28/02/2024

Ebony Marinoff in action. Picture: Jack Hudson

Adelaide star Ebony Marinoff said there's plenty still to come from her side after a rampant start to the AFLW season.

Adelaide is 3-0 and striving on top of the AFLW ladder after thrashing West Coast by 33 points on Saturday.

However, despite beating the Eagles and fellow contenders Brisbane and North Melbourne in the first two games, star midfielder Ebony Marinoff told The Crowject that there’s more to come.

“It’s been a really good start to the season, I feel like we haven’t even hit our straps yet in terms of what we are capable of, but I guess just to be able to play some really good team footy has been great,” she said.

“We are striving for the ultimate success, which Is a premiership.”

The reigning best and fairest winner was full of praise for the squad, crediting a depth of talent with their recent run of form.

“We worked on many things over the offseason, but I guess the depth of the squad the first two rounds… just everyone having an impact and not relying on one or two, three, four people to get the win,” she said.

“It’s really collective… I think that’s the most pleasing thing I’ve seen in the first two rounds.”

This spread of talent has been evident within the Crows who ran over the top of the reigning premiers Brisbane and contenders in North, a team who Marinoff believes ‘would be up there with having the best midfield in the league.’

Adelaide played West Coast in its first fly in-fly out contest, and Marinoff stressed the importance of remaining flexible under the conditions and not taking anything for granted.

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“You just have to keep pounding that (embracing challenges) within the girls as well as staff… there’s gonna be so many times when something happens that really is out of your control, so just do what you can when you can when you have a training session do it at your best and at this intensity and make sure that every day we have together as a group … cherish them,” she said.

Marinoff is a key piece to the Crows midfield group and is an inaugural squad member, but faced a difficult decision in 2021, turning down a reportedly large offer from newcomers St Kilda.

The expansion of the league and the increase in opportunities for young women was something Marinoff was equally positive and philosophical about.

“I think… it’s reality. This league is growing, and we want it to grow as players and we want to grow across the country,” she said.

“How good is it that we’re at this elite level, where people get these opportunities…where people get to… spread their wings.

“When going through that process, think it’s just being really open minded… there’s a lot to think about… going through the right processes.

“I’m one who would say it’s a big reality of where our games going because there is so much expansion year on year.”

Fans will be hoping this new reality doesn’t come in the form of a beloved player joining a cross town rival, however Marinoff is quick to re-iterate that that “that’s just part of being part of an elite sporting environment.”

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