Bryce Gibbs (Australian rules footballer)

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Bryce Gibbs
Personal information
Full name Bryce Gibbs
Date of birth (1989-03-15) 15 March 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) Glenelg (SANFL)
Draft No. 1, 2006 national draft
Height / weight 188cm / 85 kg
Position(s) Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 4
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007– Carlton 209 (120)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2010 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2010.
Career highlights

Bryce Gibbs (born 15 March 1989) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).


Gibbs was an exceptional youth talent, which led to much speculation about his ultimate AFL drafting.[1] 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.

From 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.[2]

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.


Speculation that Gibbs would be the No. 1 draft pick began early in the 2006 season. Although his father Ross Gibbs had a 253-game career with Glenelg, Bryce was ineligible to be taken by the Adelaide Crows under the Father-Son Rule, much to the Crows' chagrin, because Ross had not yet played 200 of those games before the 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 then-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.[3] The match ended in 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.[3]

AFL career[edit]

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.

Gibbs in 2011.

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).[4] Gibbs finished fourth in the club best and fairest for 2010.[5]

In 2011, Gibbs celebrated his 100 games for Carlton against the Brisbane Lions.

In June 2012, Gibbs re-signed with Carlton for a further two years.[6]

In June 2014, Gibbs signed a new five year deal with Carlton keeping him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.[7] He went on to win his first John Nicholls Medal and was also named in the All Australian 40 man squad.

Despite being contracted to Carlton, Gibbs announced at the conclusion of the 2016 season that he wanted to return to South Australia for family reasons and requested a trade.[8] After failing to facilitate a trade with the Adelaide Football Club, he stayed with Carlton.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Gibbs is the son of former SANFL and WAFL player Ross Gibbs.

In 2006 Bryce graduated from Brighton Secondary School where he sat his SACE.

Gibbs founded his own clothing line, Tushay Clothing, along with former Carlton and Collingwood player Jordan Russell [10]

Outside football[edit]

Gibbs, along with team-mate Nick Stevens appeared in the popular Australian drama, Neighbours in October 2008.[11] Bryce has represented South Australia in volleyball.


  1. ^ The Canberra Times Chosen one makes his mark Camp spotlight shines on Gibbs
  2. ^ Gibbs' AFL appetite growing
  3. ^ a b Passionate, skilful, hungry and smart Gibbs a kid with the lot Retrieved from The Herald Sun 12 November 2006
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  5. ^ Carlton Football Club Judd in John Nicholls Medal threepeat, Retrieved 28 September 2010
  6. ^ Carlton Football Club Gibbs and Kreuzer commit to Carlton, Retrieved 6 June 2012
  7. ^ Carlton Football Club Gibbs a Blue for life, Retrieved 23 July 2014
  8. ^ Guthrie, Ben (10 October 2016). "Carlton star Bryce Gibbs requests trade to Adelaide". Bigpond. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Gaskin, Lee (20 October 2016). "Stalemate as Crows fail on Gibbs deal". Bigpond. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "About Us". Tushay Clothing. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  11. ^ Jones, Tony (27 July 2008). "Pssst". The Sunday Age. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 

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