Xavier O'Neill
Photo: aflphotos.com.au
DOB
3/8/2000
Height
185cm
Weight
80 kg
Junior club
Oakleigh Chargers/Blackburn JFC
Arrived
Pick 28 in the 2018 national draft
Number
Debut
Round 13 2020 vs GWS Giants
(253rd Eagles player)
Games
5
Goals
1
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
27th (2020)
Other clubs
Oakleigh (TAC Cup) 2018

Victorian midfielder Xavier O'Neill was a surprise first selection by the Eagles in the 2018 draft.

West Coast career[edit | edit source]

Having played TAC Cup for the Oakleigh Chargers but missed selection for Vic Metro,[1] O'Neill was a draft bolter after winning the kicking test at the draft combine. On being drafted, he was described as a speedy midfielder who could win a good balance of contested and uncontested possessions.

O'Neill began slowly in the Eagles' reserves, but built some strong form by the end of the 2019 season including a 24-possession game in the club's first finals win over West Perth. He eventually broke into the side late in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, playing five games in a 19-day period during the club's second Queensland hub stay.

Stats[edit | edit source]

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2019 0 WCE 18 4 5 143 35 104 247 71
2020 5 1 1 25 9 24 49 9 1 N/A
Tot 5 1 1 25 9 24 49 9 1
Avg 0.20 5.0 1.8 4.8 9.8 1.8 0.2

News[edit | edit source]

23/11/18: Eagles load up on midfielders

22/8/20: O'Neill to debut against Giants

12/10/20: Young quartet sign new deals

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Travis King, afl.com.au (26 November 2018), "Young Eagles with points to prove after getting their wings": http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-11-26/young-eagles-with-points-to-prove-after-getting-their-wings
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