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Key Facts

Full name
Daryl O'Brien

Known as
Daryl O'Brien

10 September 1941 (age 81)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 345d
Last game: 27y 354d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 47, 37, 12

Daryl O'Brien

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1960, 1962-196913580.0634%11.902.422.070
Total1960, 1962-196913580.0634%11.902.422.070

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 7,209th player to appear, 1,560th most games played, 5,396th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 525th player to appear, 76th most games played, 390th most goals kicked

Daryl O'Brien joined North Melbourne from West Coburg and was handed his senior VFL debut in 1960. However, playing mainly as a half forward flanker, he signally failed to set the world on fire, and managed just a handful of games before being consigned to the seconds, where he went on to spend the whole of the following season. At one point, he actually requested a clearance to Footscray, but the North hierarchy, presumably believing he still had the potential to make his mark, turned him down.

In 1962, O'Brien once again made the league side, this time as a half back flanker, and he swiftly adapted to the position as though born to it. Pacy, tenacious and tough, he typically stuck to his direct opponent like a limpet, and soon became acknowledged as one of the hardest men to beat one on one in the league. By the time he retired in 1969 he had played a total of 135 VFL games and kicked eight goals, in the process eminently justifying the club's determination to hang onto him eight years earlier.

Author - John Devaney


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