Erin Phillips Got A Standing Ovation As She Was Stretchered Off The Field

Erin Phillips

In moving scenes, thousands rose to their feet to applaud Adelaide Crows star Erin Phillips who, in the third quarter of the AFLW Grand Final, was stretchered off the field with an ACL injury. The extraordinary show of respect came from the record 53,034 footy fans at the Adelaide Oval, and players from both sides in the Crows-Carlton clash.

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The Crows went on to win their second premiership by a stunning 45 points.

Phillips was named Best on Ground for her incredible performance prior to her injury – 18 possessions and two goals. She was helped on stage by her teammates Chelsea Randall and Ebony Marinoff. 

“This is an absolute dream come true, not just for our girls but for Carlton as well, to play in front of this crowd means so much to us and it’s amazing for women’s footy,” she said.

“It is bittersweet but I’m so proud of this group,” Phillips said of her injury. “[We’ve] had such an amazing season and to finish off like we did today was unbelievable and in front of 53,000 people in Adelaide was a dream come true.”

Phillips also confirmed she had injured her ACL, saying it was “something I’ve done before on the other leg, this was meant to be my good leg … Unfortunately that’s just sport, that’s how it is, that’s the risk you take when you play contact sport.”

She added that she’s going to do everything she can to come back next season.

Earlier in the game, Adelaide’s Chloe Scheer also appeared to seriously injure her knee. Adelaide head coach Matthew Clarke later confirmed Scheer’s injury was likely ACL-related, as reported by The Herald Sun.

On Twitter, support flooded in for the two stars with footy fans sharing their pride for the respect shown on and off field.