This weekend Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras Captain, Matt O’Hea, enters an elite group of SEABL players when he steps onto Hugh McMenamin Court against North West Tasmania to play in his 250th SEABL game.

From the small country town of Traralgon in Victoria, the 196cm shooting guard  got his first taste of SEABL action back in 2000 when he suited up for 22 games for the Nunawading Spectres, in what has been the beginning of a decorated basketball career to date. After six SEABL seasons playing for the Nunawading Spectres, O’Hea headed to the Melbourne Tigers for a career that spread across both Big V and the NBL.

O’Hea played in the NBL with the Melbourne Tigers during the successful 2006 – 2010 period amassing 64 NBL games and was a member of their 2006 and 2008 NBL Championship teams and 2007 NBL Runners-up team under the tutelage of Alan Westover. Matt picked up the Most Improved Player award in 2007 and Best Clubman award in 2010.

O’Hea also played for the Melbourne Tigers Big V side from 2007 through to 2009, winning back to back Championships in 2008 and 2009.

2010 marked two significant points in O’Hea’s career, the final year he played in the NBL as part of the main roster, and the year he joined old Spectres coach Grant Wallace at the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras. Matt has now ingrained himself at the Swinburne Cobras after obtaining the Club MVP Burns/Wheeler Medal in 2011, and was named Swinburne Cobras Captain on the back of his experience, great leadership qualities and on-court demeanour.

When asked about his upcoming milestone Matt said, “It’s such a great honour to reach this milestone; I’m really looking forward to it, especially playing the game with this group of guys and under Wally (Grant Wallace).”

Always thinking of the greater good, O’Hea added, “While it is going to be a big game for me personally, I don’t want to deter from the fact that it is also a big game for the team, with playoffs on the line.”

It is this team first attitude that has driven Matt O’Hea’s basketball career, and made him reach this milestone of 250 SEABL games as Captain of the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras. On behalf of all at Kilsyth Basketball we wish Matt all the very best for Saturday, and sincerely congratulate him on this outstanding achievement.

The Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras face the North West Tasmania Thunder on Hugh McMenamin Court this Saturday night 7 July, tip-off is at 8.15pm.

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