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Simply the best: Phillips named AFLW finest

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Erin Phillips capped an incredible season by winning the inaugural AFLW best and fairest - AFLW,Erin Phillips
Erin Phillips capped an incredible season by winning the inaugural AFLW best and fairest

ADELAIDE premiership co-captain Erin Phillips has taken out the inaugural NAB AFL Women's best and fairest at a gala event in Melbourne's Docklands on Tuesday night.

Just three days after a brilliant best-on-ground performance in the Crows' Grand Final win against the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium, Phillips added the best and fairest to the AFLPA women's MVP she won on Monday.

Phillips finished with 14 votes, four ahead of Western Bulldogs midfielder Ellie Blackburn and Melbourne onballer Karen Paxman, who tied for second. Fremantle's Lara Filocamo came third with nine votes.

She averaged 20 disposals a game and booted 10 goals for the season.

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Phillips polled three votes in the round one win against Greater Western Sydney and did not relinquish the lead from there. She was judged best on ground in three games.

The 31-year-old was named vice-captain of the All Australian team earlier in the night and was also voted by fans as the winner of the Coates Hire Goal of the Year, for her effort in round three against Carlton.

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Her father Greg played 343 games for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL, as well as 85 for Collingwood in the VFL.

That meant she grew up a Port Adelaide fan, and she had an agreement with the club in 2015 to play for the Power if it gained a licence.

Now a premiership Crow, Phillips said she couldn't imagine playing for any other team.

"I can guarantee you my dad would never ask me to leave the Adelaide Football Club and I wouldn't. They've been so good to me," Phillips said.

"I love being a Crow."

Erin Phillips and her dad Greg after the Crows' round one AFLW win. Picture: AFL Photos

Football isn't the only sport at which Phillips excels – the basketballer will return to the US next month for the Dallas Wings' upcoming WNBA season .

An injury to her right quad in her second training session after kicking a footy too many times – an action she hadn't been used to after not being allowed to play competitive football after 13 – set her pre-season back.

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She regained fitness in time for the season, but best-on-ground performances in her opening two games indicate the hampered preparation didn't impact her form.

Phillips kept the injury a secret from the Wings and reiterated she was back to full fitness.

The 31-year-old was named vice-captain of the All Australian team earlier in the night and was also voted by fans as the winner of the Coates Hire Goal of the Year, for her effort in round three against Carlton.

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She has also twice represented Australia at the Olympics – in 2008 and 2016, and was part of Australia's 2006 world championship-winning team. A vice-captain of the Opals in Rio, she harbours dreams of winning gold in Tokyo.  

The football connection doesn't end with her father – her brother-in-law is premiership Hawk Shaun Burgoyne. With the bevy of awards Phillips has though, she might have bragging rights.

And that's not to mention her Olympic silver medal, a world championship and two WNBA titles.

"I'm very honoured to win this today – but Shaun hasn't won one and dad hasn't," she said.

NAB AFL Women's Best and Fairest top five

14 – Erin Phillips (Adel)
10 – Ellie Blackburn (WB), Karen Paxman (Melb)
9 – Lara Filocamo (Frem)
8 – Kaitlyn Ashmore (BL)

Erin Phillips and wife Tracy Gahan kiss after Phillips' win in the AFLW best and fairest. Picture: AFL Photos