One of Adelaide’s foundation players and dual premiership winner Courtney Cramey has announced her retirement from elite level football.
The 34-year-old has been a consistent performer across 20 AFLW games, having served as vice-captain and earning All-Australian honours in the competition’s inaugural season.
Prior to AFLW, Cramey had a successful State league career which included four premierships and captaining South Australia, among a list of other achievements.
Cramey said her passion for the game had not diminished but her body could no longer handle the demands of training and playing games.
“To end up playing for the club I barracked for as a kid and then to win two premierships in a short space of time is truly more than I could have ever hoped for,” Cramey said.
“Friendships are always a big part of footy and one of the main reasons why we all play but I feel privileged to have been part of such a significant era in women’s sport, and to watch the AFLW quickly grow and develop into what it has become today has been amazing.
“I have always loved footy and want to stay involved and right now I am enjoying coaching the Under 18s at Glenunga Football Club, and I really want to see where the coaching path takes me.”
Crows AFLW Senior Coach Matthew Clarke described Cramey as a fierce competitor who had played a key role in creating a positive environment and tight-knit playing group.
“As one of our inaugural squad members, Courtney has had a major impact on the Club’s women’s program both on and off the field,” Clarke said.
“Her leadership and genuine care for others have made her a much loved and respected team mate, and she could always be counted on to play her role on game day.
“Team success and premierships will always be the ultimate but just as memorable is the fact Courtney was among those who forged a path for young girls and women across the country to fulfill their football ambitions, whether that be as a player, coach or administrator.”
Cramey will continue her association with the Crows and sit on Adelaide’s Past Players and Officials Board.