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AFLW: Phillips a content Crow

Dinny Navaratnam, AFL Media, with staff writers  March 28, 2017 10:50 PM

AFLW 2017 Grand Final - Brisbane v Adelaide

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Erin Phillips of the Crows celebrates with her father Greg during the AFL Women's Grand Final between the Brisbane Lions and the Adelaide Crows on March 25, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

AFL Women’s Best and Fairest Erin Phillips says she can’t imagine playing with any team other than the Crows after a dream AFLW season.

On Tuesday night, Phillips added the League’s highest individual honour to her impressive list of accolades.

It continues an incredible week for the Crows co-captain, who was best on ground in her team’s premiership win on Saturday before taking out the AFLW Players’ Association MVP on Monday night.

Her father Greg played 343 games for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL, as well as 85 for Collingwood in the VFL.

That meant Phillips grew up a Port Adelaide fan, and she had an agreement with the club in 2015 to play for the Power if it gained a licence.

Now a premiership Crow, Phillips said she was happy in the blue, red and gold.

"I can guarantee you my dad would never ask me to leave the Adelaide Football Club and I wouldn't. They've been so good to me," Phillips said.

"I love being a Crow."

Football isn't the only sport at which Phillips excels – the basketballer will return to the US next month for the Dallas Wings' upcoming WNBA season.

An injury to her right quad in her second training session after kicking a footy too many times – an action she hadn't been used to after not being allowed to play competitive football after 13 – set her pre-season back.

She regained fitness in time for the season, but best-on-ground performances in her opening two games indicate the hampered preparation didn't impact her form.

Phillips kept the injury a secret from the Wings and reiterated she was back to full fitness.

The 31-year-old was named vice-captain of the All Australian team earlier in the night and was also voted by fans as the winner of the Coates Hire Goal of the Year, for her effort in round three against Carlton.

 She has also twice represented Australia at the Olympics – in 2008 and 2016, and was part of Australia's 2006 world championship-winning team. A vice-captain of the Opals in Rio, she harbours dreams of winning gold in Tokyo.

The football connection doesn't end with her father – her brother-in-law is premiership Hawk Shaun Burgoyne. With the bevy of awards Phillips has though, she might have bragging rights.

And that's not to mention her Olympic silver medal, a world championship and two WNBA titles.

"I'm very honoured to win this today – but Shaun hasn't won one and dad hasn't," she said.