For the first time in Harris Scarfe’s 167 year history, we’re sponsoring a sports team. The Adelaide Crows women’s football team!
We’ll have a big presence at Thebarton Oval when the Crows kick off their history-making match tomorrow. You’ll see our iconic logo on the team’s guernseys and training gear, plus on the ground, too. Even more so, we’ll be there in spirit on this momentous occasion.
The team at the Adelaide Football Club are super proud to be chosen as one of the eight competitors in the new NAB AFL Women’s competition. Senior Women’s Coach Bec Goddard said, “our focus is on improving each day so that we can play our own brand of competitive and entertaining football which people want to watch.”
On that note, you won’t find two more excited women than Chelsea Randall and Erin Phillips. Meet the Adelaide Crows’ women’s co-captains…
Erin Phillips (left) and Chelsea Randall
As a teenager, the biggest stage for Erin to show her football skills were annual appearances in the Slowdown charity games in the early 2000s.
Then basketball took over, allowing her to carve out an impressive international career highlighted by a 2006 World Championships gold medal, a 2008 Olympic silver medal and two WNBL titles with Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury.
“I’ve basically wanted to play football since I was born, having grown up in a sporting family watching Dad play football professionally,” Erin says.
She believes the new women’s league will have a major impact on the next generation of football supporters.
“I think [the league] is going to be huge,” she says.
We do too and we’re behind you all the way Erin!
Chelsea started playing competitive football at 11 in WA, playing alongside and against boys before progressing to playing against women at 14. At 15 Chelsea was selected to play for WA.
A physical, athletic and highly professional midfielder/forward, Chelsea went on to represent her state four times, earning All Australian status three times. She captained the WA team in 2013.
In the same year, she was selected in the inaugural AFL Women’s Draft. She stunned the crowd with her smarts and skill in the first AFL Women’s Exhibition Match, and received a best-on-ground performance in 2014.
Chelsea says she’s “honoured and privileged to be a part of the Adelaide Football Club” and feels that it was “destined to happen”.
Good luck tomorrow Chelsea!!