Kim Mickle of Australia competes during the Women's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Australian Olympians join Adelaide, Fremantle AFL women’s teams

The AFL women’s league has claimed another coup, with Olympians Kim Mickle and Erin Phillips signing up for the inaugural season of the competition.

Mickle has signed with the Dockers ahead of the 2017 season, after recently competing in the javelin at the Rio Olympics.

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The 31-year-old played football as a junior before focusing on athletics. She won gold at the 2004 Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Adelaide has signed basketballer Erin Phillips.

Australia's shooting guard Erin Phillips (L) takes a shot over Serbia's forward Sonja Petrovic during a Women's quarterfinal basketball match between Australia and Serbia at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Andrej ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Australia’s shooting guard Erin Phillips (L) takes a shot over Serbia’s forward Sonja Petrovic during a Women’s quarterfinal basketball match between Australia and Serbia at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images.

Phillips played for the Opals in Rio and will complete her duties for the Dallas Wings in the WNBA before joining the Crows.

Phillips, the daughter of Greg Phillips who played 343 games for Port Adelaide, had initially committed to playing with the Power, before the club chose not to bid for a women’s team.

Greg Phillips also played 85 games for Collingwood in the VFL, meaning his daughter could have joined the Magpies as a father-daughter selection.

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  1. How is this a coup? Who cares? Its really hard to toss a javelin a few times over summer while you run around on an oval trying to get a kick in the winter. Plus if you are signing up javelin throwers as your star attraction for a football team then what does that say about the rest of the players? Laughable

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