O'Hara's Sparkling Form

By Peter Argent


Photograph by Callum McKinnon


While it has been a tough start to the year for Central District one of their form players has been Brayden O’Hara.

This continued on Sunday with a 30-possession, two-goal game in the Bulldogs breakthrough win over Port Adelaide at Alberton Oval.

Arriving in Gawler as a 13-year-old, Brayden O’Hara played with Gawler Central in the Barossa, Light and Gawler competition after coming from Meningie.

Brayden played in a senior colts premiership with the Tigers’ Gawler Central in 2002, after being promoted from the under 15s late in the season and continued to play at the Tigers between his commitments with Trinity College first XXI.

“Before coming to Gawler I played in an under 12 Grand Final with Danyle Pearce,” O’Hara said.

“While I was playing with Trinity, my teammates included Jason Blakemore (Central) and Scott Evans (South).

“Whenever I was not playing at Trinity, I’d don a Gawler Central jumper.

“In my final year at Trinity, I was playing reserves at Centrals, so that took precedence.”

O’Hara would spend two-and-a-half seasons in the reserves before first getting his league opportunity, in round eight of the 2008 season.

“During the ‘08 pre-season I trained with ‘Thomo’ (Paul Thomas), and learned about how much work I needed to do to play league

football,” O’Hara explained.

“After my debut, I spent a couple of weeks back in the reserves, and after a 70-point loss returned to the league team for the remainder of the season.

“I played 46 reserves games before I got my first opportunity in the league.”

By the end of the season O’Hara had played in his first flag for the Bulldogs.

This was followed by the 2009 victory over Sturt, and the exciting thriller against Norwood in ‘10.

From the start of 2011 and through the following season, O’Hara missed upwards of 25 games through injury.

There was a broken collarbone from the ANZAC Day clash in ’11, and then a hip operation last year.

“There was plenty of frustration over the past couple of years with injury,” O’Hara commented.

“So it’s nice to be playing consistent football again.

“I’m now part of the leadership group at the Bulldogs, which includes Trent Goodrem, Ryan Williams, Kyle Jenner and  James Boyd.”

O’Hara can’t get away from the game for long, as he also works with the Gowans twins, James and Chris, as an apprentice carpenter, now in his fourth year.

He has a younger sibling Jace, who is currently on the SA Redbacks emerging player list, as well as playing district A grade cricket with Tea Tree Gully.

Brayden is a former Gawler Central Cricket Club A grade player of the year, but he freely conceded his brother, now 22, is the better cricketer.

“I was a left arm quick, who could bat a bit, but we weren’t that good back then,” Brayden said.

“Jace has certainly got me these days – he’s currently in England playing league cricket.

“We’ve always been pretty close.

“I wouldn’t want to face him in the nets these days, as he’d pepper me, as I did to him when we were younger!”

Currently a member of the SANFL State squad, O’Hara is now keen to play in the South Australian State jumper for the first time in this Saturday’s (May 11) match at Richmond Oval, against the NEAFL.


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