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Brodie Holland
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Personal information
Birth 3 January 1980 (1980-01-03) (age 30)Glenorchy, Tasmania
Recruited from Tasmania U18
Height and weight 180cm / 80kg
Playing career¹
Debut Round 8, 16 May 1998, Fremantle. vs. Geelong, at Kardinia Park
Team(s) Fremantle (1998-2000)

36 games, 37 Goals

Collingwood (2001-2008)

118 games, 104 goals

¹ Statistics to end of 2007 season
Career highlights

Brodie Holland (born 3 January 1980) is a former professional Australian rules footballer best known for his playing days at the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Brodie Holland is also known for his media profile, particularly due to some notable on-field and off-field incidents involving him.

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Early Life

From Tasmania, Brodie was drafted to Fremantle in the 1997 AFL Draft at no.26 overall.

AFL Career

He made his debut mid-way through 1998 as a small-forward and played most games since making his first appearance. He spent a further 2 seasons at the Dockers before being traded to Collingwood in 2000. Holland quickly adapted as a good player with the Magpies and became a fan favourite in his first season, kicking 28 goals in 21 matches.

In 2002 he started off with a 3-goal haul against Richmond and then produced an 8-goal haul a week later against the West Coast Eagles, to be the leading goalkicker for the season after round 2. He then was quiet for the rest of the season. He injured his back, causing a month out of the game, but couldn't get back in the side until late season. He was dropped after round 22 and missed the Magpies first finals campaign since 1994, which included playing in the 2002 AFL Grand Final. 2003 saw him change to a tagging role in the midfield rather than the inconsistent goal-kicking small forward. He had a clash with Scott Camporeale of Carlton leaving him with a bloodied nose, while late in the year, he was suspended for punching Paul Williams of Sydney in the stomach. He missed the first final but managed to get back in for the Preliminary and Grand Final sides.

He continued as a tagging midfielder, despite some problems at the tribunal during years 2004 and 2005, and his good form bought him very close to winning the Copeland Trophy, coming second to James Clement in 2005.

While he could not retain his 2005 form, he continued to be a fan favourite in 2006, showing grit and determination to win the ball, highlighted in a match against the Geelong Football Club, in which he bravely laid a huge tackle on Geelong big man Cameron Mooney.

In the Elimination Final against the Western Bulldogs, Holland was suspended for 6 weeks for rough conduct against Brett Montgomery. Montgomery who was injured in the clash returned to the field and went on to kick 6 goals to lead the Bulldogs to an inspiring victory.

After playing just 1 game in 2008 due to injury, Holland was delisted by Collingwood. He was hopeful of continuing his career at another AFL club but was not picked up, he then retired.

Suburban Football

After being delisted by Collingwood he took up a suburban football in the Essendon District Football League with the Maribyrnong Park Football Club where he had become captain-coach, however he was banned after striking a young opponent from the Doutta Stars. Holland has been deregistered from the Essendon league when it was found that on a technicality, Holland isn't eligible to play in the league. The regulations of AFL Victoria, the sport's governing body, say that a player who has served more than 16 weeks' suspension in one competition cannot transfer to another. Holland was outed for more than 16 games in his long career at the top level with Fremantle and Collingwood. Despite not being able to play, he has been allowed to continue to coach if he chooses. [1]

Brodie appealed this decision and was allowed to continue as playing coach. On 13 Sep 2009 the Maribyrnong Park Lions won the EDFL A Grade Grand Final - Maribyrnong Park 102 def Greenvale 84.

Media Profile

In 2005, Holland participated in the Seven Network's television show Dancing with the Stars with dance partner Alana. Holland become a favourite on the show due to his athletic dance moves and handsome looks. Holland made it to the top four before being voted off the show.

In 2006, Holland appeared in several advertisements on television for a lottery advertisement along with the NRL's Matthew Johns. He also made a cameo appearance as himself in the soap opera Neighbours.

Holland also made several appearances as a panellist on the AFL Footy Show.

Personal Life

On 9 October 2008 Holland married Sarita Stella in Bali. They are expecting their first child, a girl, in May 2010.

On 25 May 2006, Holland, Stella and a friend, Brooke Hawken, appeared in court after being charged with assault following an altercation outside a popular nightclub in Melbourne on 2 December 2005. Magistrate Jelena Popovic adjourned the matter for a contested hearing, to begin on 2 October 2006.[2]

Holland later pled guilty to one count of recklessly causing injury to the woman, who the court heard Holland had grabbed from behind after she attempted to enter a taxi ahead of his friends. After the woman shrugged off his tackle, Holland punched her in the head.[3]

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