The AFLW has hit Adelaide Crows midfielder Ebony Marinoff with a three-match ban following her challenge on Brid Stack two days ago.
Cork legend Stack was hospitalised with a bad neck injury as a result of the challenge, suffering a stable fracture of the C7 vertebrae.
Stack, who had been making her debut for the GWS Giants in the practice game, was released from hospital yesterday and is expected to make a full recovery.
As for Marinoff, she was changed with 'forceful front-on contact' by last night’s AFL tribunal and will now miss a third of the nine-match season for The Crows which kicks off on January 30th.
"I'm really disappointed with this outcome, it was never my intention to hurt Brid," Marinoff is quoted saying by RTE Sport.
"Every time I go onto the footy field, I want to play hard but fair football and I believe that’s what I did on Sunday.
"I reached out to Brid to send her my best and I wish her a fast recovery."
Phil Harper, head of women's football for Adelaide Crows added: "The club is really disappointed with this outcome and we’ll be considering our options going forward."Tweet