Full Name: PHIL WALSH
Date of Birth: 15/03/1960
Height: 180 cm ( 5-11 )
Weight: 80 kg ( 12-8 )
Debut: 31/03/1984, Round 1, Footscray
Last Game: 02/08/1986, Round 18, Fitzroy
Total Games: 40
Total Goals: 14
Total Games: 8
Total Goals: 4
Phillip was a wingman. A country boy, he spent 1982 with Hamilton and this is where he first came to the notice of Collingwood’s recruiting people. Phillip joined Collingwood in 1983 and went on to win the VFL Recruit of the Year, after averaging 20 possessions per game. He also finished third in Collingwood’s Best and Fairest award in 1983. A well balanced player, he was a fine mark and a long kick with both feet. He then transferred to Richmond where he played between 1984 and 1986. His move to Richmond was fraught with controversy as he had to go through the courts to gain a clearance from Collingwood. He was eventually cleared to Richmond along with John Annear and Craig Stewart. Unfortunately for Richmond, he was unable to regain his 1983 form, and eventually transferred to the Brisbane Bears in 1987.
He regained his old form in the warmer climate and went on to become the first winner of the Brisbane Bears Best and Fairest award, in 1987. He was also selected to represent Australia in the 1987 Gaelic Series against Ireland. Injuries eventually took their toll on Phillip during the 1991 season and he was left off the Bears’ list at the end of that season. For the past two seasons he has been Geelong’s fitness adviser and senior runner.
Moonambel 1979 ( Honours - Premiership 1979 ) ; Redan 1980-81 ; Hamilton 1982, Games 18 ; Collingwood Seniors 1983, Games 22, Goals 9.
Brisbane Bears Seniors 1987-90, Games 60, Goals 18 ( Honours - Best & Fairest 1987 ) ; Brisbane Bears Reserves 1989-91, Games 9, Goals 2 ; Modeware One Season.