One of the Australia’s premiere basketballers has today announced intentions to make a dramatic switch in codes.
“My first and foremost priority is the Opals, and to make it to the Olympics in 2016. This announcement hasn’t changed my passion and commitment for basketball or Australia – it’s my No. 1 priority right now.”“The chance to follow in Dad’s footsteps and play for the club is something that I’m really excited about doing.”“Obviously the competition is two years away and there are many unknowns, but I’m proud to be offered this opportunity to play for Port one day, and to be part of the journey.”“Really, this announcement isn’t about me, it’s about another club saying it wants to help give women and girls the opportunity to play football at the elite level. It’s exciting to be part of that.”
— Port Adelaide FC (@PAFC) December 16, 2015
Phillips played junior-level football for Adelaide club SMOSH West Lakes, before running into the age-barriers that have long prevented women from progressing and carving out adult athletic careers in Australian rules football.