Sport Gaff slapped with ban for Brayshaw punch

15:31  07 august  2018
15:31  07 august  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

Brayshaw breaks silence following brutal Gaff hit

  Brayshaw breaks silence following brutal Gaff hit Fremantle youngster Andrew Brayshaw has broken his silence on the brutal clash that ended his debut season and left him with a broken jaw. Speaking to Seven News, Brayshaw said he forgives West Coast Eagles star Andrew Gaff for the punch that also left him with several missing teeth."The action itself is horrific," Brayshaw said."But the person that Andrew Gaff is, I forgive him and I'm not going to hold a grudge against him as a person.

Gaff is facing a long AFL ban after breaking Brayshaw 's jaw and displacing three teeth with an unprovoked punch during Sunday's fiery western derby. But in somewhat of a surprising twist, it has been revealed that Gaff and Brayshaw played a round of golf together last week

The strike ended Brayshaw ’s AFL season and now Gaff will suffer the same fate. Last year, Melbourne forward Tom Bugg knocked out Sydney defender Callum Mills in a similar incident to Gaff ’s punch . Bugg was banned for six weeks, but Mills played the following week.


West Coast star Andrew Gaff will miss the rest of the season after he was slapped with an eight-match ban by the AFL tribunal for breaking young Fremantle midfielder Andrew Brayshaw's jaw.

David Grace QC, representing the Eagles, entered a guilty plea early in the two-hour hearing then went about presenting a case for leniency that included a long list of character references and a contrite Gaff giving evidence that he didn't mean to hit Brayshaw in the head.

Brayshaw out for season, unable to eat solid food for four weeks

  Brayshaw out for season, unable to eat solid food for four weeks Fremantle youngster Andrew Brayshaw will not play again this season, and will not be able to eat solid food for four weeks, after having surgery overnight in Perth. Brayshaw, the No.2 pick in last year's national draft, had his jaw broken and teeth displaced after a shocking punch from Eagles star Andrew Gaff in Sunday's derby.He was taken straight to hospital after the incident and had surgery on Sunday night, which Fremantle confirmed had gone well in a statement on Monday morning.© AAP Andrew Brayshaw of the Dockers leaves the field after clash with West Coast's Andrew Gaff.

West Coast Eagles CEO Trevor Nesbitt has revealed that Andrew Gaff played golf with Andrew Brayshaw just days before his punch that left the young Docker with a broken jaw. Gaff collected Brayshaw with a left hook in the third quarter of the Eagles'

Comparisons between Gaff and Barry Hall are being made, with the former Sydney Swans enforcer being banned for seven weeks after clocking Brent Staker back in 2008. MORE: West Coast's Andrew Gaff 'feels sick' after punch that broke Andrew Brayshaw 's jaw.

But the jury of Wayne Henwood, David Neitz and Shane Wakelin handed down the lengthy suspension after only 13 minutes of deliberation.

Gaff arrived in Melbourne for his AFL tribunal hearing, with the West Coast star being quickly escorted away by Tullamarine Airport staff.

Gaff avoided the waiting media scrum inside the terminal after he and an Eagles official got off a Virgin Australia plane from Perth on Tuesday morning and were loaded straight into a waiting ute.

The under-fire midfielder plead guilty at the tribunal for the punch that left Fremantle youngster Andrew Brayshaw with a broken jaw and three displaced teeth.

Andrew Gaff of the West Coast Eagles at the AFL Tribunal hearing into his striking offence, at AFL House. © Graham Denholm/Getty Images Andrew Gaff of the West Coast Eagles at the AFL Tribunal hearing into his striking offence, at AFL House. Gaff was referred directly to the tribunal at the AFL's Etihad Stadium headquarters, with match review officer Michael Christian grading his strike on Brayshaw as intentional contact with severe impact to the head. The strike ended Brayshaw's AFL season and now Gaff faces the same fate.

Details of Gaff-Brayshaw meeting revealed

  Details of Gaff-Brayshaw meeting revealed Melbourne midfielder Angus Brayshaw has said that his brother Andrew and Andrew Gaff have met in person following the pair’s brutal altercation. Speaking on the AFL Exchange podcast, Brayshaw explained how the West Coast Eagles midfielder visited his brother who is staying at his parents’ house in Melbourne.“He brought around some flowers for Debra and mum was at work,” Brayshaw said.“It was just him and Andrew Brayshaw sitting there and they just had a chat for 30 minutes and he apologised and they spoke about a few things.

Gaff collected Brayshaw with a left hook in the third quarter of the Eagles' 58-point Derby win over Fremantle at Optus Stadium on Sunday. Tom Bugg's punch on Callum Mills last year is the most comparable incident in recent times, with that hit earning the Demon a six-week ban .

Pavlich reveals truth about Gaff , Brayshaw relationship following brutal punch . Precedents point to a seven-game ban for Gaff , ending his season. His best case is that the penalty somehow is reduced to six matches.

It is the biggest tribunal case of the year, eclipsing the five-game suspension for GWS star Jeremy Cameron. Precedents point to a seven-game ban for Gaff, which would be season-ending.

"I meant to get him in the chest. I feel sick that I got him in the face. I had no intention to hit him where I hit him. I tried to do a similar hit to what I did 10 seconds earlier with my right arm," Gaff told the tribunal.

"Once I saw him lying on the ground, I instantly felt sick. Mentally, I didn't want to keep playing. Physically, I was able to keep playing. But mentally, I felt shattered.

"I feel sick about how Andrew is feeling. I am so sorry for what has now happened to Andrew. I'm shattered, I never intended for this to happen. I'm very disappointed for how it ended. I'm just so sorry for Andrew and how he's feeling at the moment."

Gaff said he sent a text message to Brayshaw the night of the incident, saying how "truly sorry" he was.

His best case is that the penalty somehow is reduced to six matches.

Sydney forward Barry Hall was suspended for seven games in 2008 after he knocked out West Coast opponent Brent Staker.

Last year, Melbourne forward Tom Bugg knocked out Sydney defender Callum Mills in a similar incident to Gaff's punch.

Bugg was banned for six weeks, but Mills played the following week.

The direct referral of Gaff's case means the penalty is up to the tribunal jury.

Gaff had a spotless tribunal record before Sunday but the incident has renewed calls for an AFL send-off rule.

Andrew Gaff played golf with Andrew Brayshaw prior to Derby punch .
West Coast Eagles CEO Trevor Nesbitt has revealed that Andrew Gaff played golf with Andrew Brayshaw just days before his punch that left the young Docker with a broken jaw. Gaff collected Brayshaw with a left hook in the third quarter of the Eagles' 58-point Derby win over Fremantle at Optus Stadium on Sunday.The incident saw Brayshaw require surgery and will rule him out for the rest of the season, with the club saying he won't be able to eat solid foods for the next four weeks.Gaff is expected to receive a hefty suspension when he fronts up to the AFL tribunal on Tuesday night.

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