From Eyre Peninsula to Football Hall of Fame

HONOURS: Greg Phillips with the medals earned during his football career. Photo: supplied

HONOURS: Greg Phillips with the medals earned during his football career. Photo: supplied

Former Eyre Peninsula footballer and Port Adelaide legend Greg Phillips has earned his place among the history's greatest footballers by becoming on of the latest inductees in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Phillips was named alongside former West Coast ruckman Dean Cox as one of the newest inductees on Wednesday evening.

His distinguished career included 343 games for Port Adelaide between 1976-82 and between 1987-93 as well as 84 games for Collingwood between 1983-86.

He played in eight Port Adelaide premierships between 1977 and 1992, was captain between 1991-93, was Port Adelaide best and fairest in 1988, All Australian in 1980 and represented South Australia 20 times, winning the Fos Williams Medal against Western Australia in 1982.

For Phillips it all started on the Eyre Peninsula, growing up in Minnipa where he played junior colts in 1971 and 72 before moving to Port Lincoln where he played for Lincoln South between 1973 and 1975.

At 16-years-old he won Souths' A grade best and fairest in 1975.

Phillips said he watched his father Noel Phillips play football for Minnipa and every kid wanted to be like their father.

He said all he wanted to do as a kid was play football and when he made the move to Adelaide in 1976 his main goal was to play senior footy for Port Adelaide.

"I hoped to just make the A grade, there was no long term plans, just to see the Russell Eberts play and one day get a (A grade) game with Port," he said.

"It was slow progress which I enjoyed and it was exciting as a 16-year-old coming over and trying to make it."

This is not the first hall of fame induction for Phillips, he was an inaugural inductee into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2002 and was named at centre half back in the Port Adelaide Greatest Team.

Lincoln South committee member and former president Scott Jarvis said the club was extremely excited and proud to see Phillips inducted in the Hall of Fame.

He said Phillips still visited the club for club presentations and still caught up with teammates.

"We are absolutely thrilled and excited, he has made the club very proud," he said.

SANFL chief executive officer Jake Parkinson said Phillips was widely regarded as one of the best centre half-backs in the game throughout his career.

''Strong in stature, he was almost impenetrable for opposition teams such was the manner in which he defended with distinction," he said.

''SANFL congratulates Greg on his richly-deserved honour of being inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.''

Port Adelaide chairperson David Koch congratulated Phillips for his incredible career that was destined to be recognised in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

"The club has rightly been pushing for Greg to be elevated into this esteemed group for several years and we are grateful that the Hall of Fame committee has seen fit to induct him this year, in our 150th anniversary," he said.

Football success has continued with his daughter Erin Phillips, who has won two AFLW league best and fairests and played in two AFLW premierships with Adelaide in 2017 and 2019.