Josh Gibson (footballer)

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Josh Gibson
Josh Gibson 2017.1.jpg
Gibson in April 2017
Personal information
Full name Joshua Gibson
Nickname(s) Gibbo
Date of birth (1984-03-13) 13 March 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Port Melbourne (VFL)
Draft No. 7, 2005 rookie draft
Debut Round 1, 2006, Kangaroos
vs. Port Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006–2009 North Melbourne 065 (2)
2010–2017 Hawthorn 160 (3)
Total 225 (5)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Joshua Gibson (born 13 March 1984) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the North Melbourne Football Club and Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is a member of Hawthorn's 2013, 2014 and 2015 premiership winning teams.

Currently he is host of the CBS Sports programme Sports Tonight on their Australian division, Network 10.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gibson began playing football with Surrey Park and played junior football for East Burwood, before moving on to play for the Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup and Victorian Football League side Port Melbourne.[1] Gibson was recruited from Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and drafted onto the Kangaroos (North Melbourne) rookie list in 2006.

North Melbourne (Kangaroos)[edit]

Josh Gibson playing for North Melbourne in 2006.

A left footer, he is originally from Oakleigh Chargers and played 10 matches with the Kangaroos in 2006. On 3 June 2007, he suffered a head injury in the bathroom at his home as he was preparing for training.[2] After initially being ruled out of football for the remainder of the season,[3] he returned to the AFL in round 21 and was able to shut out Lance Franklin who had kicked seven goals the previous round.

Hawthorn[edit]

Immediately after the 2009 season, Gibson requested to be traded to the Hawthorn Football Club. The deal was done early on the first day of the 2009 trade week, with Gibson traded, along with North Melbourne's fifth round draft pick No. 69 (Hawks picked Taylor Duryea) for Hawthorn's second and third round draft picks (No. 25 and No. 41 overall). Gibson had a season interrupted by injury in 2010; he tore his hamstring in the third round but recovered to play 12 games. He played in every game in 2011, holding the backline together after longterm injuries to key backmen Ben Stratton and Stephen Gilham. In 2013, Gibson won the Hawthorn best and fairest award, the Peter Crimmins Medal.[4] He won his second Peter Crimmins medal in 2015.[5] Coming off his third consecutive premiership with Hawthorn, Gibson starred in the club's first home game of 2016, ending the match with an equal-club record 44 disposals in a victory over the West Coast Eagles.[6] On August 15, 2017 he announced his retirement from the AFL at the conclusion of the 2017 season.

Personal life[edit]

Josh Gibson was born in, and grew up in Blackburn, Victoria. He was instantly recognisable because of his afro hairstyle before he cut it. Gibson has direct links to Barbados, where his father was born. He attended Trinity Grammar School in Kew. Gibson is currently living in Sydney and is the owner of BeFit training Double Bay.

Statistics[edit]

[7]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2006 North Melbourne 38 11 0 2 73 68 141 32 24 0.0 0.2 6.6 6.2 12.8 2.9 2.2
2007 North Melbourne 38 12 0 0 69 86 155 37 18 0.0 0.0 5.8 7.2 12.9 3.1 1.5
2008 North Melbourne 38 20 1 1 133 145 278 75 32 0.1 0.1 6.7 7.3 13.9 3.8 1.6
2009 North Melbourne 38 22 1 2 210 173 383 102 71 0.0 0.1 9.5 7.9 17.4 4.6 3.2
2010 Hawthorn 6 12 0 0 75 106 181 39 24 0.0 0.0 6.3 8.8 15.1 3.3 2.0
2011 Hawthorn 6 25 0 0 248 185 433 134 56 0.0 0.0 9.9 7.4 17.3 5.4 2.2
2012 Hawthorn 6 22 0 0 195 158 353 108 47 0.0 0.0 8.9 7.2 16.0 4.9 2.1
2013 Hawthorn 6 24 0 0 204 232 436 113 46 0.0 0.0 8.5 9.7 18.2 4.7 1.9
2014 Hawthorn 6 17 0 0 190 169 359 102 34 0.0 0.0 11.2 9.9 21.1 6.0 2.0
2015 Hawthorn 6 25 0 3 303 244 547 207 38 0.0 0.1 12.1 9.8 21.9 8.3 1.0
2016 Hawthorn 6 23 3 0 227 236 463 150 65 0.1 0.0 9.9 10.3 20.1 6.5 2.8
2017 Hawthorn 6 12 0 0 90 96 186 53 14 0.0 0.0 7.5 8.0 15.5 6.5 1.2
Career 225 5 8 2017 1898 3915 1152 469 0.0 0.0 9.0 8.4 17.4 5.1 2.1

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
2006 0
2007 0
2008 0
2009 4
2010 0
2011 4
2012 3
2013 2
2014 3
2015 1
2016 10
2017 0
Total 27

Post-Football Career[edit]

In January 2018, Gibson was a celebrity contestant on the fourth season of the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here.[8] On 5 March 2018, Gibson was evicted after 38 days in camp, coming in eighth place.[9]

Since 2018, he has been a panelist of the CBS Sports programme Sports Tonight on their Australian division, Network 10.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Waiting game is over for Hawk Archived 6 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Gibson suffers serious head injury
  3. ^ Head injury ends Gibson's season Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Gibson Wins Best and Fairest
  5. ^ King, Travis (10 October 2015). "Premier surprise: Defender claims best and fairest in flag year". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Gibson stars in big Hawks win". 3 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Josh Gibson". AFL Tables. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  8. ^ Nick Bond (28 January 2018). "I'm A Celeb 2018 contestants revealed". news.com.au. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Josh Gibson's shock eviction from jungle on I'm A Celebrity ... after being early favourite to win series". news.com.au. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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