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AFLW’s golden girl joins elite club

Adelaide Crows co-captain Erin Phillips has claimed almost every award available in the inaugural AFLW season.

The 31-year-old returns to her basketball commitments with a premiership, a best on ground medal in the Grand Final, the AFLW Players’ MVP Award, All-Australian selection, Goal of the Year and the AFLW best and fairest.

After receiving the two major awards for the best player in the competition in consecutive days, Phillips sits alongside the likes of Patrick Dangerfield, Nat Fyfe, Gary Ablet and Tony Lockett as those to be judged the best player for the season by their peers and by the umpires.

Phillips becomes the 11th individual to complete the prestigious league best and fairest/MVP double and the first Crow. She averaged 20 disposals and kicked 10 goals throughout the year, including 28 touches and two goals in the Grand Final against the Lions.

Phillips indicated that she’s likely to return to the America to continue her WNBA commitments with Dallas for the next four months and will return in time for her second AFLW pre-season.

The South-Australian mother of two is also the daughter of former SANFL legend and VFL player Greg Phillips and the sister-in-law of four-time premiership Hawk Shaun Burgoyne.

Players to complete the Brownlow/MVP double include:

Tony Lockett (1987)

Gerard Healy (1988)

Jim Stynes (1991)

Greg Williams (1994)

Robert Harvey (1997)

Shane Crawford (1999)

Ben Cousins (2005)

Gary Ablett (2009 and 2013)

Nathan Fyfe (2015)

Patrick Dangerfield (2016)

Erin Phillips (2017)