|V/AFL Clubs||St Kilda, Footscray|
Phil Cronan was a talented half back flanker or wingman who gave solid service to four league clubs. He commenced with South Fremantle in 1979 and became a regular, firstchoice player the following year. Cronan was a member of South's 1980 premiership team (grand final against East Fremantle reviewed here), and also played in the losing grand final of 1981 against Claremont. He made his interstate debut for Western Australia in 1981 and went on to play a total of 8 state games. At the end of the 1982 season, after 74 senior appearances for South, he decided that he needed a fresh challenge, and crossed to WestPerth. He played in all 21 of the Falcons' home and away matches in 1983, plus 1 NFL game, greatly enhancing his reputation as one of the finest half back flankers in the state int he process. The 1984 season saw him heading east to try his luck in the VFL with St Kilda. He spent three seasons with the Saints, playing 49 games, mostly as a wingman, and givinga generally good account of himself, as he would also do in a two season, 26 game stint with Footscray.
Author - John Devaney