Roberton sweats on tribunal
Dylan Roberton’s bid for a quick return to the Fremantle team will depend on his fate at the WAFL Tribunal this week after he was reported for striking on Saturday.
Roberton was reported by umpire Stuart Parry late in East Perth’s 60-point victory over Peel at Bendigo Bank Stadium for what appeared to be a punch to Thunder utility Ash Thornton.
Roberton provided reasonable run from defence for East Perth in his first WAFL game of the season after playing the first six matches for the Dockers.
He was dropped to the Royals after gathering just one kick in five possessions as the sub against Richmond last week.
East Perth coach Tony Micale lamented his team’s lack of discipline in the last quarter which saw them surrender a 94-point lead early in the term, give up 15 free kicks and have Roberton reported.
But he praised Roberton for his endeavour at half-back and said he provided plenty of run, as shown by his 11 handball receives.
Roberton played eight matches for East Perth early last year after being drafted at No.49 by Fremantle in 2009.
After making his AFL debut in the first western derby last year, he became a regular player for the Dockers in the second half of the season and finished with 13 appearances.