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Zac leads all Lions

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

1:59pm  Aug 26, 2014

O’Brien earns NEAFL nod

Rookie Zac O'Brien has been named in the 2014 NEAFL Team of the Year.

5:31pm  Aug 25, 2014

Zac’s rookie reward

Zac O’Brien is latest Lions rookie to earn his place at senior AFL level

11:16am  May 30, 2014

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Zac
O'Brien

Height
183 cm
DOB
27-10-1990
Weight
78 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2014
5
Career
5
Goals
2014
1
Career
1
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
283
Avg
57
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

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 6.2
    • Handballs 9.2
    • Disposals 15.4
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.2
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 56.6

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Geelong Cats Rd 23
Handballs 18 Geelong Cats Rd 23
Disposals 30 Geelong Cats Rd 23
Marks 5 GWS Giants Rd 13
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Geelong Cats Rd 23
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 11
AFL Fantasy 100 Geelong Cats Rd 23

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn L 139 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Geelong Cats L 68 - 93 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Gold Coast Suns L 114 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Port Adelaide L 159 - 46 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Richmond L 63 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 St Kilda W 79 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Sydney Swans L 44 - 123 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Essendon L 57 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 North Melbourne L 125 - 38 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Carlton W 98 - 91 9 6 15 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 58
12 Western Bulldogs W 87 - 95 2 4 6 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 23
13 GWS Giants L 80 - 125 4 6 10 5 0 2 1 2 0 0 46
14 Fremantle L 105 - 22 4 12 16 3 0 1 2 4 0 0 56
15 North Melbourne W 70 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Richmond L 79 - 54 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 West Coast Eagles L 64 - 76 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Melbourne W 51 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Adelaide Crows L 63 - 168 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Collingwood W 56 - 123 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Fremantle L 48 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Geelong Cats L 143 - 81 12 18 30 3 0 2 1 5 0 0 100
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 15 31 46 77 13 0 7 6 16 1 0 283

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 6.2
    • Handballs 9.2
    • Disposals 15.4
    • Marks 2.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.2
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 56.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 12 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014
Handballs 18 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014
Disposals 30 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014
Marks 5 GWS Giants Rd 13, 2014
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014
Goals 1 Carlton Rd 11, 2014
AFL Fantasy 100 Geelong Cats Rd 23, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Brisbane Lions 31 46 77 13 0 7 6 16 1 0 283

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