O’Brien ends great ca­reer

Melville Times - - Looklocal -

PEEL Thun­der’s most dec­o­rated player, Rory O’Brien, has an­nounced his re­tire­ment.

O’Brien was one of the WAFL’s great­est play­ers and ends his ca­reer after back-to-back pre­mier­ships with the Thun­der.

Dur­ing his ca­reer, O’Brien was hon­oured with five Fairest and Best awards (two Tuckey Medals and three Lynn Medals), the 2013 San­dover Medal, 2004 Colts pre­mier­ship as joint cap­tain, rep­re­sented the state in 2013-14 and was cap­tain of East Fre­man­tle in 2014 and 2015.

Peel Thun­der league coach Cam Shep­herd said O’Brien had been a great player over many years at both Peel Thun­der and East Fre­man­tle.

“Whilst he has won ac­co­lades as a five times Fairest and Best win­ner and a San­dover Medal­list, it is as a dual pre­mier­ship player that I will fondly re­mem­ber him,” Shep­herd said.

“His char­ac­ter and pro­fes­sion­al­ism Rory O’Brien has re­tired. epit­o­mised him as a player.

“He has been so im­por­tant in driv­ing the stan­dards of our group whilst build­ing the bonds that have made our team great.”

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