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March 28, 2017 9:23 PM

AFLW: Phillips crowned AFLW's best Watch the moment Crow Erin Phillips became the inaugural AFLW best and fairest

Erin Phillips has completed a sweep of the major awards, winning the AFL Women’s Best and Fairest.

Phillips polled votes in six of Adelaide’s seven home and away games to finish at the top of the leaderboard with 14 votes, four ahead of Melbourne midfielder Karen Paxman and Western Bulldogs livewire Ellie Blackburn (10 votes).

Phillips polled the maximum six votes in the opening two rounds to take an early lead and was never headed.

The AFL Women’s Best and Fairest is the star Crow’s fifth significant honour in as many days.

On Saturday, she claimed a premiership medal and was named best on ground in Adelaide’s Grand Final win over the Brisbane Lions.

Phillips was then recognised by her peers with the AFLW Players’ Most Valuable Player on Monday, and finished second in the Best Captain voting.

At the W Awards on Tuesday night, the dominant midfielder/forward was an obvious inclusion in the inaugural AFL Women’s All Australian team, and also won Goal of the Year for her long bomb against Carlton in Round Three.

She is the favourite to take out the Crows Club Champion award in Darwin on Wednesday night.

An Olympian and two-time WNBA champion, Phillips has made a remarkable return to football after a 17-year absence from the game.

The skilful, athletic and tough ball winner led the League for effective kicks (61) and contested possessions (91), and ranked second in hard-ball gets (36), clearances (34), goal assists (four) and inside 50ms (26).

Daughter of Port Magpies champion Greg, Phillips was also sixth in AFLW for disposals (132) through the home and away season.

Phillips kicked eight goals, fifth in AFLW, including two bags of three in the first and final rounds and match-winning majors against Carlton and Collingwood. A big-game performer, she followed up with two goals from a season-high 28 possessions in Saturday’s AFLW Grand Final.

AFL Women’s Best and Fairest Leaderboard
14 – Erin Phillips (Adelaide)
10 – Karen Paxman (Melbourne)
10 – Ellie Blackburn (Western Bulldogs)
9 – Lara Filocamo (Fremantle)
8 – Kaitlyn Ashmore (Brisbane Lions)