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Melksham, Carlisle receive reprimands

Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks and Jake Melksham of the Bombers wrestle during the 2013 AFL Round 18 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on July 26, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks and Jake Melksham of the Bombers wrestle during the 2013 AFL Round 18 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on July 26, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

ESSENDON pair Jake Melksham and Jake Carlisle have received reprimands for two separate incidents from Friday night’s match at Etihad Stadium.

Melksham was cited by the Match Review Panel on Monday for engaging in rough conduct against Jarryd Roughead.

The Essendon midfielder bumped Roughead high and felled the Hawks star during the third quarter of Friday night’s win.

The Hawks were awarded a free kick down field for the incident, which occurred off the ball.

The incident sparked a number of heated exchanges between players from both sides. It was assessed as negligent, low impact and high contact.

Carlisle has also been given a reprimand for his elbow into Lance Franklin’s back during the first quarter.

The Bombers defender hit an unsuspecting Franklin who had just kicked a goal, and put him to the ground before the Hawks star remonstrated with his opponent.

The incident was assessed as intentional, low impact and body contact. The initial penalty was a one-match suspension, but Carlisle can escape with a reprimand if he pleads guilty.