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Phillips named Port Adelaide's inaugural AFLW skipper

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High-profile recruit Erin Phillips will add to her family’s legacy at Port Adelaide by serving as the club’s inaugural AFLW captain.

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The former Adelaide Crow and three-time All Australian is the Power’s marquee signing for their first season in the national league, which begins later this month.

“It is a huge honour to be named captain of Port Adelaide,” Phillips said.

“I feel incredibly privileged to be trusted to lead this amazing group of women, both on and off the field this season.”

A vote from Power players led to another former Crow, Ange Foley, being named vice-captain, with Hannah Dunn, Gemma Houghton and Justine Mules rounding out the leadership group.

Phillips’ father Greg is a former Port Adelaide SANFL champion and Australian Football Hall of Fame member.

“My dad always said to me the only thing better than playing for this club is being captain of this club and, he was right,” Phillips said.

“Telling him the news that I had been named captain was a very special and emotional moment for both of us.

“I’m so excited to be following in his footsteps and can’t wait to lead the team onto the ground for the first time.

“It will be yet another special moment for this group and for Port Adelaide.”

Port Adelaide travel to Perth to take on West Coast in their season opener on August 27

– AAP 

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