Adelaide Crows flying high with Women's AFL win

In the wake of a stand out season for the Adelaide Crows women's team and a swag of awards highlighted with winning the inaugural AFLW Premiership cup, there are a number of people at West Lakes who would be feeling incredibly proud.

It's never good to single out one person but in this case I feel confident it can be done without any conjecture. 

Co-captain Erin Phillips is a superstar of the game and should be recognised as an outstanding pioneer for current and future generations. 

I'll cut to the chase, I believe the AFLW should name the best on ground award in the Grand Final in her honour.

Erin grew up in an era where there was no further football pathway for girls once they turned 13. At that age she was told she couldn't ply anymore. 

She pushed as hard as a 13 year old could and she had support increasing the profile of women's footy by playing a staring role in a few high profile "Slow downs" but a career in the game wasn't a possibility. 

Erin took her talent to basketball and her success was outstanding. An Olympic silver medal and two WNBA titles in the best league in the world. 

But football has always been her passion and she risked injury and arguably her WNBA future, financial security and possibly another shot at the Olympics by signing with the Crows in the AFLW earlier this year and we should be thankful she did. 

As I've suggested her name on the Grand Final Best on Ground award for perpetuity would be a fitting honour.

Just imagine what she might have achieved if she kept playing beyond 13 and if the AFLW started when she was 21. She may have won more premierships than her famous 8 time Port Magpies premiership winning father Greg! She has already won more league best and fairest awards!

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