Serene Watson’s one-match suspension will stand, with the Tribunal this evening electing to uphold the MRO’s original findings.

Watson’s tackle on Brisbane’s Natalie Grider was deemed rough conduct and graded careless conduct, medium impact and high contact.

Watson will now miss the Saints’ final home and away game of the 2023 season against Carlton this Sunday. 

“While we’re disappointed to not have Serene’s sanction overturned, we respect the decision of the Tribunal and accept its findings,” Executive General Manager of AFLW Tessie McManus said.

“Serene is an important and respected member of our side, but we have full confidence that we have the personnel to cover her absence this weekend.”

Watson acknowledged the decision of Tribunal.

“It's disappointing to miss out on the game this week, but I understand the importance we as a competition must place on protecting player welfare, and I respect the decision of the Tribunal," Watson said.