AFL Tasmania bypasses the MRP over bizarre trainer contact with North Launceston's Jay Lockhart

DISRESPECT: Players remonstrate at UTAS Stadium

DISRESPECT: Players remonstrate at UTAS Stadium

AFL Tasmania will launch an investigation of a Clarence trainer over an alleged sideline incident involving North Launceston’s Jay Lockhart. 

The report stemming from Saturday’s spiteful TSL game at UTAS Stadium between the premiership contenders is now set to entirely bypass the match review panel.

But an AFL Tasmania spokesperson said the matter would still be treated no different to any other report.

The confrontation took place in front of the Clarence bench as the teams were coming off for half-time.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: North Launceston v Clarence

“There was a report handed down by the match manager and the incident will be investigated,” the AFL Tasmania spokesperson said.

“If there is a penalty to be handed down to any individual it’ll be in accordance with our rules and regulations.”

The alleged incident had occurred in AFL Tasmania’s Green Armband Round to observe “mutual respect for all involved with football”.

All the while the TSL round had an abnormally high number of 10 reports.

North Launceston forward Bart McCulloch was reprimanded for rough conduct on Roos’ Jason Bailey after taking an early guilty plea.

Clarence’s Tim Castle took an early guilty plea to escape with a reprimand for striking Bombers coach Tom Couch.

Roos teammates Trent Standen and Brady Jones were each cleared of rough conduct and high contact.

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan and Glenorchy rival Rhys Mott had no case to answer for high contact incidents, while Magpie Mitch Hills was reprimanded from striking Blue Jay Blackberry.

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