Cats’ veteran faces match ban

THE only thing Paul Chapman loves more than beating Hawthorn, is beating them in finals.

He is unlikely to have another chance to do either this year after being charged yesterday with a level two, engaging in rough conduct offence for a high bump on Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray in Friday night's elimination final at the MCG.

The offence carries a two-game suspension, but an early guilty plea would see Chapman miss just this Friday's clash with the Hawks. The 31-year-old has received some of the credit for Geelong's 11-game winning streak against Hawthorn, dating back to the 2008 grand final which the Hawks won by 26 points.

After that match, Chapman famously declared Geelong would never lose to Hawthorn again.

The only other player charged by the match review panel after the weekend's games was Swans defender Ted Richards.

His bump on Carlton's Levi Casboult was seen as negligent, low impact and high contact. Richards will be free to play against Fremantle on Saturday with an early guilty plea.