Adelaide’s AFLW team could receive a timely boost on the weekend with the long-awaited return of superstar co-captain Erin Phillips.
The Crows’ premiership defence is hanging by a thread after they started the season 0-2, which means they now have to win their final five games to be any chance of finishing in the top two.
Phillips (quad) was missing from the first two games but she was named in Adelaide’s selected side on Thursday night and her potential return for their crunch clash against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday at Norwood Oval would be much-needed.
Adelaide coach Bec Goddard rated the 32-year-old as better than a 50-50 chance to line up against the Dogs, but she still needed to tick some boxes.
The Bulldogs have started the new season with a bang, winning their first two games against Fremantle and the Brisbane Lions to sit in second spot on the ladder.
Phillips took all before her in the inaugural AFLW season, winning the league’s best-and-fairest, the Players’ MVP award, the grand final best on ground and premiership as well as being named the All-Australian vice-captain.