Phil Gilbert

Phil Gilbert (born 15 November 1969) is an Australian rules footballer. He played for both the Melbourne and Fremantle Football Clubs in the Australian Football League. He was drafted from Clarement in the WAFL by Melbourne with the 19th selection in the 1991 AFL Draft and played mainly as a defender.

Phil Gilbert
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-11-15) 15 November 1969
Place of birth Mount Barker, Western Australia
Original team(s) Claremont (WAFL)
Debut Round 1, 1993, Melbourne
vs. Hawthorn, at Waverley Park
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1992–1994 Melbourne 25 (6)
1995–1996 Fremantle 14 (2)
Total 39 (8)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1996.
Sources: AFL Tables,

He is most frequently remembered as being the player traded by Melbourne to Fremantle in the 1994 AFL Draft in return for the 17-year-old Jeff Farmer, who would go on to become an All-Australian and score over 400 goals in AFL football,[1] whilst Fremantle would only have 14 games from Gilbert.

After being delisted by Fremantle at the end of the 1996 season, Gilbert moved to Mandurah and became the inaugural captain of the Peel Thunder Football Club, an expansion team in the WAFL. He later became coach of the Pinjarra Tigers in the Peel Football League and in 2004 returned to Peel Thunder to be an assistant coach, working alongside head coach Garry Hocking.[2]

He is currently the director for Great Southern Football Academy (Clontarf) at North Albany Senior High School but previously worked as a real estate salesman in the Peel Region.[3]


  1. 1994 AFL Draft Details Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. East, A; Coaching tactics pay handsome dividends Archived 18 June 2005 at; Mandurah Coastal Times; 25 August 2004
  3. Phil Gilbert - Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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