Erin Phillips with her medal on Tuesday night.
By LUCY HOLMES
Adelaide co-captain Erin Phillips created history on Tuesday night in claiming the inaugural AFLW Best & Fairest award, just days after leading the Crows to premiership glory.
But what did she win, exactly?
Former Western Bulldogs vice-president Susan Alberti was a pioneer of the AFL women’s competition. She donated $25,000 to the Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL) to help the leagues volunteers and the association, which was struggling to stay afloat at the time. The VWFL Premier Division Cup is named the Susan Alberti Cup in her honour and she was awarded life membership of the Western Bulldogs Football Club in 2015 and is also the president of the Footscray Football Club VFL team.
Football writer and broadcaster Caroline Wilson was the first woman to cover Australian Rules football on a full-time basis. She was also the first woman to earn the AFL's gold media award. Wilson, like Alberti, did not actually play competition Australian Rules football, but she is a quality contributor to the Australian football media with many young aspiring female sports journalists wanting to follow in her footsteps.
Charles Brownlow himself was both a player and involved in the broader administration of the game. He played with the Geelong Football Club, worked as the club secretary for almost 40 years and he served as the Victorian Football League president between 1918 and 1919.