The Courier-Mail

LIONS WARY OF PHILLIPS GRAND FINAL THREAT

- CHRIS HONNERY

THE Brisbane Lions will be on their guard against another AFLW master class from Crows star Erin Phillips in this weekend’s Grand Final at Adelaide Oval.

Memories of Phillips’ dominant display in Round 4 at Hickey Park are still fresh in the minds of Brisbane.

Phillips was inspired, booting four goals to steer Adelaide to a 6.9 (45) to 5.3 (33) win over the Lions.

Now, the Lions are out for vengeance in this weekend’s blockbuste­r, particular­ly after losing the Crows in the 2017 decider.

Phillips’ presence will be vital for the home side after skipper Chelsea Randall was on Monday ruled out of the game with concussion.

Brisbane midfielder Ally Anderson said the Lions players had to be wary.

“She is always going to perform and she’s such a massive leader in that team,” Anderson said.

“If she does get going, she can lift the whole team up.

“She’s very strong, very athletic and very smart so she is difficult to stop but it’s a whole team thing to be able to stop her.”

Brisbane have been boosted by the knowledge they will wear their Indigenous jerseys on Saturday.

“I know the girls love the design and love playing in the jersey and it’s pretty special to play in that again for the Grand Final,” Anderson said.

Brisbane are expected to name a full-strength side after emerging unscathed from last weekend’s thrilling preliminar­y final win over Collingwoo­d. It’s a different story for Randall, who was concussed in a sickening head clash early in Adelaide’s preliminar­y final win against the Demons.

Under new protocols introduced by the AFL and AFLW this season, any player – male or female – must be rested for a mandatory 12 days after suffering concussion.

THE Grand Final-bound Lions players will have an extra supporter when they take on the Crows for the AFLW premiershi­p decider at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The club has unveiled the AFLW’s newest mascot, which fans have been given the chance to name, as part of an initiative with club sponsor Price Attack.

“She’s powerful, she’s courageous, she’s got great hair and even better footy skills, but wait until you hear her roar,” AFLW Lions chief executive Breanna Brock said.

“Although she might not be as big as her brother Roy, she’s certainly faster, and more agile.”

Fans will also be cheering during the pre-game entertainm­ent, after Australian indie-pop artist G Flip was announced to perform at the final.

The 26-year-old, who is best known for her breakout single About You, said that it was “a privilege and an honour”.

 ?? Picture: Lachie Millard. ?? Brisbane Lions player Ally Anderson at the Gabba before Saturday’s AFLW Grand final against Adelaide and their star Erin Phillips (inset).
Picture: Lachie Millard. Brisbane Lions player Ally Anderson at the Gabba before Saturday’s AFLW Grand final against Adelaide and their star Erin Phillips (inset).
 ?? Picture: Lachie Millard ?? Brisbane Lions players Kate Lutkins and Ally Anderson with their new team mascot.
Picture: Lachie Millard Brisbane Lions players Kate Lutkins and Ally Anderson with their new team mascot.

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