Adelaide claimed their third AFLW Premiership with a blistering 29-16 victory over the Melbourne Demons.
"It’s unreal. I’m frankly speechless," Erin Phillips, star player for the Crows, said afterwards.
"One of, if not the hardest game I’ve ever played. It was the strongest contest I have played. Yeah, it’s amazing. I do not know what to say. I am happy."
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The Crows were leading 7-0 after the first quarter and would never give it up, keeping the Demons at arm’s length in front of 16,712 fans in Adelaide.
Adelaide’s Anne Hatchard won Player of the Match with 26 eliminations.
"I would just like to thank Melbourne, you had such a great season. You have fought a great fight. I’m just, yeah, thank you so much for, you know, releasing a great game," she said as she received the award.
"Thanks to the girls. Without you here, I wouldn’t be standing here. So I want to thank you very much. The club, you just believed in me from the start. Six years with you. It was a fun trip. Thank you for always believing in me and supporting me.
"I would just like to thank my family. You know, you’ve been there for me the whole time. And especially my partner Georgie. I love you so much. I wouldn’t be here without you. Thanks very much."
Adelide won the inaugural competition in 2017 and again two years later, before losing the grand final to Brisbane in 2021.
"I’m so proud of our season and the steps forward we’ve taken this year," Demons star Daisy Pearce said.
"And the fact that we gave it an absolute crack together. I think we can come away proud of our efforts knowing that we have to go, put in the work and improve. Good work. I’m proud of all of us.
"And to all of our friends, families and supporters who came out today and throughout the year, thank you."
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