Adelaide Crows have confirmed that they will appeal the three-match suspension received by Ebony Marinoff for the challenge that culminated in former Cork footballer Brid Stack sustaining a neck injury on Sunday.
The AFL Women's club are appealing on the grounds that the sanction imposed is "unreasonable" and "excessive" they announced in a statement. The appeal will be heard on Thursday evening.
The incident occurred during Stack's debut for the GWS Giants in a practice match at the weekend ahead of the new AFLW season and left the 11-time All-Ireland football winner with a stable fracture of the C7 vertebrae.
Today Stack admitted she was devastated with the setback but has her sights firmly set starting her rehabilitation programme as soon as possible.
"Devastated but counting my blessings. Looking forward to rehab once cleared to do so. For now, hup the drugs Thanks for all the lovely messages, to all involved with @GWSGIANTS, to the exemplary healthcare staff in Adelaide & to a little man whose hugs make everything better," she posted on Twitter.
Devastated but counting my blessings. Looking forward to rehab once cleared to do so. For now, hup the drugs ?? Thanks for all the lovely messages, to all involved with @GWSGIANTS, to the exemplary healthcare staff in Adelaide & to a little man whose hugs make everything better?? pic.twitter.com/E5AFQm2mbw— Bríd Stack (@BridStackie) January 20, 2021
Marinoff was subsequently banned for three matches after being adjudged to have engaged in forceful front-on contact with Stack.
The midfielder stated that she was disappointed with the outcome of the disciplinary tribunal and that "it was never her intention to hurt Brid".
Adelaide Crows had also signalled their disappointment immediately after the verdict and have now lodged an appeal.
"We are appealing this decision because we all feel that the suspension is grossly disproportionate for the action," said Crows Head of Women's Football Phil Harper.
"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."
Describing the incident as "unavoidable", Crows AFLW senior coach Matthew Clarke added: "We believe it's important to not only support our players, but to question an outcome which we see as placing an unreasonable expectation on all players to avoid contact in circumstances where the ball is in dispute."