Erin Phillips stands at the top of one mountain, knowing she is at the bottom of another.
Banned West Coast star Andrew Gaff will return to playing in the revamped AFLX pre-season competition under Bolts captain Patrick Dangerfield.
Richmond have secured key forward Tom Lynch with Gold Coast confirming they would not try to match the Tigers’ AFL offer.
Reece Conca is the first confirmed AFL free agency move, leaving Richmond and returning to his native WA to join Fremantle.
Amid the jubilation, there were some wry smiles and sighs of relief after the West Coast Eagles dug deep, drawing on their “head, heart and gut” to recover from a disastrous start and beat Collingwood by five points in an epic AFL grand final.
Premiership midfielder Brandon Ellis is the unlucky casualty as Richmond recalled Kane Lambert for the AFL qualifying final against Hawthorn.