Gilbert McAdam

Hailing from a legendary Alice Springs football family, Gilbert McAdam commenced his career with South Alice Football Club, where he won the Club’s Best and Fairest in the inaugural Under 15 Competition in 1979. Moving to South Australia in 1982, Gilbert joined the North Adelaide Football Club at 14 years of age. In 1984, Gilbert represented the Territory in the Under 17 Teal Cup team, before returning to live in 1985. He played two seasons with Waratah Football Club in the Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) in 1985/86 and 1986/87, winning the Club’s Best and Fairest award in both seasons and finishing third in the Nichols Medal in 1985/86. Gilbert coached Waratah Football Club in 1987/88, and was selected to play for the NTFL representative side against Essendon in 1986 and the Sydney Swans in 1987. In 1988, Gilbert joined Central Districts Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). Gilbert was Runner-up in the Magarey Medal in 1988 before winning the 1989 Magarey Medal, a stellar year of achievements that saw Gilbert win a Premiership with Central Districts as well as winning the Club’s Best and Fairest award. Gilbert was drafted in 1989 to the St Kilda Football Club, where he played 53 AFL matches, before joining the Brisbane Bears for a further 58 matches, retiring in 1996, after 111 AFL games and 89 goals. During his AFL career, Gilbert remained true to his Territory upbringing, playing in a number of representative games including the 1994 Aboriginal All Stars team against Collingwood. Gilbert returned to Waratah’s in 1995/96 and was Player Coach in the 1996/97 NTFL Grand Final. Gilbert then coached South Alice Football Club to the 1999 Central Australian Football League Premiership. A member of the SANFL Indigenous Team of the Century, we celebrate and welcome Gilbert McAdam in the AFLNT Hall of Fame.