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Key Facts

Full name
Peter O'Donohue

Known as
Peter O'Donohue

14 June 1923

4 November 2012 (aged 89)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 48d
Last game: 29y 77d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Hawthorn; West Perth

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 36, 23, 14

Peter O'Donohue

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
HawthornV/AFL1942-1943, 1946-1952109240.2217%15
West PerthWANFL1953-195431210.68
Total1942-1943, 1946-1954140450.32

AFL: 5,123rd player to appear, 2,134th most games played, 3,301st most goals kickedHawthorn: 311th player to appear, 122nd most games played, 212th most goals kicked

An extremely versatile footballer, Peter O'Donohue was a key member of Hawthorn sides in 109 VFL games from 1942 to 1943 and between 1946 to 1952. Probably best suited to a defensive role, he could also do a more than serviceable job across centre when required. In 1953 he was appointed captain coach of West Perth, and steered his side to a Grand Final encounter with South Fremantle in his first season. Playing at full back, O'Donohue was one of the few Cardinals players to do justice to himself in a 59-point reversal. He remained in the west in 1954 but was only able to get his team as far as the preliminary final this time.

In 1955, O'Donohue headed back east, where he continued his coaching career with various clubs, including Deniliquin (Murray Football League) and Northcote (VFA). He returned to Hawthorn as non-playing coach in 1966, but the side managed just five wins from 18 games to finish a disappointing 9th.

Author - John Devaney


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