Game on! Why Erin Phillips believes the second season of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition is going to be bigger than ever
The Adelaide Crows co-captain says spectators can expect the game to go another level.
As eight teams once again fight it out for the AFL Women’s premiership, expect to see more crowd-pleasing performances from the players.
Adelaide Crows co-captain Erin Phillips, 32, tells The House of Wellness she expects to see a “higher standard of play” in the second season.
“Across the board, we’re going to see so much more improvement,” Erin says. “It’s only going to get better.”
The teams have had longer to prepare and work on development, and having played the inaugural season, the players now know what to expect of game days.
I play with the theory that this was actually never going to happen in my time, so every single game I get to play is special.
“Some of my teammates, and girls across the league, had never played in front of big crowds, so we have that experience now,” Erin says.
“I feel much more prepared, and I’m sure the other girls in the league feel the same way.”
As the defending premiers, Erin admits she’s hungry for another title.
“Once you get that winning feeling, you don’t ever want to lose it,” she says with a grin.
Erin was lauded for her many achievements – including best and fairest medals at club and league level – in last year’s debut AFLW season.
Yet she doesn’t worry about any high expectations being placed on her.
“I go out and play footy because I absolutely love it,” the Chemist Warehouse Wellness ambassador says.
“I play with the theory that this was actually never going to happen in my time, so every single game I get to play is special.”
Pick up a copy of the upcoming The House of Wellness February lift out for more on Erin and the NAB AFLW competition.