DOB: 6 November 1981
From: North Ballarat, Selection 31, 2000 Rookie Draft
Games: 48 (237 total)
Goals: 11 (122 total)
After establishing himself with the local VFL side after failing to make an impression with the TAC Cup Ballarat Rebels, Jolly was offered a spot on the Melbourne rookie list. Most would jump at the opportunity, but the young ruckman had second thoughts because of an apprenticeship in joinery that he was undertaking.
He had been recommended to Melbourne by Peter Somerville, his North Ballarat coach, who gave the tip to Danny Corcoran that Jolly was a player to watch out for.
Jolly was promoted to the senior list during the 2001 pre-season as a replacement for Daniel Breese who had suffered a serious knee injury, and despite failing to gain a possession in his debut match managed to play four of the first six games of the year before spending the rest of the season at Sandringham. He came on in leaps and bounds in 2002 as a back-up to Jeff White and put together another positive year in 2003 when he played a career high 19 games.
2004, though, was a disappointing year for Jolly. He injured his knee in round 3 and only returned for four games late in the season. Forever in the shadow of Jeff White, Jolly requested a trade at the end of the season and was swapped to Sydney for draft pick 15 which the Demons used to selected Lynden Dunn.
At the Swans he quickly became one of the premium big-men of the competition and at the end of his first season played in a Premiership victory. The end of his second year ended in another Grand Final, but this time the Swans were on the losing end to a West Coast Eagles side featuring Jolly's former Demon teammate Steven Armstrong. A dominant figure, in a June 2009 match, Jolly broke his own record for the most recorded hitouts in an AFL match with 53 but despite winning a multiple All-Australian honours he requesting a trade back to a Melbourne based club at the end of 2009.
Joining Collingwood, Jolly once again found himself in a Grand Final at the end of his first season with a new club. After kicking the opening goal of the first, drawn Grand Final, he played again in the second match and joined Martin Pike as the only player to win premierships at two other clubs after leaving the Demons.
|2002 Practice Match vs Sydney||Striking||2 matches|
Age - 08/08/2003