'This Is Nuts': A Record-Breaking 53,000 People Attended The AFLW Grand Final
A record crowd turned out to watch the Adelaide Crows take on Carlton in the AFLW Grand Final at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
The official attendance number was 53,034, smashing the previous record by more than 11,000.
The previous record -- 41, 975 -- was set at the opening of Perth's Optus stadium between Fremantle and Collingwood last year, but that's old news now.
The AFL was hoping for 25,000 people, and early game day estimates put the crowd at 38,000.
But as thousands continued to flock to the Oval on Sunday, the top tiers had to be opened to accommodate them.
And it was a worthwhile day out at the footy, with the home crowd watching the Crows take the flag with a 63-18 win over Carlton.
Adelaide's inspirational co-captain Erin Phillips dominated before suffering a serious knee injury during the 45-point win.
Phillips, the competition's premier player, starred with 18 disposals and two goals before being taken from the field on a motorised stretcher after damaging a knee in the third quarter.
Phillips, clearly best-afield at the time, crumbled after trying to change direction and instantly grabbed her left knee.
Her teammate Chloe Scheer also sustained what appeared a serious knee injury and Stevie Lee-Thompson hurt an ankle as the Crows hammered the Blues.
Adelaide secured a second flag in the third AFLW season with a devastating spree of eight consecutive goals in the first and second quarters.
Phillips, Eloise Jones, ruck Jesica Foley (18 possessions, 27 hitouts) and Anne Hatchard (24 disposals) were instrumental while forward Danielle Ponter slotted three goals.
Carlton's Brianna Davey (22 touches) and Nicola Stevens (15 touches) battled gamely against the dominant Crows, who held a commanding 40-point halftime advantage.
Despite only playing for three quarters, Phillips was named 'Best On Field', the second time she has picked up the accolade.