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Key Facts

Full name
Craig O'Brien

Known as
Craig O'Brien

3 March 1970 (age 53)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 175d
Last game: 30y 29d

Height and weight
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
Essendon; St. Kilda; Sydney

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 45, 12
St. Kilda: 28
Sydney: 5

Recruited from
Essendon (1993); St. Kilda (1996)

Family links
Ron O'Brien (Father)

Craig O'Brien

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaAFL1993-1995521162.2340%9.313.903.065
V/AFL1989-1991, 1993-20001141911.6853%8.693.563.1611
Total1989-1991, 1993-20001141911.6853%8.693.563.1611

AFL: 10,066th player to appear, 2,016th most games played, 436th most goals kickedEssendon: 953rd player to appear, 550th most games played, 358th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,399th player to appear, 301st most games played, 44th most goals kickedSydney: 1,270th player to appear, 386th most games played, 117th most goals kicked

Craig O’Brien was a talented small forward who overcame a difficult start to his career to develop into a highly effective performer. That ‘difficult start’ involved making just intermittent appearances in three seasons (1989-91) with Essendon followed by a whole year in St Kilda’s reserves in 1992 after he crossed to that club. Following, that, his improvement was dramatic and lasting. Boasting pace, good skills, strength overhead and the ability to kick both long and accurately he played 52 games and registered 116 goals for the Saints from 1993 to 1995. Although his form dipped a little in his final season he proved that he still had plenty to give after crossing to Sydney in 1996. Between that year and 2000 he played 41 AFL games for the Swans and scored 59 goals. He was a member of the club’s 1996 grand final team but could not prevent a 43 point loss to North Melbourne.

Author - John Devaney


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