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O'Brien to play

Zac O’Brien has been rewarded for a strong pre-season, selected in the final 22 for Sunday’s game.

4:38pm  Apr 10, 2015

O'Brien elevated to seniors

Lions rookie Zac O’Brien has been elevated to the senior list.

10:36am  Apr 7, 2015

Zac leads all Lions

Zac O'Brien was the Lions' leading vote-getter in the NEAFL MVP award

1:59pm  Aug 26, 2014

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Zac
O'Brien

Height
183 cm
DOB
27-10-1990
Weight
78 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2015
7
Career
12
Goals
2015
0
Career
1
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
440
Avg
63
ZacO'Brien

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Wangaratta Rovers FC
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 11 2014
Recruited from: Essendon Bombers VFL
Brownlow Votes: -

Introduction

Zac O'Brien is an hard-running midfielder who plied his trade with Yarrawonga, Aberfeldie and Essendon VFL before being drafted to the AFL at the mature age of 23. He has forged a reputation for being a workaholic midfielder, who runs all day, boasts clean hands, and makes smart decisions with the ball.

Background

• O’Brien was a relative journeyman in Victorian football circles. Originally from Wangaratta, he went on to represent Yarrawonga in the Ovens and Murray Football League, before a move to Melbourne in 2012 saw him join Aberfeldie in the Essendon Districts Football League (EDFL).

• He proved a standout in the EDFL and looked capable of playing at a higher level, so decided to join Essendon’s VFL side where he quickly caught the eye of AFL recruiters.

• He played 11 games and kicked three goals for Essendon (VFL) in 2013, averaging 14 kicks, eight handballs, and five marks per game.

• He was invited to the state screening, where he produced an impressive 14.2 beep test result - further enhancing his draft credentials.  

• His persistence ended up paying off, with the Lions drafting him with Pick No.23 in the 2013 AFL Rookie Draft – a day he remembers as the ‘best of his life’.

• Before being drafted, O'Brien had completed his Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chiropractic)/Masters of Chiropractic Clinic, but happily left his Chiropractic career behind momentarily to pursue his AFL dream.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 7
    • Kicks 7.6
    • Handballs 6.7
    • Disposals 14.3
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 62.9

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 GWS Giants Rd 10
Handballs 15 Carlton Rd 20
Disposals 21 Carlton Rd 20
Marks 6 GWS Giants Rd 10
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Western Bulldogs Rd 12
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 101 GWS Giants Rd 10

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Collingwood L 74 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne L 133 - 51 11 3 14 3 0 2 1 7 0 0 75
3 Richmond L 58 - 137 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 West Coast Eagles L 65 - 118 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 54 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Carlton W 75 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Port Adelaide W 102 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Essendon L 136 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 St Kilda L 86 - 108 8 10 18 3 0 2 0 6 0 0 79
10 GWS Giants L 97 - 67 13 7 20 6 0 2 0 7 0 0 101
12 Western Bulldogs L 146 - 74 9 3 12 3 0 1 3 10 0 0 74
13 Adelaide Crows L 69 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Fremantle L 84 - 48 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Sydney Swans L 49 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne L 60 - 36 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 North Melbourne L 38 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Geelong Cats L 113 - 57 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 114 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
20 Carlton W 131 - 67 6 15 21 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 60
21 Adelaide Crows L 131 - 44 3 6 9 4 0 1 2 2 0 0 36
22 Hawthorn L 134 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 18 53 47 100 20 0 8 7 35 0 0 440

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 7.0
    • Handballs 7.7
    • Disposals 14.7
    • Marks 2.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.2
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 60.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 GWS Giants Rd 10, 2015
Handballs 18 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014
Disposals 30 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014
Marks 6 GWS Giants Rd 10, 2015
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Western Bulldogs Rd 12, 2015
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 11, 2014
AFL Fantasy 101 GWS Giants Rd 10, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Brisbane Lions 53 47 100 20 0 8 7 35 0 0 440
2014 Brisbane Lions 31 46 77 13 0 7 6 16 1 0 283

Legend

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Handballs
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Marks
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Hit-outs
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Frees For
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Goals
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Behinds
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