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, Melbourne
Height/Weight 200cm / 108kg
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 professional Australian rules football player. Jolly has previously 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 the 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. Jolly has not missed an AFL game since, but 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 No. 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 moved on with his life. It was confirmed that Jolly will compete on the 9th Season of The Block. The series is named The Block:Glasshouse

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct as of 3 August 2010 (Round 18, 2010 season), Averages are in brackets.[8]
Season Team No. Games Disposals Kicks Handballs Marks Hitouts Goals Behinds
2001 Melbourne 41 4 10 (2.5) 5 (1.2) 5 (1.2) 2 (0.5) 14 (3.5) 0 (0.0) 1 (0.2)
2002 11 18 85 (4.7) 46 (2.6) 39 (2.2) 27 (1.5) 100 (5.6) 7 (0.4) 1 (0.1)
2003 19 138 (7.3) 72 (3.8) 66 (3.5) 47 (2.5) 260 (13.7) 4 (0.2) 0 (0.0)
2004 7 24 (3.4) 16 (2.3) 8 (1.1) 11 (1.6) 44 (6.3) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0)
2005 Sydney 16 24 185 (7.7) 110 (4.6) 75 (3.1) 64 (2.7) 442 (18.4) 10 (0.4) 4 (0.2)
2006 25 209 (8.4) 141 (5.7) 68 (2.7) 55 (2.2) 605 (24.2) 2 (0.1) 5 (0.2)
2007 23 227 (9.9) 162 (7.0) 65 (2.8) 95 (4.1) 458 (19.9) 16 (0.7) 7 (0.3)
2008 24 271 (11.3) 160 (6.7) 111 (4.6) 105 (4.4) 543 (22.6) 15 (0.6) 11 (0.5)
2009 22 261 (11.9) 134 (6.1) 127 (5.8) 92 (4.2) 682 (31.0) 16 (0.7) 12 (0.5)
2010 Collingwood 18 18 222 (12.3) 117 (6.5) 105 (5.8) 90 (5.0) 384 (21.3) 16 (0.9) 5 (0.3)
Totals 184 1632 (8.9) 963 (5.2) 669 (3.7) 588 (3.2) 3532 (19.2) 86 (0.5) 46 (0.3)

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. ^ "Darren Jolly statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 

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