Inspired by Cyril: Bobby Hill’s winding road to Norm Smith glory
It’s a story of perseverance and resilience.
And it reached its euphoric crescendo on Saturday Afternoon with a fairy tale Norm Smith medal to accompany his Premiership.
“It’s a dream come true. To be honest, I don’t even remember the final moments. It hasn’t sunk in.”
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Hill spoke to 6PR in the rooms following the Pies’ four-point Premiership Triumph.
“I was actually watching Cyrol Rioli’s Grand Final Highlights, so I can give credit to him!”
Hill was electric in the first half, giving Collingwood a spark up forward kicking four goals.
Growing up in Northam, his family relocated to Perth, only a stone’s throw away from Lathlain Park, to help him realise his AFL dream.
Hill would relocate to the other side of the country a few years later having been drafted by Greater Western Sydney at pick #24 in the 2018 National Draft.
He could never properly cement himself in the Giant’s first 22 during his four years there, amassing 41 games.
But his biggest challenge came during 2022 with a sudden testicular cancer diagnosis.
Fortunately, doctors caught it early and Hill made a full recovery.
His journey took him to Victoria when traded to Collingwood for the 2023 season where he found his feet, playing 23 games and kicking 29 goals before playing in his first AFL Grand Final.
And didn’t he grab his opportunity with both hands. Hands which now hold Premiership and Norm Smith Medals.