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O’Brien playing for future

Jesse O'Brien approaches every game like he's 'playing for his career'

3:46pm  Aug 8, 2013

O'Brien set for senior debut

North Adelaide recruit Jesse O’Brien will make his senior AFL debut this Thursday night when the Lions take on Carlton at Etihad Stadium.

9:08am  Jun 30, 2010

O'Brien feels right at home with Lions

New Brisbane Lions draftee Jesse O'Brien says he is adjusting well to the move to Queensland

10:20am  Jan 18, 2010

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Jesse
O'Brien

Height
185 cm
DOB
13-02-1991
Weight
79 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2014
-
Career
17
Goals
2014
-
Career
4
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
-
Avg
-
JesseO'Brien

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Payneham
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 14 2010
Recruited from: North Adelaide (SA)
Brownlow Votes: -

Introduction

South Australian product Jesse O'Brien is a fleet-footed outside midfielder who has good skills under pressure. He has been described as somewhat of an 'x-factor' and possesses great endurance and running ability.

Background

• North Adelaide product Jesse O'Brien was eligible to be drafted in 2008 but was overlooked as a bottom-age player.

• He spent 2009 playing predominantly with North Adelaide's reserves side but earned selection in two senior SANFL matches with the Roosters. 

• O'Brien was selected to represent South Australia in the 2009 U18 Championships and collected 12 disposals in his one match at the junior competition.

• His persistence and determination paid off when he was eventually drafted to the Brisbane Lions with pick number 73 in the 2009 AFL National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• After a promising pre-season, O’Brien was afforded two senior matches at the beginning of the season, but failed to make a significant impact in either.

• He was sent back to the Reserves’ side to develop his game, but was constantly hampered with groin issues. 

• Despite constant physiotherapy, O’Brien’s 2012 ended up coming to a premature end after it was decided that he needed surgery on his troublesome groin.

• After getting a taste of senior AFL action in his first season, O'Brien became a more regular member of the senior team in 2011.

• An impressive pre-season campaign saw him line-up in the team's season opener against Fremantle and maintain his position in the side for the opening 10 weeks.

• He twice collected a career-high 18 disposals (in Round 2 and Round 6) and was also used at times as an effective substitute.

• After a couple of quiet matches, he was sent back to the Lions Reserves, but returned to the senior team a couple of weeks later against Fremantle in Round 14.

• O'Brien's second AFL season was eventually halted by a stress fracture in his fibula which kept him sidelined for the final two months of the season.

• He finished the season with 12 senior matches - adding to the one from his debut season - and averaged 12.1 disposals per game.

• It was a solid first year for the young midfielder, performing well in the Reserves and managing his first senior game for the Lions in 2010.

• O’Brien began the season in the Reserves and played consistently, demonstrating a strong work ethic.

• He was among the Lions’ best against the NT Thunder in round 15, kicking a brilliant snap that brought the Lions to within 11 points after being down all game, and eventually helping the team to down the Thunder by 10 points.

• O’Brien made his senior debut in round 14 against Carlton and had a relatively quiet game, with 8 disposals and 5 tackles.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 17
    • Kicks 7.2
    • Handballs 3.8
    • Disposals 11.1
    • Marks 3.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.9
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 50.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Richmond Rd 6, 2011
Handballs 7 Melbourne Rd 3, 2011
Disposals 18 Richmond Rd 6, 2011
Marks 7 Port Adelaide Rd 15, 2011
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 8 Richmond Rd 20, 2013
Goals 1 St Kilda Rd 19, 2013
AFL Fantasy 82 Western Bulldogs Rd 2, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2013 Brisbane Lions 16 9 25 7 0 1 3 12 1 1 134
2012 Brisbane Lions 6 4 10 3 0 1 0 5 1 0 62
2011 Brisbane Lions 99 46 145 40 0 8 5 27 2 3 625
2010 Brisbane Lions 2 6 8 1 0 0 2 5 0 0 35

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

AFL Brisbane Lions: 15 games, 3 goals

Awards

Other Awards

South Australian U18 Representative
2009

Andrew Ireland Medal
2013

Club Awards

Lions Reserves Premiership Player
2013