Phillips caps off a brilliant first season

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AFLW: Adelaide captain Erin Phillips takes a screamer in the third quarter of the Grand Final

Erin Phillips of the Crows on the AFLW Best and Fairest awards red carpet with wife Tracy Gahan. Picture: AAP

Michelangelo RucciThe Advertiser

ERIN Phillips has completed the AFLW hat-trick — first premiership, first medal as the best player in the new national league’s grand final and the first “Brownlow” of the ultra-successful women’s football competition.

Phillips, 31, claimed the first ‘W Award’ as the AFLW’s best-and-fairest player, polling 14 votes. She had a four-vote win on fellow midfielders Ellie Blackburn (Western Buldlogs) and Karen Paxman (Melbourne).

AFLW Crow Erin Phillips with her best and fairest medal. Picture: Ian Currie

AFLW Crow Erin Phillips with her best and fairest medal. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

Adelaide coach Bec Goddard embraces Erin Phillips after her win was announced. Picture: Ian Currie

Adelaide coach Bec Goddard embraces Erin Phillips after her win was announced. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

The Crows co-captain polled votes in six of Adelaide’s seven qualifying games.

As in the AFL men’s Brownlow Medal count, the W Award was decided by a 3-2-1 vote by the field umpires at the end of each of the 28 home-and-away games in the AFLW’s seven-week round-robin series.

Chelsea Randall, Crows coach Bec Goddard and Erin Phillips celebrate their Grand Final win. Picture. Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty

Chelsea Randall, Crows coach Bec Goddard and Erin Phillips celebrate their Grand Final win. Picture. Michael Willson/AFL Media/GettySource:Getty Images

Phillips had best-afield votes in three games, was second-best in two and claimed the third-preference vote in one.

“It definitely has been a year I will never forget,” Phillips said at the black-tie awards ceremony in Melbourne. “It has meant everything to me.”

It could be a year of incredible success never again repeated.

Phillips not only made a clean sweep of the AFLW’s individual awards, but also collected by peer vote the players’ association MVP (most valuable player) trophy.

She added All-Australian honours and the AFLW’s goal of the year — for her matchwinning 60-metre bomb against Carlton at Thebarton Oval.

And Phillips, the daughter of Port Adelaide premiership defender and Collingwood hero Greg Phillips, tonight could fill out the trophy cabinet with the Crows’ club champion award. The count will be in Darwin, in recognition of the NT component of the Crows’ successful women’s football program.

Erin Phillips kicks a goal during the Crows’ AFLW Grand Final win over the Brisbane Lions. Picture: Bradley Kanaris

Erin Phillips kicks a goal during the Crows’ AFLW Grand Final win over the Brisbane Lions. Picture: Bradley KanarisSource:News Corp Australia

Erin Phillips of the Crows on the AFLW Best and Fairest awards red carpet with wife Tracy Gahan. Picture: AAP

Erin Phillips of the Crows on the AFLW Best and Fairest awards red carpet with wife Tracy Gahan. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Phillips, an Olympian and professional WNBA basketballer in Dallas, thanked the AFL for advancing plans that had the AFLW launching in 2020.

“I’m grateful it was brought forward, otherwise this would have passed me by,” Phillips said. “I’ve loved every minute of it. I love this game (of Australian football). It is in my blood.”

Adelaide’s domination of the AFLW included teenager Ebony Marinoff winning the first Rising Star award.

The midfielder, who also was among the five Crows in the AFLW All-Australian team, polled 47 votes to beat Brisbane ruckman-forward Sabrina Frederick-Traub by six votes.

“I’m just so grateful to be part of this league,” said Marinoff.

michelangelo.rucci@news.com.au

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