Gillmeister brings defensive nous to Origin team

Former Origin Great Trevor Gillmeister has officially signed on to be part of the Queensland Women’s State of Origin team coaching staff.

Gillmeister – who has a years of experience coaching teams and is the current defensive consultant at the Gold Coast Titans – will assist head coach Jason Hetherington and assistant coaches Karyn Murphy and Nat Dwyer in preparing the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons for the 2019 State of Origin campaign as a defensive coach and trainer.

The QRL announced the re-appointment of Hetherington, Murphy and Dwyer for a further two years last December in a significant move for women’s rugby league in the state.

While Gillmeister was a key part of the team’s preparations last year, having assisted during the squad’s training session in the lead up to the Origin clash and also running the water alongside fellow Origin great Allan Langer at the North Sydney Oval game, this year will see him take on more responsibility in his official capacity.

“I met with Gilly and asked if he would be interested in the role of defensive coach and trainer and he was enthusiastic to work again with such a dedicated team of players and coaching staff such as the Queensland Women's Origin team,” QRL representative programs and female elite pathways manager Mitchell Constance said of the appointment.

“Gilly brings years of experience to this role, and the players soak up all the advice he gives them – he’s a really valuable asset to the side.”

Gillmeister was in attendance at this year’s first Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons training camp held on Saturday (March 23) which saw an extended squad of players get together to being preparing for the upcoming representative period, including June’s State of Origin match.