Adelaide Crows co-captain Erin Phillips celebrates winning the AFLW grand final against the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium.
Adelaide Crows co-captain Erin Phillips celebrates winning the AFLW grand final against the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium. DAN PELED

AFLW grand final player ratings

WHAT a thriller.

The final instalment of the AFLW didn't disappoint, with Adelaide handing Brisbane its first defeat of the season.

The Crows captains were inspirational, while a number of Lions failed to back up their home and away season form.

Here we rate every player.

ADELAIDE

Courtney Cramey - 9

As she did against Collingwood, started on the ball and it paid off in spades. Great ball use, especially when kicking inside 50. Finished the game with 23 touches, the second most behind Erin Phillips. Concussed last weekend, but didn't affect her at all.

Sarah Perkins - 7

No impact on the scoreboard, but played her role. Consistently provided a target up forward and worked tirelessly to bring the ball to ground. A remarkable season capped off with a remarkable win. Great battle with Leah Kaslar.

Kellie Gibson - 7

Set the game alight with a goal in the opening 20 seconds of the match. Continued to run all day and provided plenty of spark for her team.

Stevie-Lee Thompson - 6

A quiet day at the office for Thompson, with only the six touches. Made Brisbane speedster Kate McCarthy accountable, though, which would have delighted coach Bec Goddard.

Erin Phillips - 10

Simply sensational. Kicked two goals and took a hanger in the third quarter, and racked up a game-high 28 touches. There aren't enough superlatives for Erin Phillips. She lead from the front and ripped the game open. A worthy winner of the AFLW equivalent of the Norm Smith Medal.

Ebony Marinoff - 7

Marinoff is in line for the inaugural Rising Star award and she again demonstrated why today. Tough throughout, she laid six tackles and finished the match with 16 disposals. 7

Sarah Allan - 5

Performed her role as she has all season. Helped lock the ball in the Crows' forward line.

Justine Mules - 5

Pressure has been Mules' trademark all year, and while it didn't go missing, it wasn't as prevalent as it has been all season.

Sally Riley - 4

One of nine Northern Territory players in the team, Riley wasn't hugely effective.

Dayna Cox - 7

Was full of fire last weekend against Collingwood, but harnessed that energy perfectly. Finished the match with 11 disposals and was an important link up player.

Angela Foley - 6

The vice-captain didn't disappoint on the big stage. The only time she looked shaky was when Tayla Harris used her as a step ladder.

Deni Varnhagen - 7

Very lively throughout. Hit the scoreboard early and continued to stand up when the Lions threatened.

Anne Hatchard - 5

Only five touches for Hatchard, who worked tirelessly off half back.

Talia Radan - 5

Competitive all day, Radan was another defender who can hold her head high, knowing she did her job.

Georgia Bevan - 6

Came flying out of the blocks, with six touches in the opening term when the game was hot. Had 10 touches at half time and only added three more, but set the tempo early which was important.

Heather Anderson - 6

Performed well when the heat was on in the first quarter and the Crows' backline was under siege. Went off midway through the third quarter with an injury to her right shoulder and didn't return.

Chelsea Randall - 10

Once again did a sensational job in nullifying Tayla Harris, who had zero touches to her name at halftime. Randall willed herself at every contest and was fearless in the air. An absolute star who only just missed out on the best on ground award.

Jenna McCormick - 3

Didn't have much of an impact and gave away a silly 50m penalty.

Rachael Killian - 5

Not her best performance. Looked nervous and it showed. In the first quarter she missed a shot from 20m out and then dropped a mark in the next play.

Jessica Sedunary - 5

Laid four tackles and continued to take the game on, even when the whistle went against her. 5

Abbey Holmes - 5

Eight touches and two tackles for the handy forward. Showed nerves off the top and fumbled the ball, but still contributed.

Rhiannon Metcalfe - 5

A warrior in the ruck, she struggled to match it with Sabrina Frederick-Traub around the ground. Despite this, Adelaide dominated the clearances (29-11), which demonstrates Metcalfe did her job.

BRISBANE

Sam Virgo - 6

Got more of the ball than usual down back, providing a rebounding presence from defence. Consistently a strong performer for the Lions, this performance was no exception. A strong outing.

Leah Kaslar - 7

An absolute rock at the heart of defence, Kaslar was in an engaging contest with Perkins and kept the Crows spearhead goalless. That said, the forward still managed to have an impact on the contest.

Shannon Campbell - 5

The defender won plenty of the ball, finishing with 11 disposals and was part of a hard-working Lions defence.

Tahlia Randall - 4

Was crunched at one point but worked hard to contribute, finishing with eight disposals.

Kate Lutkins - 5

Produced a memorable tackle on Jessica Sedunary that saved a certain goal. Otherwise, largely played her role down back.

Breanna Koenen - 3

Worked hard early but was later sidelined by injury.

Sharni Webb - 4

Finished the day with eight disposals but was unable to hit the scoreboard. A relatively quiet day out.

Emily Bates - 8

While the Lions' midfield was largely beaten on the day, Bates was a standout around the stoppages. Ended the day with 18 disposals and five tackles, a fine finish to an excellent debut season.

Emma Zielke - 5

The Lions skipper won 13 touches and had four tackles but will unfortunately best be remembered for her final quarter brain snap, which gifted Adelaide a 50m penalty and slowed Brisbane's momentum.

Megan Hunt - 6

Struggled to showcase her run and carry but worked hard to have an impact around the contest. Finished the day with 13 disposals, eight marks and six tackles.

Kaitlyn Ashmore - 6

Was lively up forward and consistently looked to run and carry the ball. However, she wasn't able to hit the scoreboard.

Sabrina Frederick-Traub - 9

A genuine lionhearted performance from Brisbane's marquee. Frederick-Traub rotated between the ruck and the forward line, providing a presence throughout, and also booted a clutch goal.

Kate McCarthy - 2

It was a dirty day out for the Brisbane half-forward, who collected just four disposals and failed to provide any of her trademark run. She did work hard defensively, recording four tackles.

Jordan Membrey - 2

Another Lion who had a quiet day out, with just the two disposals, Membrey had far less impact than usual.

Tayla Harris - 3

Was shut down by Crows captain Chelsea Randall in the first half, failing to register a disposal. Improved after half time and took a clutch mark to boot an important goal but her influence outside of that moment was minimal.

Jessica Wuetschner - 7

Provided an early spark up forward and finished the day with two goals from her 11 disposals. Was quieter late in the piece but did her job.

Nikki Wallace - 4

Six touches coming off the bench, Wallace pinch hit in the midfield, but didn't set the world on fire.

Jamie Stanton - 5

Finished the game with 12 disposals and looked to provide run throughout, though arguably wasn't a standout.

Nicole Hildebrand - 6

The Lions defender did well to battle through injury and produced a gutsy performance down back. Always works hard to contribute.

Selina Goodman - 2

Just the one kick for Goodman, who had a very quiet day out.

Brittany Gibson - 4

Finished the day with eight disposals and two tackles but was a quiet contributor overall.

Alexandra Anderson - 3

Another Lion who struggled to win the ball, Anderson finished the day with four disposals and had three tackles.

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