Richmond skipper Cotchin cleared to play in grand final

Crows forward Mitch Mc Govern will have to prove his fitness after missing the preliminary final

Tigers AFL skipper could face MRP trouble

Cotchin was scrutinised for a collision with Dylan Shiel in Saturday's preliminary final, which ultimately left the Greater Western Sydney midfielder with concussion.

The MRP will meet tomorrow, with Cotchin's fate revealed about midday.

"Cotchin moves down low and braces for contact as Shiel approaches to pick up the ball". Dangerfield takes possession and as he turns towards goal, he is confronted by Sloane, " the MRP said in a statement.

The AFL's crackdown on head-high contact means Cotchin is certain to face a nervous wait for the match review panel to hand down their findings on Monday afternoon.

Cotchin has already been fined twice this season for low-level offences, and a third would result in an automatic suspension.

Cotchin's teammate Brandon Ellis was cleared by the MRP for contact on Giant Lachie Whitfield.

Rivals Adelaide also received the all clear from the panel for his clash with Patrick Dangerfield in the second quarter of Friday's victory against Geelong, who concluded the contact was also not unreasonable in the circumstances. Even if cleared then or on appeal, it would have made a high-pressure week all the more stressful.

"It should have been the best week of my life", Dunkley said.

In 2003, the AFL appeals board upheld the tribunal decision to ban Rocca despite pleas from the forward plus former players Peter Schwab and Neville Crowe regarding the impact of missing a grand final through suspension.

Cotchin was among the Tigers' best as they stormed their way to their first grand final since 1982 with a 36-point win over the Giants in Saturday's preliminary final at the MCG.

The Tigers will be looking to end a 37-year premiership drought on Saturday, while the Crows have not contested a grand final since winning their second flag back in 1998.

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