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‘There’s only one Erin Phillips’: Marinoff

Adelaide Crows stars Ebony Marinoff and Erin Phillips. PHOTO: SEN 1116, Twitter

ADELAIDE Crows star Erin Phillips hasn’t yet made a call on her playing future, but whatever decision she makes will no doubt be supported by her adoring fans and team-mates.

The two-time AFLW best and fairest winner – many whom are saying should have the league medal named after her – has been recovering from a knee reconstruction after tearing her ACL in her team’s grand final win against Carlton in March.

The match signalled a new dawn for women’s football, with 53,034 fans packing into Adelaide Oval to watch the home team triumph by 45 points.

Co-captain Phillips was named best on ground despite injuring her knee in the third term and taking no further part in the match.

Having previously undergone knee reconstruction surgery in the past, and at 34 years of age, the former Olympic silver medallist basketballer is still undecided on whether she will return to football.

PHOTO: afc.com.au

Speaking with One on One Sports SA ahead of the preliminary final earlier in the year, Crows star and team-mate Ebony Marinoff said the impact Phillips had on the playing group throughout the season was profound, and what she’s been able to achieve in the game is unrivalled.

“Erin Phillips is a superstar on and off the field,” Marinoff said.

“What she’s been able to do at WNBL, she’s been an Opal, she’s done it all really.

“She’s excelled and represented her country, which is the highest level in basketball.

“She’s come in to the AFLW, and she’s the best in the league.

“She’s an incredible athlete, and what she brings to our group.

“We are so lucky that we have someone like Erin Phillips because there’s only one of her, and we’re pretty lucky to have the Erin Phillips who we train and play with.”

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Grady grew up in Bordertown in the state’s South East, around 10 minutes from the Victorian border, and is a Geelong Cats tragic and a lover of sports. Grady has worked in the journalism field for more than six years at a number of regional newspapers. He plays cricket for Trinity Old Scholars, and doesn’t mind teeing it up at some of the fantastic golf courses scattered across Adelaide and its surrounding regions.