Erin Phillips continues Bearcats' Olympic tradition

West Adelaide has a long and rich association with the Olympics, with nine Bearcats having either played for or coached with Australia at the Games.


Our Olympians are:

  • Keith Miller 1956 (Coach)

  • Alan Dawe 1960

  • Werner Linde 1964, 1968

  • Glenn Marsland 1972

  • Peter Ali 1980

  • Pat Mickan 1984, 1988

  • Michael McKay 1992

  • Rachael Sporn 1996, 2000, 2004

  • Erin Phillips 2008, 2016


Erin will play for the Opals again in 2016, this time as vice-captain of the team. You can follow Erin on Twitter @erinphillips131 and Instagram (erinphillips131).

You can read Erin's official Olympic profile here: and send her a message of support - don't forget to mention you are a Bearcat and tag your message with #westbearcats


The Opals games will all be televised on Channel Seven. The Opals are in Pool A, and will face Japan, Brazil, France, Belarus and Turkey. The top four teams advance to the knock-out rounds.

The schedule for the Australian Women's team is: 

Sunday, August 7th: Opals vs Brazil @ 6am

Monday, August 8th: Opals vs Turkey @ 6am

Wednesday, August 10th: Opals vs France @ 12.45am

Friday, August 12th: Opals vs Japan @ 6am

Sunday, August 14th: Opals vs Belarus @ 12.45am

The schedule for the Australian Men's team is: 

Sunday, August 7th: Boomers vs France @ 2.45am

Tuesday, August 9th: Boomers vs Serbia @ 2.45am

Thursday, August 11th: Boomers vs USA @ 7.30am

Saturday, August 13th: Boomers vs China @ 2.45am

Monday, August 15th: Boomers vs Venezuela @ 7.30am

You can check our more about our other Olympians on our Hall of Fame page.