Simon Phillips was drafted from the Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup) by the Sydney Swans and made his AFL debut in 2006. Later that year he played in a premiership for the Sydney Reserves in the AFL Canberra league. He was delisted by the Swans at the end of 2007, after playing five games in two seasons.
He transferred to Norwood in 2008 as a midfielder/small forward and was joined by Sydney Swans teammates Matt Davis, Stephen Doyle and Sam Rowe.
Phillips made his SANFL debut in round 1, 2008, making 16 appearances for the year. He played another 19 games for the Redlegs in 2009.
Phillips played his 50th game in 2010. (24 games/39 goals). Unfortunately, Norwood were narrowly defeated by Central District in the Grand Final during which Phillips suffered a serious facial injury in the second half of the match.
Drafted by Port Power, Phillips played nine AFL games from 2011-2012. Able to still play for Norwood when not required by Port Power, he played 20 games for the Redlegs in 2012, including Norwood's Grand Final win over West Adelaide. He was high on the list of best players in the premiership decider.
In 2013 he played another 16 league games and was an important member of the team that went back-to-back premiers, defeating North Adelaide in the Grand Final. In round 14 of that year, Phillips kicked eight goals against Glenelg on the Norwood Oval.
The following season Norwood made it three flags in a row, defeating Port Adelaide by four points in a memorable Grand Final. Phillips kicked three important goals in a low-scoring thriller. During the season he played 16 games and reached the 100 game milestone.
Phillips played another 14 games in 2015, but missed most of 2016/2017 with persistent shoulder injuries.
Sadly, his last game for the club was the 2018 Grand Final loss to North Adelaide
During his time at The Parade "Flipper" was a favourite with the Norwood fans. A crumbing small forward with exceptional speed, he was a dangerous goal-kicker with the defensive capabilities to keep the ball inside the forward 50.
R Cialini Dec 2020