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Key Facts

Full name
Darren O'Brien

Known as
Darren O'Brien

Born
22 March 1969 (age 53)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 27y 29d
Last game: 28y 161d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Melbourne

Jumper numbers
Melbourne: 38

Darren O'Brien

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
MelbourneAFL1996-19972490.3821%8.173.382.960
Total1996-19972490.3821%8.173.382.960

AFL: 10,688th player to appear, 6,044th most games played, 5,197th most goals kickedMelbourne: 1,172nd player to appear, 534th most games played, 460th most goals kicked

Darren O’Brien was a prominent player for West Perth during what developed into a noteworthy era for the club. Typically used in the midfield, he was also a capable defender if the need arose. From 1988 to 1995 and in 1998 he played 159 games and registered 83 goals for the Falcons, winning a club fairest and best award in 1994. He made a telling contribution to the club’s 1993 grand final defeat of Claremont, and also played in the following two grand finals, a loss against East Fremantle in 1994, and a victory over Subiaco in 1995. Perhaps surprisingly, he was never chosen to represent Western Australia.

In 1996 and 1997 O’Brien made 24 appearances and booted nine goals for Melbourne in the AFL. He produced a handful of fine performances but overall was too inconsistent to be retained. The fact that he was 28 at the time of his de-listing may also have told against him.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

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