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Football Athlete – Brodie Holland
Brodie Holland was born on 3 January 1980.
An underrated player whose value is often overlooked, the midfielder enjoyed his best AFL season, finishing fifth in the best and fairest. Used mostly as a run-with player who still wins his share of the ball, he was also an offensive option, six times contributing two goals. Gathered career-high match numbers of disposals (29), handballs (15) and tackles (6) in 2004, indicating a better work rate and fitness level.
A tough, disciplined player, Brodie Holland has reinvented himself from an opportunistic forward into an effective tagger.
Drafted as a 17-year-old in the 1997 National Draft by Fremantle, Brodie didn’t waste any time to impress the Dockers’ hierarchy, showing maturity rarely found at such a young age.
After serving his apprenticeship at Fremantle, Brodie was traded to Collingwood at the end of 2000, the Magpies desperate to inject some quality into their midfield.
Initially, Brodie has made an impression at Victoria Park, playing mainly as a dangerous goal sneak. However, opportunities became limited in the powerful Collingwood line up and Brodie changed his game to become a defensive midfielder.
The change reaped its reward as Holland played an important part in helping Collingwood reach its second consecutive Grand Final.
Unfortunately, the Magpies suffered a heavy loss at the hands of one of the AFL’s greatest teams in Brisbane, tarnishing an otherwise good season.
Holland gave the Magpies excellent service in 2004 and registered his 100 th AFL game. Many more quality performances look like coming from Brodie in coming seasons.