O’Hea, a Nunawading junior spent a number of seasons playing with the Melbourne Tigers in the NBL.  He was awarded the Tigers Most Improved Player for the 2006/2007 season and  2009/10 NBL Season played in 19 games.

2010 left O’Hea with some unfinished business and he is keen to return to Kilsyth “I really enjoyed my time at the Club last season with a great group of guys. I feel as though we had a group that could have gone a bit further but for whatever reason things didn’t work out for us come finals time.”

Kilsyth suffered a two point loss to Bendigo and a one point loss on the buzzer to Knox in the Preliminary Final in what O’Hea described as a tough way to go out.                                    

“The loss to Knox was tough on everyone, it took me a while to come to terms with it, they hit some unbelievably tough shots down the stretch, but we were in a position earlier in the game to put them away and failed to do so. I’m determined not to let that happen again.”

O’Hea is looking forward to a move back to his natural shooting guard position in 2011 after running the point for the Swinburne Cobras in 2010. “I’m going to be far more aggressive offensively. I enjoyed the challenge of being the point guard last season but can’t wait to get back on the wing and get a few more shots up,” he proclaimed.

Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras Head Coach Grant Wallace is pleased to have secured the experience O’Hea again in 2011. “With the retirement of DJ Taylor it was important that we secured Matt O’Hea to continue the quality leadership for our younger group and our Club.”

“Matt in an exceptional basketball player who can score at any time and most importantly is the highest calibre person.  He understands the game better than any other and was brilliant for us in 2010.” 

With the announcement of a new point guard planned for the coming weeks Wallace is looking forward to playing O’Hea in the two-guard in 2011. “With a quality point guard to get him the ball in the right spot we feel very good about Matt’s scoring ability and lead the Swinburne Cobras to a better 2011!

O’Hea is the Swinburne Kilsyth Cobras first player signing announcement for the 2011 Season.  It is anticipated that further announcements on the 2011 Roster will be made over the coming weeks.

Season Memberships and player sponsorships for 2011 will be available in early 2011. Visit www.cobras.net.au for more details.