Brisbane Norths forward transferred to Easts in 1986 and forged a reputation as a fearless tackler. Known as ‘The Axe’, Gillmeister made his State of Origin debut in 1987 but returned home to play with the Broncos. He was rock solid in the club's 1992 grand final win and played a fine attacking role in the Broncos' World Club Championship win that year. Gillmeister was a courageous performer in Brisbane's 1993 grand final win over St George but the Broncos had already made the decision to cut him from the club beca...
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