Scheer will: How Adelaide's other Grand Final knee victim is tracking

IT'S OFTEN overlooked, but there were not one, but two players to suffer ACL injuries in the AFLW Grand Final at the end of March.

Adelaide comprehensively defeated Carlton, and the competition's best player Erin Phillips won the medal for being best on ground despite injuring her knee in the third term, but there was another Crow facing a long period of rehab with a premiership medal around her neck.

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Chloe Scheer seemingly had the world at her feet during the first half of the Grand Final; one of the most natural footballers you'll come across, she was dominating across half-forward.

One particular passage of play sticks in the mind: the then-19-year-old leaps high on the back of Kerryn Harrington, springing to her feet and wheeling around in the one motion, casually booting the ball off a few steps nearly 50 metres to a waiting Danielle Ponter.

But it all came crashing down just minutes later while chasing a loose ball, her right knee giving way underneath her.

Scheer is one of five Adelaide players rehabbing a torn ACL (Phillips, Rhiannon Metcalfe, Chelsea Randall and Hannah Button), and along with Phillips and Metcalfe, is aiming to play at some point in the 2020 season.

"The plan is, hopefully if everything goes smoothly, that sometime in January I will get back out on the track with the girls," Scheer told the club website.

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"That's what I'm focusing on and I am going to push for that in the Christmas break, make sure I am doing everything right.

"I'll just see how it pans out and how my knee handles everything, but I'm hopeful to get back out there in 2020."

Carlton's Jess Edwards and Katie Loynes console the injured Chloe Scheer as she's carted off the ground. Picture: AFL Photos

Scheer is currently undergoing her second lot of rehab from a torn ACL, having missed out on her draft year in 2017 while recovering from a left knee injury.

She was a highly talented junior, winning three under-18 league best and fairests, the SANFLW Rising Star and the Dutschke Medal as the now-Adelaide Footy League's best and fairest at just 16.

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In her urgency to get back on track after the Grand Final, Scheer went too hard, too early in her recovery, a valuable learning curve for the youngster.

"When I started running, I actually pushed myself too hard, so that is why my knee was ending up a little bit sore," Scheer said.

"But thinking about it now, it's actually set me up well with my fitness.

"I'll keep going and as soon as I can run a bit harder and do a bit more work, I think I'll be really fit."

When fit, Scheer is part of a young, potent forward line alongside Ponter and Eloise Jones, all under the age of 21.

Throw in AFLW leading goalkicker Stevie-Lee Thompson, a returning Ruth Wallace (personal reasons), and resting mids Phillips and (possibly) Courtney Gum and the two-time premiers will once again be formidable forward of centre.

"My key focus now is strength training, because my fitness is going really well," Scheer said.

"I feel like I am the fittest I've been. It's a good benchmark for seasons to come I can keep progressing and see where it takes me."

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