Jaeger O'Meara

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Jaeger O'Meara
Personal information
Full name Jaeger O'Meara
Date of birth (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Dongara, Western Australia
Original team(s) Perth (WAFL)
Draft No. 1, 2011 mini draft
Height / weight 183 cm / 84 kg[1]
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 10
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2013–2016 Gold Coast 44 (27)
2017– Hawthorn 00 0(0)
Total 44 (27)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights

Jaeger O'Meara (born 23 February 1994) is an Australian rules footballer with the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

O'Meara was a student a former student of Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton.[2] O'Meara began playing football for Railways Football Club in the Great Northern Football League. He competed for the Railways senior team in their 2010 GNFL Grand Final win and lined up on future Gold Coast Suns teammate Jack Martin. He was awarded the Guardian Medal for his best on ground performance at 16 years of age.[3] O'Meara was then recruited by the Perth Football Club for the 2011 WAFL season and made his senior debut in August.

AFL career[edit]

2013–2016: Early career with Gold Coast[edit]

O'Meara was recruited by Gold Coast with the first selection in the 2011 mini draft, a special draft of players who were too young to be eligible for selection in the main 2011 AFL Draft. Gold Coast obtained the first selection in the mini draft by trading their first selection, the fourth overall, to the new Greater Western Sydney team.[4]

As part of the mini-draft rules, O'Meara was unable to play for the Gold Coast Suns in the 2012 season, but did play for them in the 2012 NAB Cup preseason competition and then with the reserve team in the North East Australian Football League.[5] He underwent groin surgery that prevented him from playing for the rest of the season.[6]

O'Meara made his debut in the opening round of the 2013 AFL season and was rewarded with the round 5 nomination for the 2013 AFL Rising Star after recording 25 disposals, five marks, four tackles and two goals in the forty-four point win against Greater Western Sydney.[7] He re-signed with the Suns for a further two seasons midway during the year.[8] After playing every game for the Suns during his stunning debut season, he was subsequently named the NAB AFL Rising Star for 2013.[9] Since making his debut in 2013, O'Meara didn't miss a game in 2013 and 2014, playing all possible 44 games during that period.

He had a horrible start to the 2015 season, he injured his knee in a NEAFL scratch match that required extensive surgery.[10] More surgery was required for his patella tendon that eventually resulted in him missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons through injury.[11]

2017–present: Move to Hawthorn[edit]

He requested a trade from Gold Coast in August 2016.[12] In September, he nominated Hawthorn as his preferred destination.[13] He was officially traded to Hawthorn in October.[14]


Statistics are correct to the end of 2016 season.[15]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2013 Gold Coast 1 22 16 11 231 245 476 97 111 0.7 0.5 10.5 11.1 21.6 4.4 5.0
2014 Gold Coast 1 22 11 7 268 204 472 77 142 0.5 0.3 12.2 9.3 21.4 3.5 6.4
2015 Gold Coast 1 0
2016 Gold Coast 1 0
Career 44 27 18 499 449 948 174 253 0.6 0.4 11.3 10.2 21.5 4.0 5.8

Honours and achievements[edit]


  1. ^ "Jaeger O'Meara". Hawthorn Football Club. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Notable Alumni". 
  3. ^ Clark, Jay (13 March 2014). "Country footy's baptism of fire for Gold Coast's young gems Jaeger O'Meara and Jack Martin". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Paton, Al; Windley, Matt (12 October 2011). "Gold Coast lands Jaeger O'Meara in deal with GWS". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Jaeger Master". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Smart, Nick (2 July 2012). "Suns' gun Jaeger O'Meara to go under knife". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Davidson, Ryan (30 April 2013). "Jaeger wows them early". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Davis, Greg (18 July 2013). "Jaeger O'Meara re-signs with Gold Coast Suns until at least the end of the 2016 AFL season". Fox Sports (Australia). News Corp Australia. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Brodie, Will (4 September 2013). "Jaeger O'Meara win Rising Star Award". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/afl/teams/gold-coast/jaeger-omeara-is-recovering-from-a-horrific-knee-injury-but-can-now-see-the-light/news-story/c32155b5e39344817627a0cba61c5885
  11. ^ http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/afl/teams/gold-coast/jaeger-omeara-to-have-season-ending-surgery/news-story/342eb3e4acebf2a5d2fc0736473780ea
  12. ^ Davis, Greg (25 August 2016). "Jaeger O'Meara requests trade from Gold Coast". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Cherny, Daniel (13 September 2016). "Gold Coast Suns Jaeger O'Meara chooses Hawthorn as destination club". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Peter (20 October 2016). "Hawks land star Sun Jaeger O'Meara in last-minute trade deal". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Jaeger O'Meara". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 

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