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Key Facts

Full name
Andrew Obst

Known as
Andrew Obst

Born
19 August 1964 (age 59)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 25y 224d
Last game: 32y 361d

Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
Port Adelaide; Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 29, 4

Recruited from
Port Adelaide (1990)

Family links
Peter Obst (Father)Trevor Obst (Uncle)Ken Obst (Grandfather)Brad Ebert (Second cousin)

Andrew Obst

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Port AdelaideSANFL1987-1989, 1998-199990500.56
MelbourneAFL1990-1997149600.4047%8.807.242.9318
Total1987-19992391100.46

AFL: 10,080th player to appear, 1,338th most games played, 1,775th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,113th player to appear, 70th most games played, 127th most goals kicked

Son of former Port Adelaide and Woodville footballer Peter Obst, and grandson of Port’s Ken Obst, Andrew Obst was a slimly built, long-limbed on-baller who boasted great stamina and no small amount of skill. Equally adept at breaking through the lines, or functioning as a tagger, he commenced his senior career with amateur club West Croydon before joining Port Adelaide. His initial stint with the Magpies spanned the years 1987 to 1989 and saw him play in the club’s 1998 and 1999 premiership teams. At the 1988 Adelaide Bicentennial carnival he represented Australian Amateurs. Later, during his time with Melbourne, he played state of origin football for South Australia.

Melbourne drafted Obst in 1987 but he did not join the club until 1990. He soon slotted into the side and became a highly valued team member regularly racking up sizeable possession totals. He ran third in the club best and fairest count in 1996 but the following year his form was adversely affected by nagging injury concerns and he opted to return to Port Magpies at the end of the season. Not afraid of mixing it, he was reported on five occasions during his AFL career and suspended three times. During his time with the Demons he played 149 games and booted 60 goals.

The last phase of Obst’s career saw him taking his final career tally of SANFL games with Port to 90 and the number of goals kicked to 50. He was a member of Magpies grand final-winning teams in 1998 and 1999, finally retiring after the latter match.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article; http://demonwiki.org/Andrew+Obst

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.