PLAYERS | Trevor Gillmeister


Panther 354

22 matches [1994]

4 points [1 try]


Gladstone born forward who played for Brisbane Norths before going to Sydney to join Eastern Suburbs in 1986, and in 1987 made his debut for Queensland. After five seasons he went to Brisbane in 1991, winning two premierships with the Broncos in 1992 and 1993. Due to salary cap restrictions, he was squeezed out of Brisbane and signed with Penrith for the 1994 season.

Nicknamed “The Axe” due to his fearless tackling style, he made his club debut for the Panthers in the opening round against the Gold Coast Seagulls, starting in the second row in their 18-all draw. Midway through the season he shifted to the front row and as an incumbent he became the third Penrith player to represent the Maroons in the State of Origin, playing in the first two games.

He would appear in all 22 regular season matches in 1994, scoring one try (in the 28-24 win over St. George at Penrith Stadium) with his final match being a replacement in the Round 22 loss to Parramatta.

Despite signing for two seasons, he was granted a release from the second year to sign with expansion team South Queensland in 1995. After two seasons, he retired at the end of the 1996 season. Post career he has forged a career both in coaching and in the media.


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