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Phillips, Horace Ronald

Preferred Name: Ron
Born: 3 June 1921
Deceased: 11 January 2007
Competition Total Games Total Goals
League 139 204
State 10 7
Total 149 211

Ron Phillips, who played 198 games for North between 1940 and 1953, reached the pinnacle of his career in 1948 and 1949 when he won successive Magarey Medals.  This feat was made all the more remarkable by the fact that Ron won his first medal at Centre Half Back and his second medal at Centre Half Forward.

Recruited from the then country town of Modbury, Ron commenced in North’s colts team in 1938 before beginning his league career in 1940.  In 1941 Ron played every game for North, winning the League Trophy as the best ruckman.  His promising career was then interrupted for four seasons whilst Ron served as a radio and signals operator in the Army.

Returning to Adelaide after the war, Ron resumed his career with North in 1946 but broke his collarbone and decided to retire from the SANFL.  He spent 1947 playing for Modbury before North secretary Jack Forrester convinced him to resume his league career.  Stardom beckoned.  Placed at Centre Half Back by coach Haydn Bunton Senior, Ron was selected to make his state debut against Victoria in Melbourne.  1948 saw Ron further enhance his reputation.  Not only did he win North Adelaide’s Best and Fairest award but he also won the 1948 Magarey Medal.  North finished fifth that year, but 1949 was even better for both Ron and the club.

Under new coach Ken Farmer, Ron moved to Centre Half Forward.  He dominated to such an extent that he once again won North’s Best and Fairest as well as the 1949 Magarey Medal.  Even better was to come when North defeated West Torrens to win the 1949 premiership.

Ron continued with North until the end of 1953.  As vice captain, he played a major role in the 1952 premiership team.  Playing as a follower and forward pocket, he kicked 66 goals for the season and he won the club’s most effective player trophy for the third year in succession.

It takes a remarkable footballer to win successive Magarey Medals and an even more remarkable player to win them in the key defensive and then key attacking positions.  What makes Ron’s efforts all the more remarkable is that he achieved all of his success as a high marking key position player, yet he was only 5 foot 9 inches (175 cm) tall.

Ron Phillips passed away in January 2007 at 85 years of age  Ron’s memory lives on in the rich history of our great Club in which he played such a significant role.

Ron is regarded as one of North Adelaide’s greatest champions and it was no surprise that he was named at Centre Half Back in the Club’s Team of the Century.  The Club recognises the wonderful contribution he made to our glorious history and salutes one of its finest.

Games (Select a game to view)

