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SON OF A GUN LOOKING TO MAKE HIS OWN MARK

By Peter Argent

Stephen Gillbee was a 350-game premiership player and dual best and fairest with the Hobart Tigers. 

, along with being the playing coach of the clubs 1999 flag, so his son Jacob confirmed he certain came out of a true football family.
Jacob Gilbee is now at the Central District Football Club in this "new look" SANFL with former Lauderdale team mates Cameron Milne and Tom Collier. 
“Dad coached me from Under 13 through to Under 18s,” Jacob Gilbee confirmed.
“I started at the Sorrell Eagles and then went across to the Lauderdale Bombers. 
“At 16 I was lucky enough to start my A grade football career.
“Both Cam (Milne) and Tommy (Collier) are a little older than me, but it was great to have a couple of familiar faces at the club when I arrived.”
The current generation of the Gilbee clan was also a regular Tasmanian junior representative player. A key part the national under 16s title win in Queensland in 2008, he was vice captain of that side. 
He also played both as a bottom age and senior player in the Under 18s nationals, under the guidance of Matt Armstrong, the following two years. 
“I played with great mate Josh Green in those carnivals,” Gilbee explained. 
“He got drafted to the Lions and I was picked up by the Suns at pick 49. 
“I wore jumper number 49 on debut, a round 22 game against Hawthorn at Metricon Stadium.
“After one game in 2011, I played two games in ’12 and three games last year.
“While it was frustrating I couldn’t cement a place, I have no regrets. 
“Five of us (Suns players) shared a house -Tom Lynch, Harley Bennell, Brandon Matera, Trent McKenzie and myself – I caught up with them recently and we are all still really tight.” 
There was a Suns club best and fairest in the NEAFL in their inaugural season in this competition, 2011, as well. 
Jacob Gilbee did plenty of research about the SANFL, explaining the physical and inside game played by most of the clubs, which convinced him the Bulldogs was an ideal choice. 
“My body is feeling super at the moment,” he said. 
“I like Roy’s (senior coach Roy Laird) approach and the way he goes about his footy. 
“He tells it as it is!
"While there is an inkling about having another crack at the AFL, my priority is to have a strong season in the SANFL.
“Get back to loving and playing the game.” 
Gilbee, with his aerobic ability, game understanding and ability to read the play is expected to contribute across half forward and be a part of the midfield rotations.   
“Former player Stephen Schwerdt, who is now the fitness person on the Gold Coast was very complimentary when speaking about Jacob,” senior coach Laird said. 
“He has strong endeavour and a solid skill set. 
“Jacob came to us underdone, but he has increased his fitness significantly. 
“With his athletic attributes and his ability to read the game, we are looking forward to him being a strong contributor on the ball and up forward.”  
At 183cm (six foot) tall and with a playing weight of 84 kgs, Gilbee will add his own dynamic to the Bulldogs midfield squad, which is an intriguing blend of old and new for 2014. 
 , along with being the playing coach of the clubs 1999 flag, so his son Jacob confirmed he certain came out of a true football family.

Jacob Gillbee is now at the Central District Football Club in this "new look" SANFL with former Lauderdale team mates Cameron Milne and Tom Collier. 

“Dad coached me from Under 13 through to Under 18s,” Jacob Gillbee confirmed.

“I started at the Sorrell Eagles and then went across to the Lauderdale Bombers. 

“At 16 I was lucky enough to start my A grade football career.

“Both Cam (Milne) and Tommy (Collier) are a little older than me, but it was great to have a couple of familiar faces at the club when I arrived.”

The current generation of the Gilbee clan was also a regular Tasmanian junior representative player. A key part the national under 16s title win in Queensland in 2008, he was vice captain of that side. 

He also played both as a bottom age and senior player in the Under 18s nationals, under the guidance of Matt Armstrong, the following two years. 

“I played with great mate Josh Green in those carnivals,” Gillbee explained. 

“He got drafted to the Lions and I was picked up by the Suns at pick 49. 

“I wore jumper number 49 on debut, a round 22 game against Hawthorn at Metricon Stadium.

“After one game in 2011, I played two games in ’12 and three games last year.

“While it was frustrating I couldn’t cement a place, I have no regrets. 

“Five of us (Suns players) shared a house -Tom Lynch, Harley Bennell, Brandon Matera, Trent McKenzie and myself – I caught up with them recently and we are all still really tight.” 

There was a Suns club best and fairest in the NEAFL in their inaugural season in this competition, 2011, as well. 

Jacob Gillbee did plenty of research about the SANFL, explaining the physical and inside game played by most of the clubs, which convinced him the Bulldogs was an ideal choice. 

“My body is feeling super at the moment,” he said. 

“I like Roy’s (senior coach Roy Laird) approach and the way he goes about his footy. 

“He tells it as it is!

"While there is an inkling about having another crack at the AFL, my priority is to have a strong season in the SANFL.

“Get back to loving and playing the game.” 

Gillbee, with his aerobic ability, game understanding and ability to read the play is expected to contribute across half forward and be a part of the midfield rotations.   

“Former player Stephen Schwerdt, who is now the fitness person on the Gold Coast was very complimentary when speaking about Jacob,” senior coach Laird said. 

“He has strong endeavour and a solid skill set. 

“Jacob came to us underdone, but he has increased his fitness significantly. 

“With his athletic attributes and his ability to read the game, we are looking forward to him being a strong contributor on the ball and up forward.”  

At 183cm (six foot) tall and with a playing weight of 84 kgs, Gillbee will add his own dynamic to the Bulldogs midfield squad, which is an intriguing blend of old and new for 2014. 

 
Gillbee - assessing options during the weekend's Trial Match against Glenelg
Picture by Peter Argent phatsnaps.photoshelter.com 

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