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Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 12:44 PM


The Perth Football Club was saddened to hear of the recent death of former ruckman, Michael McPhee.

Michael joined the Club in 1971. He had been an outstanding schoolboy footballer and rower at Aquinas College. Michael played 117 league games for the Club before leaving after 1977 for a short period at South Fremantle, after which he concentrated on his growing legal practice.

Such was his standing within his profession that he ascended to the presidency of the Law Society in 1994.

Many club members were the beneficiaries of Michael’s expert legal advice over many years.

After hanging up his boots Michael did find time to coach the University A Grade side in the Amateur competition, following in the footsteps of legendary Perth coach Ern Henfry, who guided the students to an undefeated premiership in 1961.

As noted, Michael’s sporting prowess was not confined to football. Before deciding to pursue his football career at Lathlain Park, he was a champion oarsman. In fact, he represented WA in the annual Kings Cup race, Australia’s premier rowing event for “eights” with crews competing from all States.

The club extends its sincere sympathy to Michael’s family, close friends and teammates on their sad loss.