Ben Holland

Image DOB: 10 May 1977

MFC Debut: Round 1, 2004 against Hawthorn at MCG
Last Game: Round 22, 2008 against Richmond at MCG

From: North Adelaide/Fitzroy/Richmond - Trade for selection #21, 2003 Draft

Number: 4 (2004-2008)

Games: 66 (191 total)
Goals: 55 (179 total)
Career Statistics

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The brother of Hawthorn forward Nick was originally drafted by Fitzroy in 1994 but chose to stay in South Australia. The Lions traded him to Richmond at the end of 1995, and he debuted the next year.

Though used mostly as a forward he also spent some time in defence with the Tigers, most notably in the 2001 season when Richmond made a rare finals appearance. With his stocks at an all time high he was offered a significant contract to return to Adelaide and initially decided on the move before changing his mind and staying at Punt Road. The next year he was forced to undergo a knee reconstruction.

It later emerged that he had allegedly been promised inducements to stay at Richmond that hadn't been paid, and Holland took civil action against former Tigers president Clinton Casey. The two parties settled out of court in January 2009.

Traded to the Demons for selection 21 in the 2003 Draft (Alex Gilmour), it was initially expected that he would play as a defender.

Competing for space in the forward line with Neitz and Robertson, Holland move to the backline in his later years - most notably beating Anthony Rocca during the upset Queen's Birthday win in Round 11, 2007. Rocca got some measure of revenge later in the season when he fell heavily on Holland in the Round 20 rematch and broke his collarbone.

Retained on the list for a final year Holland struggled to get into the side and played a farewell game against his old team in Round 22, 2008 before retiring. He later played games for suburban sides Bonbeach, Balwyn and Boronia.

2004 21210
2005 17180
2006 1610
2007 10112
2008 200
Tribunal Record
Round 19, 2004 Striking Not Guilty
Round 10, 2005 Striking Reprimand
Round 7, 2007 Contact to the face Reprimand

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