1971 SANFL Mobil Cards – Part 2: Glenelg

 

 

Part 2 of this virtual collection of 1971 Mobil SANFL Footy Cards features the then glamour club Glenelg.

 

The Tigers of 1971 had a rock star aura under coach Neil Kerley. They were expected to kick on after successive Grand Final losses to the Double Blues. There were plenty of attractive Bay players available for this selection, but only four could be chosen. Here they are.

 

 

(4)           Wayne Phillis  Glenelg  (21, 6ft 2ins, 13st 0lbs)

 

 

Playing his first two senior games in 1967, a year after his younger brother “Fred” started at the Bay, Wayne “Butch” Phillis never met a collision that he didn’t like (and he may have caused many of them).

 

Starting out as a key defender, Glenelg used him in the ruck in his early seasons. By 1970, his vigorous style of play led to State selection (the first of five), where he was strongly suited. However, his approach was not always appreciated by many opposition clubs and supporters.

 

By the time this photo was taken, Phillis had already played in a pair of losing Grand Finals. One of the few shots in this series that show the subject in the act of kicking the footy, he looks to have a more reliable action that his goalkicking sibling.

 

After returning to a centre half back role when the Tigers’ ruck stocks improved, Phillis was a prominent contributor in Glenelg’s famous 1973 Premiership over North, but like many of his teammates, added more Grand Final losses in 1974/75/77.

 

 

He had Ross Dillon under heavy wraps in the ’75 decider but once Phillis was moved into the ruck in the final quarter, Dillon and Norwood eventually prevailed.

 

After a brief flirtation with retirement in 1978 (for reasons close to home), Phillis surprised many by joining the Redlegs, where he was an instant success and became a two-club flag winner.

 

A member of the Glenelg Hall of Fame, Wayne Phillis joined an exceptionally long line of Bay personalities to be involved in the motor trade.

 

Playing Career

Glenelg 1967-77, 218 games/90 goals (1 premiership)

Norwood 1978-79, 38 games/27 goals (1 premiership)

South Australia, 5 games

 

 

 

(14)           Rex Voigt Glenelg  (22, 5ft 9ins, 11st 10lbs)

 

 

The Riverland was a fruitful source of talent in the mid-60s and Loxton’s Rex “Noddy” Voigt was a juicy pick up for Glenelg (along with Kerry “Bomber” Hamilton). Commencing in 1967 as a lightly framed wingman, he had his name stamped on a regular roving berth after a couple of seasons, winning the 1970 Glenelg B&F amongst a team of stars.

 

Voigt was another victim of the Mobil photographer’s stilted setups with this awkward handball pose.

 

His career highlight (like many of his contemporaries) came in 1973’s premiership, with a 7-goal (plus one disallowed) high-in-the-BPs performance partnering Greg Bennett on the ball. His season tally of 63 goals was his best ever.

 

 

Usurped by Kym Hodgeman in 1974 and missing the losing Grand Final, like many ageing rovers Voigt found himself consigned to the back pocket. To his credit, he made this new spot his own, running in very straight lines on most occasions. Adding two more losses in 75 and 77, Voigt was high in the BPs in each of his five Grand Final appearances.

 

He was a walk up start in Glenelg’s Hall of Fame.

 

Playing Career

Glenelg 1967-79, 257 games/258 goals (1 premiership)

South Australia, 1 game

 

 

(24)           John Sandland (22, 6ft 1in, 14st 0lbs)

 

 

Sandland came to Brighton Road after three seasons at Adelaide Uni Blacks (1967-69, premierships in 68/69), bringing a reputation for spectacular grabs in the key forward spots. He impressed in his first season in black and gold, which yielded 23 games and 36 goals.

 

Another victim of curious posing, his Mobil card highlighted his film star looks rather than his overhead prowess.

 

Supporting Fred Phillis who was Glenelg’s main scoring avenue, Sandland followed up with 26 goals in 1971 and 58 in 1972. Best known for his after the siren goal in the 1973 Grand Final (with the result already decided), Sandland’s four goals after coming off the bench in the second quarter, were vital on that very hot Adelaide Oval day, capping off his memorable 49 goal season tally.

 

 

Despite winning the 1974 Glenelg goalkicking with 55 goals, Sandland could not break back into the senior side at season’s end, playing in the winning curtain-raiser on Grand Final day.

 

A move to Prospect allowed him to play full forward, but mid-year injuries in both seasons there (1975/76) meant that the Roosters were not able to see enough of his best. He retired during 1977 after being unable to regain a league berth.

 

Glenelg and North Adelaide have played for the John Sandland Cup since his passing in 2012.

 

Playing Career

Glenelg 1970-74 105 games, 224 goals (1 premiership)

North Adelaide 1975-76 22 games, 62 goals

 

 

(34)           Dennis ‘Fred’ Phillis (22, 6ft 1½ ins, 14st 4lbs)

 

 

Fred Phillis commenced his career in 1966 under Len Fitzgerald, notching up twenty games for the bottom placed Tigers. He remained in defence when the Neil Kerley era commenced the following year, although he was given a few runs at half forward.

