Standing Ovation As Erin Phillips Is Stretchered Off During The AFLW Grand Final
As Erin Phillips was stretchered off the field in the AFLW Grand Final, we were given a lesson in sports-womanship.
Late in the third quarter, Adelaide Crows co-captain Phillips crumpled in a heap clutching her knee, with immediate fears she had injured her ACL.
After a hard year working her way back from problems with her quads, it was a sight no fan wanted to see.
Loaded on to the stretcher, Adelaide Oval rose to its feet to applaud one of their star players.
But it wasn't just the home crowd that showed their appreciation -- the players did too in a remarkable show of sportsmanship.
The first player to go over to her was Carlton's Jessica Edwards, who would have been forgiven for not bothering as they stared down a 45 point deficit to the Crows.
Nearly every player on the field made their way over to Phillips to show their appreciation.
As Phillips tried to hold in her tears, so did the commentators who called it "one of the most remarkable moments in Australian sport".
It wasn't all bad news for the Crows, who convincingly beat the Blues 63-18 to take out the premiership.
"It is bittersweet, but I am so proud of this group," Phillips, now a dual-premiership winner, said in a post-match interview.
Speaking to Fox Sports, Phillips confirmed she had injured her ACL.
"It's the ACL, something I've done before in the other leg. This was supposed to be my good leg," she said.
Phillips' dominate performance of 18 disposals and two goals saw her take out the best-on-ground medal -- the second time she has won it.
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