Phil Krakouer juggles the ball during a 1988 VFL match between North Melbourne and the Melbourne Demons.

North Melbourne great Phil Krakouer has been inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame at the 2023 Sandover Medal awards night on Monday.

Phil joins brother Jim as a recipient of the prestigious honour after he was inducted in 2021.

The boys from Mount Barker lit up the WAFL in the late 70s and early 80s, leading Claremont to the 1981 premiership.


Their outstanding displays didn’t go unnoticed, procuring plenty of interest from VFL clubs, particularly Geelong and North Melbourne. 

Fortunately, Ron Joseph was able to convince the pair to make the switch to Arden St, offering a guaranteed contract as opposed to the Cats’ performance-based deal.

Arriving together in 1982, the Krakouers brought skill and excitement rarely seen in the VFL up to that point, starring for North through the 80s.

The pair was a nightmare for opposing defenders, and finished as the Roos’ joint leading goalkickers in 1982, alternating as the top goalkickers between 1985 and 1988.

The older of the two, Jim played 134 games for North, booting 229 majors.

According to Jim, Phil was perhaps even more skilled than his older brother, and his unique kicking style and goal-sense captivated fans around Australia.

Phil would play 141 games in the royal blue and white stripes, kicking 224 majors.

They arrived together, starred together, and departed together, both leaving North at the end of the 1989 season.

Phil drove across the Nullabor to receive the honour on Monday, his preference over flying from Melbourne to Perth.


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