Darren Jolly

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Darren Jolly
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Personal information
Full name Darren Jolly
Date of birth (1981-11-06) 6 November 1981 (age 32)
Original team North Ballarat (VFL)
Draft #31, 2001 Rookie Draft
Height/Weight 200 cm / 108 kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2004
2005–2009
2010–2013
Total
Melbourne
Sydney
Collingwood
048 0(11)
118 0(59)
071 0(52)
237 (122)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Darren Jolly (born 6 November 1981) is a former Australian rules football player. Jolly played for the Melbourne Football Club, the Sydney Swans and the Collingwood Football Club. He is best known as being the ruckman in Sydney's 2005 premiership and Collingwood's 2010 premiership.

Junior career[edit]

Darren Jolly in action playing for Sydney

After player for the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup, Jolly spent a year playing for the North Ballarat Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) before being drafted by the Melbourne Football Club in the 2001 Rookie Draft.[1]

Melbourne[edit]

He played 48 games over four seasons for Melbourne, mainly as an understudy to Jeff White.[2]

Sydney[edit]

Darren Jolly (red and white) taps the ball to Adam Goodes (37) after beating Patrick Ryder in the ruck duel

The Demons traded Jolly to Sydney in 2004 for pick 15 in that year's national draft. Along with Jason Ball, in 2005 he was an integral part of Sydney's ruck division and after the retirement of Ball, assumed the number one ruck role at Sydney.

During his time at the Swans Jolly only missed two games, stemming from a suspension following an incident against his old club Melbourne. This run was cut in early 2011 due to an injury suffered in 2011 playing for Collingwood.

In the early hours of 29 September – one day before the Swans played in the 2006 AFL Grand Final – Jolly's wife Deanne gave birth to the couple's first child, Scarlett, which brought relief to coach Paul Roos, as Jolly had said he would not play in the Grand Final if his wife was to give birth on the day of the game.[3]

Collingwood[edit]

At the end of the 2009 season, Jolly requested a trade be done so he could return to his native Victoria with his family.[4] Many clubs expressed initial interest in securing the senior ruckman, with Collingwood securing a trade in exchange for picks number 14 and 46 in the 2009 AFL Draft.[5] Jolly immediately became Collingwood's number one ruckman, and in 2010 was named in the 40-man All-Australian team squad, but did not make the final team.[6]

Jolly's first two seasons at Collingwood mirrored his first two seasons with the Swans: he was part of Collingwood's premiership team in 2010, then part of its losing Grand Final team in 2011. Jolly played his 200th AFL game in round 19, 2011.

On 9 September 2013, he was delisted by the Magpies.[7]

Personal life[edit]

After being delisted by the Magpies, Jolly competed in the ninth season of The Block, a reality television series that follows couples as they compete to renovate a house.[8]

Statistics[edit]

[9]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Jolly won an AFL Premiership
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after Finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2001 Melbourne 41 4 0 1 5 5 10 2 2 0.0 0.3 1.3 1.3 2.5 0.5 0.5
2002 Melbourne 11 18 7 1 46 39 85 27 16 0.4 0.1 2.6 2.2 4.7 1.5 0.9
2003 Melbourne 11 19 4 0 72 66 138 47 24 0.2 0.0 3.8 3.5 7.3 2.5 1.3
2004 Melbourne 11 7 0 0 16 8 24 11 5 0.0 0.0 2.3 1.1 3.4 1.6 0.7
2005 Sydney 16 24 10 4 110 75 185 64 42 0.4 0.2 4.6 3.1 7.7 2.7 1.8
2006 Sydney 16 25 2 5 141 68 209 55 46 0.1 0.2 5.6 2.7 8.4 2.2 1.8
2007 Sydney 16 23 16 7 162 65 227 95 46 0.7 0.3 7.0 2.8 9.9 4.1 2.0
2008 Sydney 16 24 15 11 160 111 271 105 47 0.6 0.5 6.7 4.6 11.3 4.4 2.0
2009 Sydney 16 22 16 12 134 127 261 92 61 0.7 0.5 6.1 5.8 11.9 4.2 2.8
2010 Collingwood 18 26 24 10 172 155 327 131 58 0.9 0.4 6.6 6.0 12.6 5.0 2.2
2011 Collingwood 18 16 12 4 74 100 174 51 60 0.8 0.3 4.6 6.3 10.9 3.2 3.8
2012 Collingwood 18 20 12 4 94 124 218 58 72 0.6 0.2 4.7 6.2 10.9 2.9 3.6
2013 Collingwood 18 9 4 4 48 58 106 40 32 0.4 0.4 5.3 6.4 11.8 4.4 3.6
Career 237 122 63 1234 1001 2235 778 511 0.5 0.3 5.2 4.2 9.4 3.3 2.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 332. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  2. ^ Lovett, Michael, ed. (2005). AFL Record 2005 Guide to Season. p. 279. ISBN 0-9580300-6-5. 
  3. ^ Grant, Robert; Cooper, Adam (September 29, 2006). "Jolly good news for Swans". Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  4. ^ Denham, Greg (5 October 2009). "Darren Jolly set for shock switch to Magpies". The Australian. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  5. ^ Broad, Ben (8 October 2009). "Jolly Pie-bound with two-pick deal". AFL.com.au. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  6. ^ Cats dominate All-Australian squad
  7. ^ Magpies tell Jolly his time is up
  8. ^ Epstein, Jackie (12 April 2014). "Former Collingwood and Sydney player Darren Jolly to join The Block". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Darren Jolly's player profile at AFL Tables

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