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The Tribunal: Rhys-Jones

David Rhys-Jones is famous for many things, but two stand-out – his Norm Smith Medal in 1987, and his reputation for being a fiery customer out on the field.

Below, we have tracked his tribunal record during his stay at Carlton:


Game Charge Victim Club Penalty
1985 Night Series Striking Shane McGrath Hawthorn Not Guilty
Round 10, 1985 Striking Michael Tuck Hawthorn Not Guilty
Round 17, 1985 Striking Roger Merrett Essendon Guilty – 1 week
Grand Final, 1986 Striking Gary Ayres Hawthorn Guilty – 2 weeks
1987 Battle of Britain Striking Donald McDonald North Melbourne Guilty – 1 week
Round 1, 1987 Unduly Rough Play TBA Hawthorn Not Guilty
Round 5, 1987 Striking Neil Clarke Essendon Not Guilty
Round 5, 1987 Striking Paul Salmon Essendon Not Guilty
Round 11, 1987 Striking Peter Giles Melbourne Guilty – 2 weeks
Round 11, 1987 Striking Robert Flower Melbourne Guilty – 2 weeks
Round 16, 1987 Striking Chris Lewis WCE Guilty - $5000 fine
Round 5, 1988 Striking Gavin Crosisca Collingwood Not Guilty
Round 5, 1988 Striking Matthew Ryan Collingwood Guilty – 3 weeks
Round 14, 1988 Striking Brian Taylor Collingwood Not Guilty
Round 11, 1989 Striking (3 different charges) Greg Williams Sydney Swans Not Guilty
Round 9, 1990 Charging Darren Kappler Fitzroy Not Guilty



In total, ‘Reece’ was charged 18 times in his time at Carlton, but only suspended for a total of 11 weeks. In addition, he was charged 7 times whilst playing for the Swans, for a total of 11 matches, including two separate 4-week suspensions for altercations against Melbourne in 1981 and 1983.

Overall, David was involved in a total of 17 reports were he was the "victim"; 16 striking charges, and one of "throwing to the ground". The nasty types who offended were found guilty on 13 occasions and outed for a total of 24 weeks.

Besides Greg Williams (who himself was suspended for striking Rhys-Jones during his time with Sydney) other Carlton identities who came into contact with Reece were Brent Crosswell and Peter Smith - who was acting as the Melbourne runner at the time!. Interestingly, future AFL Chief Executive Andrew Demetriou (hardly renowned as a physical player) was also reported for striking David.

David Rhys-Jones