Harley Reid cops two week ban for dangerous tackle, AFL Rising Star award, West Coast Eagles

Sorry Harley, no Rising Star awards for you.

The young West Coast Eagles star has been offered a two-week suspension for a dangerous tackle.

The incident occurred during the club’s match against St Kilda at Optus Stadium in the closing stages of the third quarter.

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Reid chased down St Kilda’s Darcy Wilson and hugged him just over the boundary line.

Reid picked up his opponent, threw him to the ground and dumped him on his back causing Wilson’s head to hit the turf.

Although he appeared to be in some pain afterward, Wilson played the rest of the game.

Match review officer Michael Christian rated the incident as careless conduct, high impact and high contact, resulting in a two-match sanction.

If the suspension is upheld, Reid will miss matches against North Melbourne and Essendon.

Reid had enjoyed a stellar first half of the match racking up 17 disposals before Saints manager Ross Lyon sent Marcus Windhager his way.

Windhager’s hard tag worked wonders for the Saints as Reid could only manage three disposals in the final two quarters.

After leading by 14 points at half-time, the Eagles couldn’t keep pace as the Saints took control and claimed a 12.10 (82) to 10.8 (68) victory.

Although most fans believed the tackle would cost Reid the Rising Star award, Eagles coach Adam Simpson attempted to downplay the second post-match.

“I’m a little limited,” he said in his press conference.

“I thought there was nothing. That’s what I’ll say.”

Reid’s incident occurred the same weekend that Western Bulldogs forward Sam Darcy was knocked out of contention for the award with a two-match suspension for a careless hit on Collingwood’s Brayden Maynard.

Darcy entered round 12 as the second favorite for the prize behind Reid.

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