Former state cricketer Phil Rebbeck has played with, against and met, the best

Phil Rebbeck with his faithful Gray Nicholls and South Australian cricket cap.
Phil Rebbeck with his faithful Gray Nicholls and South Australian cricket cap.

Phil Rebbeck's eyes light up when he talks sport! He loves all forms of sport and the former SA state cricketer co-hosts, along with Bob Bache, a Friday afternoon sports show on 90.1 Happy FM as well as appearing regularly talking sport on other programs at the community radio station.

Phil, born in Adelaide to parents Doug and Claire Rebbeck (who were both high sporting achievers themselves), was the older brother to Adrian (a two time premiership player with North Adelaide) and Dennis (an SANFL league umpire and Sheffield Shield umpire) so the entire family have spent much of their lives playing and participating in various forms of sport. Claire was a netballer and Doug became the Number One umpire for the Upper Murray region. Not long after Phil's birth, his parents shifted to Loxton where they spent the next eleven years with both of Phil's siblings born in this region. Throughout the boy's lives, sport was an integral part of their world and with positive encouragement from their parents, the three boys achieved much in their individual sporting fields.

The family moved to Naracoorte after Doug took up a position as head of the Struan Farm near Naracoorte. This was a home for young teenage boys (under the control of the State Government) who were taught farming techniques and here they participated in sporting activities along with the Rebbeck brothers; all encouraged by Phil's father.

Phil attended both Naracoorte primary and high schools and when he was 14, the family returned to Adelaide where he atttended Adelaide Boy's High School and, at 15 he was selected in the ABHS A grade cricket team playing in the SACA B grade District competition at the time, later being appointed captin of that same team. He was also selected in the 'Team of the Year' in 1964/65 and was flown to Port Lincoln to play against an association team.

In Phil's late teens he played A Grade cricket for the Adelaide Cricket club whilst working in the Property Division of the E&WS Department for the SA Government as a valuer. After leaving the SA Government, he worked at Australia Post in the property division eventually moving to Brock Real Estate as a commercial agent. Phil always maintained his love and passion for cricket right throughout his working life.

In 1971 Phil was selected in the State Sheffield Shield team and in his first game at the Adelaide Oval against Victoria, he made 55 runs. A highlight of his cricketing career was when playing for South Australia and the Adelaide Cricket Club, he played against, or with players like Ian and Greg Chappell, Mike Hendricks, Terry Jenner, Ashley Mallett and Ken Cunningham to name just a few.

Phil continued to play district cricket until the mid 70's then joined Payneham Cricket Club as captain coach playing A grade with one premiership. He also captained a Turf Association team against Victoria in Geelong before completing his last five years at C grade level when he played in five grand finals winning three of them. He served as chairman and president for ten years and was made a life member of the Payneham Cricket club and later, after moving to Victor Harbor, worked on the Encounter Bay Cricket Club committee for two years.

When asked what the highlight of his cricketing career was, Phil says playing against the World Eleven cricket team which included players like Clive Lloyd, Tony Greig and Sunil Gavaskar.

" Also meeting the late Sir Donald Bradman at a dinner at the end of a carnival in which I played as a young fellow, was something I will never forget!" he said.

In his 'away from sport' life, Phil married Chris in 1986 and between them they have three girls and two boys and now seven much loved and adored grand children. In 2005 they moved from Norwood to Victor Harbor and Phil has now been retired from paid work for five years. In 2011 Phil was stricken with some health issues which, as a positive sporting champion, he has worked hard to overcome and he looks forward to a future with good health. Phil has been co-hosting the Friday afternoon sports show on 90.1 Happy FM with Bob Bache for five years and prior to that he co hosted with Mike Hendricks another sporting champion who is heard regularly on Happy FM.