Adelaide’s AFLW gun Ebony Marinoff suspended for three games after Brid Stack suffers broken neck in collision | Ralph Lauren

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Gun Adelaide midfielder Ebony Marinoff will miss a third of the AFLW regular season after receiving a three-match suspension for the front-on contact that left GWS’ Brid Stack with a fractured neck.

Ebony Marinoff has been handed the biggest AFLW suspension.
Camera IconEbony Marinoff has been handed the biggest AFLW suspension. Credit: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

Stack was rushed to hospital after the contact made by Marinoff in a contest during the fourth quarter of an AFLW practice match at Adelaide’s Norwood Oval on Sunday.

Marinoff, 23, pleaded not guilty to forceful front-on contact at Tuesday night’s tribunal but the charge was upheld, with the Crow receiving the longest suspension in AFLW history.

No player had previously been suspended for more than two games.

Footy commentator Kane Cornes was quick to slam the penalty handed down to Marinoff.

“Suspended for 3 games of a 9 game season for this,” he tweeted.

“The injury was horrific, the action that caused it was not. Crows must appeal.”

The incident had been assessed as careless conduct, severe impact, and high contact and Marinoff was unable to make an early guilty plea given the matter was referred directly to the tribunal.

The tough-tackling midfielder had never previously been charged by the match review officer in her four previous AFLW seasons.

As things stand, Adelaide will be without Marinoff — a two-time premiership player, two-time All-Australian and former Rising Star winner — for their season opener away to Melbourne, then home games against Gold Coast and the Western Bulldogs.

Medical staff and teammates surround injured Giant Brid Stack.
Camera IconMedical staff and teammates surround injured Giant Brid Stack. Credit: Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images

The AFLW fixture could yet change amid border restrictions.

The 34-year-old Stack suffered a stable fracture of the C7 vertebra in the incident but no injury to the surrounding nerves and is expected to make a full recovery.

She did not require surgery and was discharged from hospital on Sunday night but will wear a neck brace in the short-term.

The game — Irishwoman Stack’s first AFLW match — was called off after the incident.

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