The Australian Football League (AFL) has been criticised after ruling a transgender footballer ineligible for selection on the day before the national draft for next year's professional women's competition.
But Lee Gaskin, a reporter working for the AFL in Australia, said on Twitter that the game's governing body deemed her "physical disparity is significant and would give unreasonable advantage".
Rourke said that Mouncey's size - the former male handballer, who transitioned in 2015, is 190 centimetres and 100 kilograms - had not been an issue at all in the Canberra competition.
In making their decision, the AFL also consulted the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission's guidelines 'Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion in Sport - complying with the Equal Opportunity Act 2010'.
In announcing their decision, the league said it had "carefully considered all of the information provided by Hannah, as well as the available data on transgender strength, stamina, physique along with the specific nature of the AFLW competition".
At 190cm and 90kg, Mouncey has been playing in the local Canberra women's league, where she's been dominating in the ruck.
The AFL had previously said they would make a decision as to Mouncey's eligibility before the AFLW draft on Wednesday. "She's been part of all the discussions and decision-making around it, so I'm quite comfortable with where that now sits and how that's been worked through".
Now, after much deliberation, Mouncey's bid to do so has been knocked back by the AFL.
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Phillips says Mouncey has all the support she needs at Ainslie and is keen for her to don the Tricolours jumper again next season.
"Hannah's passion for football is undeniable, and I want to thank her and her team for their constructive participation in the decision-making process", she said in an AFL media release.
The sub-committee was made up of AFL commissioners Jason Ball, Gabrielle Trainor and Major General Simone Wilkie, AFL general manager inclusion and social policy Tanya Hosch and AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon. "Every case will be decided on its own merits along with the individual circumstances of each future nominee".
"Probably the biggest person in all of this is Hannah herself, so from her point of view, we've got to be mindful of all of that".
'We have urged the AFL to prioritise the development of guidelines detailing the process and parameters for entry into the AFLW competition, so that Hannah and any other players have a clear understanding of their eligibility'.
The AFL follows International Olympic Committee regulations, where athletes must prove their testosterone count is below a certain level. "We recognise that participating in sport has physical, psychological and social benefits and we are committed to making Australian football on every level welcoming to all in our community".
It is understood Mouncey meets those requirements.