Gilbert playing for St Kilda in June 2017
|Full name||Samuel Gilbert|
|Date of birth||19 August 1986|
|Place of birth||New South Wales|
|Original team(s)||Southport (QAFL)|
|Draft||No. 33, 2005 National Draft, St Kilda|
|Height||194 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
|2006–2018||St Kilda||208 (38)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2010.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Gilbert had a rugby league background, spending his junior days playing for the Bilambil Jets in the Group 18 Rugby League on the New South Wales Northern Coast. His grandfather (Jack Gilbert) and great grandfather (Herb Gilbert) played for St. George Dragons in the New South Wales Rugby Football League Premiership. Herb was also a dual-code rugby international who captained Australia at rugby league.
Gilbert moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland at the age of 14, where he switched to Australian Rules at the Coolangatta-Tweed Blues, before moving to Southport, Queensland. He attracted the eye of talent scouts after impressing at Southport Sharks and in the Queensland Scorpions Representative Side. He attended Palm Beach Currumbin High School throughout his teenage years.
Gilbert played only one further match in 2006, failing to make a big impact.
The 2007 season brought further opportunities for Gilbert and he was included for the Round 5 match against Port Adelaide Power, after improved form in St Kilda's VFL affiliated team, the Casey Scorpions. Setting the pattern for his team mates, Gilbert laid seven tackles. He held his spot in the side and improved under coach Ross Lyon, playing every game for the rest of the year.
Gilbert was drafted as a key defender, but his agility and speed has allowed him to play through the midfield and up forward.
Gilbert played in St Kilda’s 2008 NAB Cup winning side - the club's third pre-season cup win.
Gilbert played in 19 of 22 matches in the 2009 home and away rounds. St Kilda qualified in first position for the 2009 finals series, winning the club’s third minor premiership.
St Kilda qualified for 2009 AFL Grand Final after qualifying and preliminary finals wins. Gilbert played in the grand final in which St Kilda were defeated by 12 points.
Gilbert played in 26 games in 2010, including four finals matches, and finished 3rd in St Kilda's Best & Fairest Award (Trevor Barker Medal).
As of the end of the 2010 season, Gilbert had played in 10 AFL finals matches including a grand final
- Defender Sam Gilbert helps lead St Kilda charge towards AFL Premiership Andrew Hamilton for The Courier-Mail 24 September 2009
- League Boy a St Kilda Star
- Winning Change for Gilbert
- Neil Mackay and a Gold Coast high school is helping Suns in quest to stock its list with locals
- Edmund, Sam (11 July 2009). "Sam Gilbert, the code breaker".
- "St Kilda wins NAB cup". The Age. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "Saints are NAB Cup Champions in 2008". Jeld-Wen. 8 March 2008. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- AFL Rising Star Round 16 Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "2009 Season Scores and Results - Ladder". AFL Tables. 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sam Gilbert.|
- Sam Gilbert's profile on the official website of the St Kilda Football Club
- Sam Gilbert's playing statistics from AFL Tables