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Phillips and Randall win top AFLW honours

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The Crows’ women’s team have added more accolades to their historic premiership, with co-captains Erin Philips and Chelsea Randall taking out two player awards today.

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Phillips, best on ground in Saturday’s victory against the Brisbane Lions, has taken out the AFLW Players’ Association Most Valuable Player Award.

Phillips was the clear winner in the peer-voted award with 204 votes, ahead of Melbourne midfielder Karen Paxman (149 votes) and AFLW leading goalkicker, Carlton’s Darcy Vescio (132).

She accepted the MVP trophy at a ceremony in Melbourne today, ending a dream season for the basketball champion who, before this season, last played competitive football more than 15 years ago.

Her Adelaide co-captain Randall claimed the “most courageous” award.

Phillips told the AFC website she was humbled by the win.

“I’m so proud of what we, as AFLW players, have been able to achieve over the past eight weeks and look forward to what the future holds for all of us as players and aspiring female footballers right across Australia,” she said.

Phillips finished second in the Best Captain Award, which was won by Melbourne’s Daisy Pearce.

AFL Players’ Association CEO Paul Marsh said today’s presentation was a “historic moment” in the association’s history.

“Congratulations to Erin, Chelsea and Daisy for their performances throughout the season and earning the recognition of the wider playing group as such worthy winners of these awards,” Marsh said.

“Erin’s ability to have such an impact on the competition off the back of her basketball commitments is testament to her incredible skill, athleticism and toughness.

“Chelsea is the ultimate professional and a big reason why the Crows are premiers, while Daisy’s leadership qualities were obvious long before the AFLW competition arrived.”

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