Heartbroken dad of Margaret Varcoe, who died after freak footy accident grieves ...

The heartbroken father of an Australian Rules player who died following a tragic accident while playing footy last weekend has bravely paid tribute to his 'baby girl'.

Margaret Varcoe, 27, the sister of Collingwood Magpies midfielder Travis Varcoe, died surrounded by her family in Adelaide on Thursday afternoon.

She was playing for Angle Vale Football Club in the grand final last Sunday when she was involved in a head-on collision with an opponent and teammate.

Less than 24 hours after her tragic death, her devastated father Brian publicly paid tribute to his 'smart, very intelligent, good little footballer'.

Margaret, pictured with brothers Adam (left) and Travis, was playing for Adelaide's Angle Vale Football Club in the grand final on Sunday when she was involved in a head-on collision

Margaret, pictured with brothers Adam (left) and Travis, was playing for Adelaide's Angle Vale Football Club in the grand final on Sunday when she was involved in a head-on collision

'I'm gonna miss her dearly, dearly, no words to describe how much I'm gonna miss her,' Mr Varcoe told 9 News.

'How can you describe it when you lose a daughter that you love so dearly? I just loved her so much.'   

Angle Vale team manager Catt King added: 'She was such a great mentor to many of our players, she started getting a really big voice even though she's so quiet, she was known at the club as Marg Varcoe, Marg Varcoe the Coach, Coach Varcoe.' 

It's understood she collapsed in the change room shortly after the collision and was rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Angle Vale Football Club will retire the #1 jersey from its open women's team in honour of the 'ultimate quiet achiever'.

'I just loved her so much,' her devastated father Brian Varcoe (pictured) said

'I just loved her so much,' her devastated father Brian Varcoe (pictured) said

'Those who had the privilege of watching Margie on the football field would agree that her playing ability was simply magic,' the club posted on Facebook.

'She had an undeniable willingness to do whatever it took to put her team in the best position to win. Her electrifying pace and agility added an exciting spark to her games and we don't doubt she is the only footballer who could quietly sit in the change room pre-game doing a sudoku and then head out shortly after to earn herself a best on ground performance.'

The lengthy post described Margie as humble, genuine and kind and paid tribute to her outrageously 'fashionable' socks which she wore on almost every off-field occasion.

Collingwood star Travis Varcoe's (left) sister Margaret (right) died in hospital surrounded by her family days after a freak accident while playing football

'Margie was so much more than simply what she brought to the footy field,' the post stated.

'Despite her quiet nature, she was always willing to offer advice and you could always count on her for encouragement. Our world will never be quite the same without her but we will cherish ever

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