AFLW Rd 1 - West Coast v Adelaide
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Parris Laurie of the Eagles and Rhiannon Metcalfe of the Crows contest the ruck during the round one AFLW match between the West Coast Eagles and the Adelaide Crows at Mineral Resources Park on January 30, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Inaugural Adelaide Crow Rhiannon Metcalfe has officially retired after six years in the competition, eager to explore opportunities beyond football.

The 30-year-old ran out for the Crows in 26 games across her career, including Adelaide's 2017 premiership win over Brisbane.

Marred by injury in 2019 after tearing her ACL in a pre-season match, the ruck would go on to play 11 games after her comeback, including 2021's grand final loss. Metcalfe, is part of the Australian Defence Force, was placed on the inactive list during the 2022 season due to work commitments.

Metcalfe thanked the club and said she was looking forward to life after football.

“The people were influential, the (2017) victory was euphoric, and the journey was phenomenal,” Metcalfe said.

“Now, I have further dreams and aspirations that my heart and mind are ready for. It’s time for that new chapter.

“It’s over to the next generation of footballers to inspire, succeed and love the game as I do.

 “I am eternally grateful for my time with the Adelaide Football Club.”

Adelaide Head of Women’s Football Phil Harper praised Metcalfe's work as a leader at the club and wished her the best going forward.

“Rhi is a much-loved person and player at the Adelaide Football Club,” Harper said.

“She helped to establish the culture of our women’s program from day one and also had a big presence on the field – every one walked taller with Rhi by their side.

“We are sad to see Rhi go, but we understand and respect her decision to move onto the next chapter of her life.

“Rhi will always be a Crow and we know she will continue to cheer her friends and former teammates on, just as she did on Grand Final day this year.”