Philip LEE


Guernsey Number: 9, 23, 25
Career: 1923 to 1929
NFC Games: 41
NFC Goals: 42
Debut: v Sturt (Norwood) 5th May 1923
Finale: v South Adelaide (Adelaide) 15th June 1929

Premierships: 1923
South Australian Games: 1


Born in Gladstone, Philip "Perka" Lee came to Norwood via Saint Peter's College. He was one of the most talented all-round sportsmen to play for the Norwood Football Club; a State footballer, Test cricketer and accomplished baseball player.
A long accurate kick and good mark, in 1923 he was adjudged to be the team's most improved junior and in 1924/25 won the club's award for the best half forward. The following year, he played against Victoria on the MCG and on the Adelaide Oval, for the SA Second side. Lee was also a member of the South Australian team that defeated Victoria on the Adelaide Oval, in 1925.
Two weeks later he suffered a serious knee injury in a match against North Adelaide on the Prospect Oval and missed the remainder of the season. He returned the following year after having a cartilage removed, but lasted only two games before his knee once again succumbed to the rigors of League football. He played one more game, in 1929, kicking four goals as a half forward flanker against South Adelaide on the Adelaide Oval.
Lee captained the East Torrens Cricket Club, and played two Tests for Australia, against South Africa in 1931-32 and against England in the 1932-33 Body-line series.

R Cialini Dec 2013

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