DOB: 16 August 1964
Debut: Round 1, 1990 against North Melbourne at MCG
Last Game: Round 20, 1997 against West Coast at WACA
From: Port Adelaide, Selection #37, 1987 National Draft
Number: 29 (1990-1994), 4 (1995-1997)
South Australia state player - 1992, 1993
From a long line of accomplished footballers, with his father and grandfather both players in the South Australian league, Obst began his career in the South Australian amateur competition and represented the Australian Amateurs at the 1988 Bicentennial Carnival.
Drafted in 1987, Obst didn't travel to Victoria until 1990, but was a quality contributor in the midfield once he got there. Lucky to avoid lengthy injury, Obst was troubled by minor complaints throughout his career. Nevertheless he played 22 of 24 games in his first year and never less than 15 for a season. His 1991 campaign was delayed by a broken collarbone suffered in a practice match, not returning to the side until Round 11. At the end of that season he was handed a new three year contract.
Obst spent the 1995 pre-season in contract dispute with the club, who had offered him a deal heavily weighted on the number of games played. They were concerned that he would reinjure the knee that cost him seven games in 1994. He settled on a new one year deal with the club in early March after receiving increased financial terms. That year he was named in South Australia's initial State of Origin team for a game against Victoria but did not play in the game. When Port Adelaide failed to win entry to the AFL in 1996, Obst signed another two year deal.
In 1996, Obst finished third in the Best and Fairest, but after an ordinary 1997 season it became clear that it would be Obst's last year, and he was stranded on 149 career games after being suspended for two weeks for striking Peter Sumich in Round 20, 1997. He retired from AFL football after the 1997 season, returning to Port Adelaide in the SANFL and winning another premiership in 1999 before giving up the game for good.
In 1990 Obst was sued by ex-South Adelaide player Brenton Honor who made a $100,000 claim regarding an alleged strike in a reserves match the year before.
|Round 7, 1994||Striking||1 match|
|Round 2, 1996||Melee||Not Guilty|
|Round 3, 1997||Striking||1 match|
|Round 6, 1997||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 20, 1997||Striking||2 matches|
Age - 17/03/1991
Age - 10/01/1992
Age - 21/02/1995
Age - 02/03/1995
Age - 24/05/1995
Age - 29/10/1995