Power forward receives significant suspension for a high hit.

Powell-Pepper made contact with Keane’s head through a hip-and-shoulder collision during the first quarter at Alberton Oval. Keane, who had possession, was ensnared in a tackle by Willie Rioli, propelling him as Powell-Pepper charged in. Powell-Pepper’s right shoulder impacted Keane on the right side of his head during the bump, resulting in a concussion for the Irishman.

The Match Review Officer (MRO) classified the incident as careless, with severe impact and high contact, recommending a ban of at least three weeks. The Tribunal hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

While Port Adelaide is set to play Fremantle in the AAMI Community Series on Friday, Powell-Pepper will serve his suspension during the premiership season. Port’s premiership campaign commences with a home match against West Coast on March 17, followed by fixtures against Richmond at the MCG and Melbourne at Adelaide Oval.

Powell-Pepper acknowledged the nature of the hit, expressing regret and stating that his actions were not intended to cause concussion or high contact. He reached out to Keane after the game, recognizing his error and affirming his commitment to playing a tough but fair game.

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