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Key Facts

Full name
Rod Oborne

Known as
Rod Oborne

6 September 1953 (age 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 210d
Last game: 27y 245d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 76 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood; Richmond

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 8, 23
Richmond: 23

Recruited from
Collingwood (1979)

Family links
Brad Oborne (Son)

Rod Oborne

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodV/AFL1972-1976, 1978-197987850.9859%
V/AFL1972-1976, 1978-198192921.0060%9.932.143.4211
Total1972-1976, 1978-198192921.0060%9.932.143.4211

AFL: 8,440th player to appear, 2,650th most games played, 1,182nd most goals kickedCollingwood: 724th player to appear, 224th most games played, 100th most goals kickedRichmond: 816th player to appear, 865th most games played, 473rd most goals kicked

Originally from Marist Brothers College in Burnie Rod Oborne (shown right) was tall, slimly built and stylish, and enjoyed a promising debut season with Collingwood in 1972 when he played 19 games and won the club’s best first year player award. Thereafter, although he showed glimpses of his best form, he failed fully to build on his impressive start. In 1977 he was cleared to Claremont where he enjoyed a fine season, playing 19 WAFL games and topping the club’s goal kicking list with 57 goals, whereupon Collingwood coaxed him back to the fold in time for the 1978 season. Once again, however, he failed to ignite, and midway through the 1979 season, after 87 VFL games and 85 goals for the Magpies, he crossed to Richmond. He spent three seasons in Tigerland but only added 5 games and 7 goals to his respective career tallies.

Rod Oborne later captain-coached Williamstown in the VFA and led Ainslie to a premiership of the ACTAFL in 1984.

Collingwood authority Glenn McFarlane summarised Oborne’s career thus:

Rod Oborne was one of those players who always looked like he might be about to have a breakout season and become a fully-fledged star. And while he never quite reached those heights, a career tally nearing 100 games – and a decent highlights reel – is still plenty to be proud of.[1]

Author - John Devaney




Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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