Adelaide have decided to appeal the three week ban handed down to Ebony Marinoff after she was found guilty of engaging in forceful front-on contact which left Brid Stack suffering a stable fracture of the C7 vertebrae.
Cork legend Stack was making her debut for the GWS Giants in a practice game and the weekend and was hospitalised as a result of the challenge. She was released from hospital on Monday and is expected to make a full recovery.
The three week ban imposed on Tuesday means Marinoff will now miss a third of the nine-match AFLW season.
Adelaide Crows Head of Women’s Football Phil Harper said: “We are appealing this decision because we all feel that the suspension is grossly disproportionate for the action.
“We need to support our player in this instance as we feel Ebony acted in an appropriate manner given the circumstances of this incident.
“We also feel for the Giants and Brid in particular and wish her all the best for what is hopefully a speedy recovery.”
Ebony Marinoff has been found guilty of engaging in forceful front-on contact at the AFL Tribunal tonight and has been suspended for three matches. Below is the incident in question, more to come #weflyasone #crowsaflw pic.twitter.com/3FDLg1kXmQ— Adelaide Crows AFLW (@CrowsAFLW) January 19, 2021