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AFLW 2018 Portraits - Adelaide Crows

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 8: The Crows 2017 All Australian Team members (L-R) Sarah Perkins, Courtney Cramey, Chelsea Randall, Erin Phillips and Ebony Marinoff pose for a portrait during the Adelaide Crows Womens team photo day at AAMI Stadium on December 8, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)

Two Crows forwards are ranked ‘elite’ by Champion Data.

According to the first AFLW Prospectus, Erin Phillips and Sarah Perkins are ranked in the top 10 per cent of their position.

Four other Crows players are in the ‘above average’ category, with Ebony Marinoff, Chelsea Randall, Courtney Cramey and Abbey Holmes in the top 35 per cent of their position.

It’s clear to see why.

Phillips was the top-ranking player in the AFLW season, leading the kicks, contested possessions, score involvements and shots at goal, while Perkins was the only key forward who played three or more games to finish in the top-five for both score assists and pressure applied.

Marinoff applied 37 more tackles than any other player in the league, and rated elite for metres gained and contested possessions. 

Randall was the intercept queen, winning more intercept possessions than any other midfielder, and was the only midfielder to rate elite for intercepts and shots at goal across the season.

Playing as a midfielder, Cramey left her best game to last in 2017, earning 23 disposals in the Grand Final - 12 of which were contested. Her 177 Champion Data points for the game were only second to Phillips.

As for the 2017 draftees, the statistics show Adelaide picked some good ones. 

At the Under-18 National Championships in 2017, Jessica Allan was the fourth ranked player, with an elite rating in disposals, contested marks, uncontested possessions, hitouts and tackles per game.

At the same event Eloise Jones also shone, ranking first for all forward in disposals, marks, inside 50’s and tackles per game and rating elite for contested possessions, contested marks, intercept possessions, score involvements and goal per game.

Overall, in 2017 Adelaide led the competition for contested possessions, inside 50’s and ball movement from the defensive half.

The Crows list is a similar height to last year, being the second tallest team in the competition with an average height of 171.1cm.

This is despite having the two smallest players in the competition on the list, with rookies Calista Boyd and Brianna Walling both 155cm.

Adelaide’s average age is 24 years and 333 days, ranked fifth oldest in the competition.