15 March 1989 (age 33)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 17d
Last game: 31y 182d
Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Ross Gibbs (Father)
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
|SANFL||2005-2006, 2019, 2021||57||34||0.60||—||—||—||—||—|
AFL: 11,554th player to appear, 181st most games played, 631st most goals kickedCarlton: 1,100th player to appear, 22nd most games played, 62nd most goals kickedAdelaide: 218th player to appear, 126th most games played, 130th most goals kicked
He is the son of former SANFL and WAFL player Ross Gibbs. Gibbs was an exceptional youth talent, which led to much speculation about his ultimate AFL drafting. In 2004 he won Glenelg's Under 17s Best and Fairest award, despite spending part of the season playing SANFL reserve grade. That year he also captained the South Australian under 16s team at the national championships.
In Round 7 of the 2005 season, at age 16, he debuted in Glenelg's League team and was a regular until the end of the 2006 season. Playing as a teenager against grown men in the SANFL, Gibbs excelled, coming third in the Club's 2006 best and fairest, and dominating recent ex-AFL players during the season.
He featured prominently in the 2006 under-18 national championships where he was captain of South Australia. He was selected as the All-Australian ruck rover and was adjudged South Australia's Most Valuable Player. He also co-captained the Australian youth side against an Irish youth side in an international tournament in Australia in 2006.
Gibbs attended Brighton Secondary School, where he sat his SACE in 2006.
Speculation that Gibbs would be the No. 1 draft pick began early in the 2006 season. Although his father's career with Glenelg spanned 253 games, Gibbs was ineligible to be taken by the Adelaide Crows under the Father-Son Rule, much to the Crows' chagrin, because his father had not yet played 200 of those games before the Adelaide Crows entered the Australian Football League in 1991. When Essendon and Carlton met in Round 16 of 2006, the sides were firmly entrenched at the bottom of the ladder, with Carlton having lost its last seven games and Essendon a club-record fourteen. Speculation that the result would decide the wooden spoon (and hence the first draft pick) led to the game jokingly being dubbed the "Bryce Gibbs Cup" by some in the media. Humorously, the match was a draw.
Carlton ultimately finished last, and subsequently selected Gibbs with the first overall pick in the 2006 AFL Draft (held on 25 November 2006). He was given the No. 4 guernsey, formerly worn by club champion and administrator (and later, president), Stephen Kernahan, who was also close friend and former Glenelg teammate of Gibbs' father.
Gibbs was named in Carlton's leadership group for the 2007 AFL season without having played a single AFL match, which is the first time in history this has happened. He made his debut in round one against Richmond and kicked a goal with his first kick while becoming the 1100th player to play for Carlton. 17 disposals at 100 percent efficiency and a great shut-down role on Brownlow Medallist Jason Akermanis in Round 10 earned Gibbs his nomination for the NAB Rising Star award. Gibbs played every game of the 2007 season and kicked five goals. Most of his development and experience has been in the backline where he has played as a half back flanker.
In 2008, new coach Brett Ratten reduced the size of the leadership group, and Gibbs was excluded from the new group. Gibbs played games as both an attacking midfielder and as a tagger throughout the season, playing very well in both roles. As a tagger, he convincingly beat several top-class opponents, including Chad Cornes (nine disposals), Heath Shaw (six disposals) and Adam Goodes, whom he held to seven disposals while collecting 26 of his own. In the midfield, he showed strong team ethic, very accurate disposal by foot, strong tackling, and very good football smarts and awareness. He collected seven Brownlow votes during the season and finished 5th in the club Best and Fairest.
In 2009, Gibbs began playing mainly as an attacking midfielder, and much less as a tagger. He finished the season with a total of 615 disposals (averaging 26.7) which was ranked ninth in the league, and polled 15 votes in the Brownlow Medal to finish equal ninth, and finished third in the club Best and Fairest.
In 2010, Gibbs began to divide his time between the midfield and the half-back line, playing as a rebounding defender. In Round 10, his 45 disposals tied Greg Williams' efforts as the most by a Carlton player in a single game (since records were kept in 1984). Gibbs finished fourth in the club Best and Fairest for 2010.
In 2011, Gibbs played his 100th game for Carlton against the Brisbane Lions.