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Key Facts

Full name
Phillip Gilbert

Known as
Phil Gilbert

15 November 1969 (age 54)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 23y 132d
Last game: 26y 262d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne; Fremantle

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 24
Fremantle: 6

Recruited from
Melbourne (1995)

Phil Gilbert

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 10,381st player to appear, 4,899th most games played, 5,469th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,143rd player to appear, 522nd most games played, 548th most goals kickedFremantle: 10th player to appear, 177th most games played, 186th most goals kicked

Phil Gilbert was a handy defender who enjoyed a varied career. The majority of that career was spent with Claremont, for whom he played 61 games and registered 26 goals in 1988, 1991-2 and 1995-6. He was a member of the Tigers’ 1991 and 1996 premiership-winning teams. In 1993 he embarked on an AFL career with Melbourne, but after a solid first season his form fell away and, having played just 25 games and six goals in two years he was traded to Fremantle. Once again, however, he failed to find his best form, and after two seasons which yielded 14 appearances and two goals he was de-listed.

The final phase of Gilbert’s career was spent as inaugural captain of Westar Rules newcomers Peel Thunder in 1997-8, but injuries restricted him to just 11 games and three goals. He later returned to the club as assistant coach to Garry Hocking.

Author - John Devaney


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