Date Opponent Result Goals
29/06/1940 South Adelaide Lost 0
06/07/1940 West Torrens Won 0
20/07/1940 West Adelaide Lost 0
27/07/1940 South Adelaide Won 0
26/04/1941 Glenelg Lost 0
03/05/1941 West Adelaide Lost 0
10/05/1941 West Torrens Lost 0
17/05/1941 South Adelaide Won 1
24/05/1941 Sturt Lost 0
31/05/1941 Port Adelaide Won 0
07/06/1941 Norwood Lost 0
14/06/1941 Glenelg Lost 0
21/06/1941 West Adelaide Won 0
28/06/1941 West Torrens Won 2
05/07/1941 South Adelaide Lost 0
19/07/1941 Sturt Lost 1
26/07/1941 Port Adelaide Lost 0
02/08/1941 Norwood Lost 0
16/08/1941 Glenelg Lost 0
23/08/1941 South Adelaide Won 0
06/09/1941 Norwood Lost 0
04/05/1946 Port Adelaide Lost 0
18/05/1946 Glenelg Won 0
25/05/1946 South Adelaide Won 0
01/06/1946 West Adelaide Lost 0
08/06/1946 Sturt Lost 0
17/06/1946 Port Adelaide Won 0
22/06/1946 Norwood Lost 0
06/07/1946 South Adelaide Lost 0
13/07/1946 Glenelg Won 0
20/07/1946 West Torrens Lost 0
10/08/1946 Sturt Lost 0
24/08/1946 Port Adelaide Lost 0
24/04/1948 West Torrens Lost 0
01/05/1948 Glenelg Lost 0
08/05/1948 West Adelaide Lost 0
15/05/1948 Norwood Lost 0
22/05/1948 Sturt Lost 0
29/05/1948 Port Adelaide Won 0
12/06/1948 South Adelaide Won 0
19/06/1948 West Torrens Lost 0
27/06/1948 Victorian Football League Lost 0
03/07/1948 Norwood Lost 0
10/07/1948 Glenelg Lost 0
17/07/1948 South Adelaide Won 0
24/07/1948 West Adelaide Won 0
31/07/1948 Sturt Won 0
14/08/1948 Norwood Lost 0
21/08/1948 Port Adelaide Won 0
28/08/1948 South Adelaide Won 0
04/09/1948 Sturt Won 0
23/04/1949 Port Adelaide Won 0
30/04/1949 Glenelg Won 0
07/05/1949 South Adelaide Won 0
14/05/1949 Norwood Lost 0
21/05/1949 West Torrens Lost 0
28/05/1949 West Adelaide Won 2
04/06/1949 Sturt Won 4
11/06/1949 Port Adelaide Won 5
18/06/1949 Glenelg Lost 1
25/06/1949 South Adelaide Won 8
02/07/1949 Western Australia Won 2
09/07/1949 Norwood Won 2
16/07/1949 West Torrens Lost 1
23/07/1949 Victorian Football League Lost 2
30/07/1949 West Adelaide Won 5
06/08/1949 Sturt Won 2
13/08/1949 Western Australia Lost 0
16/08/1949 Western Australia Lost 0
20/08/1949 Port Adelaide Won 1
27/08/1949 Norwood Won 0
03/09/1949 West Adelaide Lost 1
17/09/1949 Norwood Won 2
01/10/1949 West Torrens Won 1
22/04/1950 West Torrens Lost 2
29/04/1950 Norwood Lost 0
06/05/1950 West Adelaide Lost 2
13/05/1950 Glenelg Won 4
20/05/1950 Port Adelaide Lost 0
27/05/1950 South Adelaide Won 3
03/06/1950 Sturt Won 4
12/06/1950 Norwood Lost 2
17/06/1950 West Torrens Won 1
01/07/1950 West Adelaide Won 1
08/07/1950 Glenelg Lost 0
15/07/1950 Port Adelaide Lost 1
05/08/1950 South Adelaide Won 3
12/08/1950 Sturt Won 2
19/08/1950 Norwood Won 1
26/08/1950 Glenelg Lost 0
02/09/1950 South Adelaide Won 0
21/04/1951 South Adelaide Won 3
28/04/1951 Sturt Won 6
05/05/1951 Norwood Won 4
09/05/1951 Victorian Football Association Won 2
12/05/1951 West Adelaide Won 1
19/05/1951 Glenelg Won 6
26/05/1951 Victorian Football League Lost 0
02/06/1951 Port Adelaide Lost 4
09/06/1951 Sturt Won 4
16/06/1951 West Torrens Won 2
23/06/1951 West Adelaide Won 2
30/06/1951 Port Adelaide Lost 2
07/07/1951 Victorian Football League Won 1
28/07/1951 Norwood Lost 1
04/08/1951 Glenelg Lost 2
11/08/1951 West Torrens Won 0
18/08/1951 Sturt Won 3
25/08/1951 Norwood Won 4
01/09/1951 West Adelaide Won 4
15/09/1951 Port Adelaide Lost 3
22/09/1951 Glenelg Won 1
29/09/1951 Port Adelaide Lost 1
26/04/1952 West Torrens Lost 0
10/05/1952 Glenelg Won 4
17/05/1952 West Adelaide Won 3
24/05/1952 Norwood Won 5
31/05/1952 South Adelaide Won 3
09/06/1952 West Torrens Lost 6
14/06/1952 Sturt Won 1
28/06/1952 Port Adelaide Won 3
05/07/1952 Glenelg Won 8
12/07/1952 West Adelaide Won 2
26/07/1952 Norwood Won 6
02/08/1952 South Adelaide Won 7
09/08/1952 Sturt Won 2
16/08/1952 Western Australia Lost 0
19/08/1952 Western Australia Lost 0
23/08/1952 West Torrens Won 2
30/08/1952 West Adelaide Won 4
06/09/1952 South Adelaide Won 4
20/09/1952 Port Adelaide Won 2
04/10/1952 Norwood Won 4
25/04/1953 Port Adelaide Lost 4
02/05/1953 Norwood Lost 1
09/05/1953 West Torrens Lost 4
16/05/1953 Glenelg Lost 0
23/05/1953 West Adelaide Lost 2
30/05/1953 South Adelaide Won 2
06/06/1953 Sturt Won 1
13/06/1953 Norwood Won 2
20/06/1953 Port Adelaide Lost 1
25/07/1953 Glenelg Won 0
01/08/1953 West Adelaide Won 0
08/08/1953 South Adelaide Lost 0
15/08/1953 Sturt Won 0
22/08/1953 Port Adelaide Lost 1
29/08/1953 South Adelaide Won 0
05/09/1953 Glenelg Lost 2

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