 

After settling in at CHF in 1968 (for a club-leading 30 goals), the King’s 1969 masterstroke move of Phillis to full-forward saw “Fred” gain his first State selection, become SA’s first century goalkicker since Colin Churchett (with 137), also breaking Ken Farmer’s season record and was the first ever full forward Magarey Medallist. Glenelg lost the Grand Final to Sturt. Another century resulted in 1970 as well as a repeat of the Grand Final result.

 

The Mobil card pose gives some insight into the slightly awkward left-footer’s approach to goal.

 

Did Phillis kick the ton in 1971? Some say yes but Bernard Whimpress says otherwise. Phillis briefly trained with the VFL Tigers the following year but Glenelg refused to grant a clearance.

It is unarguable that Fred Phillis was the premier goalsneak of his time. His place in the Glenelg pantheon was sealed when he was a member of the 1973 premiership (as were the other three Mobil-carders of 1971), ironically going goalless. That year also saw his streak of Glenelg top goalkicker awards interrupted by Super Carey’s 70 goal season.

 

Fred Phillis was one of the first SANFL players to embrace coloured boots.

His forgettable 1975 Grand Final came at the end of another century season, during which he kicked a club record 18 goals in Glenelg’s 49 goal record haul against Centrals. Phillis buttered up again with 104 in 1976 (including NFL matches).

 

New coach John Nicholls returned Phillis to his roots at full back in 1977, where he reverted to Fiery Fred, giving out the occasional ear massage after a decade of being on the receiving end.

 

After achilles problems led Phillis to hang up the boots at the end of 1978, he made a surprise return in 1981 for a handful of games in front of the sticks, before retiring for good after playing in the Reserves premiership (thus avoiding playing in another senior GF loss).

 

Fred Phillis, SA’s top goal kicker five times and Glenelg’s top goalkicker seven times, was one of the first picked for Glenelg’s Hall of Fame. He was also included in the inaugural batch of inductees to the SA Football Hall of Fame.

 

Playing Career

Glenelg 1966-78, 81, 275 games/869 goals (1 premiership)

South Australia, 10 games

 

 

Thanks to aussierulescollectables.com.au for the assistance; It’s the go to site for all of your Footy Collectable questions.

 

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About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right

Comments

  1. John Butler says

    Professor Schwerdt, you provide abundant education for the great unwashed Victorian masses.

    Cheers

  2. Great work Swish

  3. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Some may say Phillistines, JB

    Thanks Bernie.

  4. Swish- does it still hurt to type, “Glenelg’s 49 goal record haul against Centrals?” Seriously, another gem. Of course, David Williamson could (some might argue has) write a play about Glenelg from the late sixties to late eighties. Who would play Fred?

  5. I agree with JB.

    John Sandland is posing as if he is playing at dummy-half for an NRL team.

  6. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    I’ve got some titles for your consideration Mickey:

    Runners Up There Cazaly
    The Second Coming of Fred
    Sunday Night Fever

    He was no dummy Smokie. Seriously, why did they send that photographer from Sydney – further sacrilege coming up in future editions.

  7. It was all so different back then, wasn’t it? Expertly evoked.

  8. Rulebook says

    Superb Swish met and spent a little bit of time with John Sandland thru his involvement with Ad Uni FC his business was on the parade also bloody good bloke,RIP

  9. Stewart Watling says

    I grew up with that 1972 Mobil football album..collected the pics…still have it…first page Barry Robran in that classic pose…..esp love that photo of DK PHILLIS

  10. Gill Golding says

    Mark absolutely awesome article. All champions of that dynasty. I’m not a Glenelg supporter ( West Torrens ) but was in awe of their star players.

  11. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks John, you are a very hard act to follow.

    Onya ‘Book – thanks for spreading the word

    Stay tuned Stewart.

    Ta Gill – I’ll get to the Eags eventually

  12. Luke Reynolds says

    Strongly built lads this lot.

    Rex Voigt’s signature is almost as immaculate as his sideburns.

  13. Daryl Schramm says

    Good one Swish. DKP’s drop of the ball to his left foot with his left hand closer to the front seam of the pill than his right hand seemed to work for him most of the time. It was a unique style for sure. Loved Rexy Voigt. There is a future article for you. Rovers to back pockets.

  14. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Rex Voigt’s elbows had sideburns Luke.

    Schrammy – you know that bit on the Coodabeens where Covey makes a suggestion to Sam the Sub?

  15. Daryl Schramm says

    Gotta get over hot coals to check out Coodabeens nowadays. Refresh my memory please.

  16. Mark ‘Swish’ Schwerdt says

    You’d be familiar with the circular file DS

  17. Tony Symonds says

    Great memories of these guys. Still see a lot of Wayne Phillis and Voigty. Freddy was my hero as a kid and I remember him bringing the 1969 Margarey Medal to Christ the King , my school at the time. Ironically when he made his comeback in 1981 we ended up playing in a Reserves premiership together. Great memories.

  18. LAURIE LAFFAN says

    I sat in the shallow end of the pool at the Oasis Motel ,Alice Springs, drinking a few beers with Butch and Wayne the Phillis Bros ,back in the mid 70’s. They were headlining a sportsman’s dinner.My mate Phil Tucker played with them at Glenelg in the early 60’s and I had met them a couple of times.Great characters.

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