Following a worrying clash last weekend, Giants AFLW recruit Bríd Stack has been released from hospital with minor injuries as Crows star Ebony Marinoff is denied an early plea from the AFL match review.
The incident occurred at Norwood Oval on Sunday during a tackle in the fourth quarter of a practice match between GWS and Adelaide Crows.
An ambulance was called for Stack, 34, who was recently released after scans revealed a stable fracture of the C7 vertebra with no injury of the surrounding nerves the Giants said.
She is now required to wear a neck brace in the short term and will not be needing surgery for the incident.
“This was an incredibly unfortunate accident and we’re thankful that Bríd has avoided serious injury," Giants Head of Woman's football Bri Harvey said in a statement.
“Bríd and her family have made incredible sacrifices to come to Australia to play in the AFL Women’s competition and we will be supporting them all the way through her recovery.
“We’d like to thank all those who provided Bríd with the best possible care both at the ground and in hospital across Sunday.”
Bríd Stack has been released from hospital but is set to be sidelined following an incident in a tackle during yesterday's practice match.
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) January 18, 2021
Stack "had a fantastic start" to her AFL career on Sunday, according to Jon Vlatko and Cameron Bernasconi.
Crows star Ebony Marinoff, however, is in some hot water after the AFL match review charged the 23-year-old with forceful front-on contact.
Marinoff's incident was assessed as careless conduct, severe impact and high contact and was a direct referral.
This will be a heavy hit on the Crows as the two-time premiership players remains one of the Crows most important players to enter the 2021 season.
The nine-week AFL season starts later this month on the 28th when Carlton play Collinwood at the YMCA Victoria Youth Services.