An outstanding junior player from Norwood High School, John Hillman started at half forward but developed into a strong half back flanker with a good mark and a long clearing kick.
Hillman was named at full back in the 1966 Reserves Grand Final win over Port Adelaide on the Adelaide Oval. He then missed the entire 1967 season due to illness.
In 1969 he was part of another Norwood Reserves flag, once again against Port, but this time he played at half-back.
John Hillman retired in 1972, but not before adding a third Reserves Premiership in 1970 and playing over 100 Reserve games for the club, on top of his 66 League games.
R Cialini Aug 2014