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Phil Read
Read
DOB
20/10/1979
Height
178 cm
Weight
83 kg
Junior club
East Fremantle/Wesley College
Arrived
Drafted at pick 60 in the 1997 national draft
Number
36 (1997 – 2002)
24 (2003)
Debut
Round 1 1998 vs North Melbourne
(111th Eagles player)
Games
74
Goals
24
Honours
B&F Top 10
1 (1998)
Best Finish
9th (1998)
Last app.
Departed
Delisted at the end of the 2003 season
Other clubs
East Fremantle (WAFL) 1997-2003
Melbourne (AFL) 2004-2006
Geelong (VFL) 2007
Subiaco (WAFL) 2008-2010

The feisty Read was capable of playing in defence or the midfield. He was a fixture in the side in his first few seasons before consecutive knee reconstructions stalled his career.

West Coast careerEdit

Read burst onto the scene in 1998, playing 21 games in his rookie year including the qualifying final against the Bulldogs and taking home the club’s Rookie of the Year award.

Read was a regular in the senior side in his first three seasons, playing 63 of a possible 69 games. His 63rd game was undoubtedly his most spectacular, the diminutive Read engaging in several toe-to-toe stoushes with Dale Kickett during the infamous Demolition Derby.

That was Read’s last AFL match for a while – not because of suspension (though he did cop two matches following the derby) but rather back to back knee injuries. Read sat out 2001 due to a reconstruction following a pre-season ACL, then blew out the other knee the following pre-season and missed another year.

On his return, Read was given the number 24 that had been vacant since the retirement of another enforcer, John Worsfold. Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, Read failed to match his pre-injury form. Although he managed 11 games for the year, including the final six rounds and the elimination final against the Crows, he was delisted at the end of the season.

Melbourne careerEdit

Thrown a lifeline by Melbourne in the pre-season draft, Read played 34 games in three seasons for the Dees.

Post-AFL careerEdit

After being delisted at the end of 2006, Read had a stint with Geelong in the VFL before returning west to play for Subiaco in the WAFL, where he participated in their 2008 flag.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G
1998 21 12 6 188 55 79 267 37 33 EF 1 1
1999 23 6 11 238 70 116 354 29 49 0
2000 19 5 6 169 43 89 258 30 27 1 0
2001 0 0
2002 0 0
2003 11 1 2 108 30 29 137 23 19 7 5
Tot 74 24 25 703 198 313 1016 119 128
Avg 0.3 9.5 2.7 4.2 13.7 1.6 1.7

LinksEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/P/Phillip_Read.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillip_Read

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/302

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