punishment and understood that every member of the club had to take “responsibility”
“We understand there is procedure we should have followed. There was absolutely no risk taken with the player safety and welfare. Hamish was fine, I want to make it clear he didn’t have concussion,” Hinkley said.
“We accept we didn’t get it the way we should have go it.
“We know Hamish performed the scat test and was fine.”
Hinkley said while Port could have done things better on the night, there was a “bit going on” given the injuries to other players.
“We probably were a little bit rushed in that area, but everything was done for player welfare and safety,” he said.
“The doctor that saw him (Hartlett) on the ground said he was fine but to be doubly sure. we made sure we checked him thoroughly, so we did a test.
“The problem is we didn’t notify the AFL of that test.”
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