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Brisabane Lions win historic first AFLW premiership over the Adelaide Crows




In a letter addressed to Lions fans before the start of the 2021 AFLW grand final, Emily Bates penned what she called a “true cliche”:

Against the star power of Erin Phillips, Ebony Marinoff, Anne Hatchard and the other usual suspects, Brisbane did indeed prove Bates — who would finish the final as the game’s equal highest possession-getter —  and the cliche true in their 18-point victory over Adelaide.

Brisbane players, one crouching over another lying on the ground, celebrate
It was utter jubilation for the Lions at the final siren.(

AAP: Matt Turner


As Bates — a member of the leadership group — would go on to write, it is true that the Lions “do not rely on individual star power”. 


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