Trent Knobel

Trent Knobel (born 23 May 1980) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

Trent Knobel
Personal information
Date of birth (1980-05-23) 23 May 1980
Place of birth Gold Coast, Queensland
Original team(s) Broadbeach (AFLQ)
Debut Round 14, 9 June 2000, Brisbane Lions
vs. Kangaroos, at Colonial Stadium
Height 202 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000–2001 Brisbane Lions 13 0(0)
2002–2004 St Kilda 41 0(8)
2005–2007 Richmond 21 0(4)
Total 75 (12)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
Career highlights
  • St Kilda Pre-season Cup winning side 2004[1]
Sources: AFL Tables,

Knobel, a ruckman originally from the Gold Coast, was recruited to the AFL in his home state with the Brisbane Lions onto their rookie list. He made his debut in 2000 after a rookie elevation. After getting his chance in Round 14, Knobel held his spot for much of the season, and played in two finals matches.

After a disappointing 2001 season, and with the Lions having an abundance of ruck stocks (Keating, McLaren, McDonald, Macdonald among others), they traded him to St Kilda.

After fairly limited seasons with the Saints in 2002 and 2003, his 2004 season was much improved, playing all 24 games and becoming the Saints' number one ruckman. Despite his crash and bash ruckwork and tally of 460 hitouts for the year, he was criticised for his lack of around the ground work, averaging just 6 disposals in 2004.

This led to him being traded in the 2005 pre-season draft to the Richmond Football Club. In 2005, he missed 3 games late in the year with a hamstring injury but performed better around the ground.[2]

In 2006, Knobel played just 3 games and found it hard for selection due to the form of All-Australian ruckman Troy Simmonds. Due to ongoing injury concerns Knobel was unable to play a senior game in 2007 and announced his retirement from AFL football on 28 August 2007.


After his AFL retirement, Trent Knobel decided to come out of retirement to join AFLQ club Labrador Tigers after rejecting offer from AFLQ power house Southport Sharks and Broadbeach Cats.


  1. "AFL 2004 Wizard Cup Grand Final - Geelong v St Kilda". Slattery Media Group. 13 March 2004. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 May 2006. Retrieved 2 November 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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