A subcommittee comprising 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 and General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, reviewed Mouncey's nomination. Now, after much deliberation, Mouncey's bid to do so has been knocked back by the AFL.
"While I am disappointed with the AFL's decision regarding my participation in the AFLW draft, I accept the league's decision and thank them for the genuine way in which they approached my situation", Mouncey said in a statement.
Mouncey has represented Australia, as a male, in European handball but transitioned to become a woman over the past two years.
She starred in Canberra's women's AFL competition in 2017 and nominated for the national draft after her performances attracted interested from several AFLW clubs.
"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. Every case will be decided on its own merits along with the individual circumstances of each future nominee.
Despite having a season of state league football under her belt, the AFL will step in and make a ruling on her eligibility to play at the elite level.
"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".
"The AFL has made very strong commitments to equality and inclusion at all levels of the game".
Melbourne-based lawyer Justin Quill on Tuesday warned the AFL it will leave itself open to a "messy" legal challenge if it denies Mouncey accreditation as a sanctioned AFLW footballer. "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".
"People will have their opinions but I think they're best off keeping that to themselves", Tully said. I think her levels that she's tested at, as I understand it, you guys just talked about the International Olympic Committee guidelines, she's well, well within the testosterone levels that the International Olympic Committee will allow and I think they (The AFL) will rely on that.
"That will be very much in the minds of the AFL when they make their decision".
In order to compete, an athlete must show that their testosterone level is under 10 nanomoles per litre.
It is understood Mouncey meets those requirements.
"I will be making no further comment at this time".
Although Mouncey's hormone levels would see her eligible to compete at the Olympics under IOC regulations, the AFL placed more significance on Victorian law because of the physical nature of the sport.