Roddy Philp was an integral part of Western’s progress from also-rans to serial winners in the 1990’s. An early beneficiary of the club’s youth coaching scheme, he showed drive and determination to improve his skills and fitness levels to force his way into the international arena where he amassed 27 outdoor caps and 11 indoor. Initially a forward, his versatility allowed him to be comfortable in a variety of positions, and well capable of carrying out a specific role if required. But it was his will-to-win and the effect this had on those around him which marked him out as an exceptional leader. During his stint as captain between 1994 and 1998 he set new standards in his quest for success, and the club was amply rewarded. Hugely enthusiastic about indoor hockey, he worked hard to get Western up the rankings but a national trophy proved elusive.
The archetypal club man (like his father), Roddy must rank as one of the club’s greatest ambassadors, establishing links with clubs and individuals in all quarters. Despite a job move to the south of England he maintains a keen interest in the club’s progress.