ordan Lewis of the Hawks during the round 23 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Carlton Blues, played at the MCG in Melbourne, Saturday, Sep. 5, 2015.
ordan Lewis of the Hawks during the round 23 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Carlton Blues, played at the MCG in Melbourne, Saturday, Sep. 5, 2015. AAP Image - Tracey Nearmy

Hawthorn star escapes ban after trip charge

CHAMPION Hawks midfielder Jordan Lewis can line up in Friday night's qualifying final against West Coast in Perth despite being charged with tripping.

The three-time premiership player can accept a $1000 fine with an early guilty plea after the Match Review Panel decided the incident against Carlton's Andrew Carrazzo on Saturday night was intentional, but with low impact.

Lewis was one of three players offered fines from the final round of home-and-away games at the weekend.

Port Adelaide forward Jay Schulz was charged with striking Fremantle's Lachie Neale, and can also accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea, while Carlton defender Kade Simpson was also fined $1000 for front-on contact with Hawthorn's David Hale.

Meanwhile, Fremantle star Nathan Fyfe has declared himself a certainty to play in Saturday night's qualifying final against Sydney, also in Perth, after missing two games with a leg injury.


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