Review 23 - Tim O'Brien (2019)

Dixie Flatline

Saviour Sam
Jun 3, 2005
27,212
25,024
Leafy eastern suburbs
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Other Teams
Cartagena C.F., NYJ, A's
Tim O'Brien

Games: 16
Goals: 12
Yabby Medal votes: 5 (16th)

Averages

Kicks: 8.8 per game
Handballs: 3.9 per game
Disposals: 12.8 per game
Marks: 4.4 per game

Milestones

Career high goals in a game (4, versus West Coast Eagles, Round 23, 2019)

Standout

Round 23, 2019 (versus West Coast Eagles): O'Brien saved his best game of the season for the last game. In an upset victory over the finals-bound Eagles, O'Brien was the spearhead, kicking four goals from 10 disposals to lead the Hawks to a 38 point victory. It was the culmination of a fine run of form to end the season, with O'Brien (who started the season in defence) kicking 12 goals over the last five games of the season in tandem with Mitchell Lewis. At 25, it's taken time for O'Brien to become a dependable contributor but his last month of the season suggested that he will become a vital part of Hawthorn's near-term future.

Shocker

Round 15, 2019 (versus West Coast Eagles): Playing in defence, O'Brien had limited impact on the game, with just nine disposals and three tackles. Although Frawley did well to keep Kennedy without a goal, Jack Darling kicked five goals to lead the Eagles to victory over Hawthorn and Darling kicked some of those goals on O'Brien.

23 - Tim O'Brien (2018)
 

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PenAndPaperJosh

Premiership Player
Oct 17, 2011
4,481
4,806
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Always surprised me when he was dropped in previous years when I though he showed something in most games, just thought he needed a solid run in the seniors to benefit.

Definitely a forward & I love the amount of pressure he puts on for a big guy, definitely something I noticed very early on in his games. Hopefully takes another step forward next year.
 

rogiebear93

Norm Smith Medallist
May 17, 2017
5,195
10,623
AFL Club
Hawthorn
A lot of people seem to believe that Tim should be played as a swing man, but for mine he's simply too much of a confidence player to expect that from him regularly. He needs a set role to thrive.
 

Hawk_francais

Club Legend
Sep 20, 2015
2,630
5,117
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Corner. Turned. Big year from Timmy! He really increases our marking power in the forward half. Between him, Lewis, Wingard, Sicily, McEvoy, Ceglar, with Patton, Impey and Walker coming in, we have some really good marking power around the ground.
 

threesixpio

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 28, 2013
25,381
33,710
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Corner. Turned. Big year from Timmy! He really increases our marking power in the forward half. Between him, Lewis, Wingard, Sicily, McEvoy, Ceglar, with Patton, Impey and Walker coming in, we have some really good marking power around the ground.
Yeah - hoping Walker has big a preseason to make that forwardline even more competitive. Forwardline was a disaster at the start of the year. Love how the club has focussed on it towards the end of the year.

Pumped
 

MrFujiMoto

Norm Smith Medallist
May 9, 2011
5,276
5,955
Adelaide
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Other Teams
Box Hill Hawks, Norwood Redlegs
I like his marking ability. He always got hi hands to the ball but they just never stuck well in previous seasons. Hopefully he can continue to pull in the marks as he is a decent shot on goal. Great third tall and he gives Gunston the flexibility to play more around the ground if needed.
 

Wbby

Premiership Player
May 4, 2013
3,028
4,721
AFL Club
Hawthorn
Thought he was one of our better defenders when going back. Wouldn't be averse to throwing him back if we are getting smacked ala Gunston the last few years
 

Hawk_francais

Club Legend
Sep 20, 2015
2,630
5,117
AFL Club
Hawthorn
I like his marking ability. He always got hi hands to the ball but they just never stuck well in previous seasons. Hopefully he can continue to pull in the marks as he is a decent shot on goal. Great third tall and he gives Gunston the flexibility to play more around the ground if needed.
I think he was always capable of those big marks, but what changed this year was not so much pulling down hangers, but rather his ability (willingness) to compete even when he’s unlikely to mark. Hawthornhighlights for round 23 will show you why it’s his best game - he not only bags 4, but he puts his body in 2 or 3 other times and it results in a goal for us. It’s great to see how much he’s loving that game too!
 

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