Crows veteran named GF captain, contender limps from training

ANGELA Foley will lead Adelaide in Saturday's Grand Final against Brisbane, but the Crows are yet to settle on who will replace concussed captain Chelsea Randall in the line-up.

Foley, 32, will step into the main role in the absence of Randall, having been a member of the Crows' leadership group since their inaugural year.

The backline stalwart and two-time premiership player was told on Wednesday she would lead the side, having been vice-captain between 2017-2020.

Randall was involved in a nasty head clash with Melbourne's Eliza McNamara in Saturday's preliminary final and was ruled out of the decider on Tuesday.

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The second major decision that looms for the Crows this week will be made on Wednesday night after their main training session at Adelaide Oval.

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Coach Matthew Clarke said he expected match committee to go well into the night.

The inclusion is unlikely to be Jess Sedunary, with the forward/midfielder finishing Wednesday's hitout with a heavy limp and ice on her right hamstring.

She left the field with Nikki Gore, who was sporting a moon boot and remains the only other Crow beyond Randall to be unavailable, thanks to the season-ending ankle surgery she had after round six.

The issue facing Clarke and match committee is what type of player they recall to replace Randall, who can play at both ends of the ground and in the midfield.  

In contention is Irish running forward Ailish Considine, who has been in and out of the team this year but does have Grand Final experience on her side having played in the victorious 2019 team.

Considine trained with the midfield group on Wednesday night in the hour-long session when the players split into lines, while fellow premiership Crow Renee Forth trained with the forwards.

The experienced forward/midfielder has played two AFLW games this year, the most recent in round eight, but was one of Woodville-West Torrens' best players over the Easter weekend before the SANFLW bye.

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Defender Lisa Whiteley also got through the session unscathed and presents as an option should Clarke decide to try and combat the Lions' bevy of forwards with an additional lockdown option.

Whiteley played the first seven rounds of the season before she fell out of the side and was also a strong performer in the SANFLW Easter round for South Adelaide.

The Crows used Considine and Chelsea Biddell as emergencies last weekend, with the latter also in the frame after playing in rounds one, two, three and seven this season.

Young pair Maddy Newman and Hannah Munyard trained with the defenders and forwards respectively, and both moved well.

Newman appears less likely of the two, having only played two AFLW games this year because of a shoulder issue, while Munyard played her third game for the season in round seven and has only played six AFLW games in total.

Crows superstar Erin Phillips trained solidly after a slow start where she bypassed the warm up drills to complete run throughs on her own, and seek treatment on her legs.

But the two-time AFLW best and fairest winner moved well in the main drills within line groups and then during the full oval match simulation.

Crow Erin Phillips receives treatment at the start of the Wednesday's session. Picture: Getty Images

Randall addressed the crowd of around 100 supporters and said she had been cleared to assist on the bench on Saturday.

She also said she was suffering no ill effects of her head knock and had actually "passed" her concussion testing on Wednesday.

Clarke indicated the Crows would only make the one forced change for Saturday's decider, with teams to be announced on Friday night.

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