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Key Facts

Full name
Gregory I. Phillips

Known as
Greg Phillips

26 March 1959 (age 63)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 24y 14d
Last game: 27y 157d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 98 kg

Senior clubs
Port Adelaide; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 3

Recruited from
Port Adelaide (1983); Collingwood (1987)

Hall of fame
South Australian Football Hall Of Fame (2003)

Family links
Shaun Burgoyne (Son-in-law)Erin Phillips (Daughter)

Greg Phillips

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port AdelaideSANFL1976-1982, 1987-1993343930.27

AFL: 9,420th player to appear, 2,844th most games played, 4,641st most goals kickedCollingwood: 839th player to appear, 230th most games played, 402nd most goals kicked

A defender who became increasingly solidly built but arguably no less effective the longer his career went on, Greg Phillips was also assured, assertive and courageous. He began his league career with Port Adelaide in 1976, and played in the club 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1981 premiership teams. A regular South Australian interstate representative (20 appearances in all), he achieved All Australian selection after the 1980 state of origin carnival in Adelaide. 

In 1983 he crossed to Collingwood and gave the Magpies solid service in 84 games over the next four seasons. Returning to Port in 1987, he had the satisfaction of winning the 1988 best and fairest award and then appearing in another four premiership teams prior to his retirement at the end of the 1993 season after 343 SANFL games. Phillips captained the Magpies for his last three seasons as a player. During the 2000 season he was selected at centre half back in Port Adelaide official 'Greatest Team 1870 to 2000'.

Greg's daughter Erin currently plays for Adelaide in the AFLW competition.

Author - John Devaney


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