The Adelaide Football Club congratulates two pioneers of the AFLW - inaugural Crows coach Bec Goddard and former co-captain Erin Phillips - on being awarded the Order of Australia.
Both Goddard and Phillips were honoured on the Queen’s Birthday for their services in advancing women’s sport in Australia through football and basketball.
The talented Phillips played a crucial role in the Crows winning their two AFLW Premierships and she has also claimed the competition’s Best and Fairest medal twice.
In 2006, Phillips won gold playing for the Opals in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, followed shortly by a first-placed finish in the 2006 FIBA World Championships.
Two years later, Phillips won silver in the Beijing Olympics as the Opals finished runners-up to the United States for the third time running.
She won two WNBA titles in 2012 and 2014 with the Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury, respectively.
Goddard coached the Crows’ AFLW side for its first two years, leading the team to the League’s maiden Premiership in 2017.
Following her time at West Lakes, Goddard took up an assistant coaching role with the University of Canberra Capitals in the Women’s National Basketball League.
Her long association with various roles in football has now extended to her being the current coach of Hawthorn’s VFLW side.
Crows CEO Tim Silvers said both Goddard and Phillips had been instrumental in establishing a women’s football program at the Club that remained industry leading.
“Not only are Bec and Erin trailblazers in women’s sport in this country but they are also quality people who inspire people of all ages,” Silvers said.
“Our Club is fortunate to have benefited from their passion, commitment and talent, and they richly deserve this latest recognition.”