LISTEN: 'G'day Bec, it's Clarko'. The phone call that changed Goddard's life

IT WAS the call that changed her life.

Ahead of Saturday’s NAB AFLW Grand Final, inaugural Adelaide premiership coach, Bec Goddard, has revealed she received a surprise phone call from four-time Hawthorn premiership coach Alastair Clarkson during Grand Final week in 2017.

The advice he gave helped to inspire the Crows' six-point win over the Lions to claim a historic AFLW flag.

"I was driving home from training on Grand Final week and I had a phone call from a number I’d never seen before," Goddard told the Cutting Oranges podcast.

"Normally I wouldn’t answer it, private numbers scare me, but it’s Grand Final week so I thought I better get it because it could be one of the girls broken down or broken a leg, I better answer it.

"This voice on the other end said, 'G'day Bec, it’s Clarko'.


"I was like, Clarko, Clarko, I’m a proud passionate paid-up Hawthorn member and I’m thinking 'Oh my God, Alastair Clarkson’s calling me'.

"And he says I just want to talk to you about your defence against Brisbane in the Grand Final, I watched your last game against them. I want to talk about how you’re going to set up."

To hear the advice from Clarko and how he helped Goddard tweak her tactics against the Lions, tune in to the latest Cutting Oranges podcast with Darcy Vescio.

Cutting Oranges Ep10: Bec Goddard

53:08 Apr 16. 2021. 9:00 AM

Darcy Vescio chats to football pioneer Bec Goddard about the AFLW Grand Final and her time coaching the Crows

In this episode …

2.00 - Goddard’s childhood and how her love for footy grew

6:30 - Her junior sporting career and how she got into umpiring footy

22.25 - The weird experience of walking into Adelaide as the head AFLW coach in 2017

30.07 – How a phone call from Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson in Grand Final week helped the Crows claim the inaugural AFLW premiership

49.30 - Grand Final preview between Adelaide and Brisbane

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