Ben Holland

Date of Birth: 10/05/1977
Height: 198 cm
Weight: 100 kg
Guernsey: 16
Debut: 13/04/1996, Round 3, Brisbane Bears
Last Game: 24/08/2003, Round 21, Port Adelaide

Seasons: 1996-2003
Total Games: 125
Total Goals: 124

Ben Holland a brother of former Hawthorn player Nick Holland was originally from North Adelaide and was drafted by Fitzroy with pick 19 overall in the 1994 AFL National Draft. Ben decided not to join Fitzroy in 1995 and stayed with North Adelaide. Ben was traded by Fitzroy to Richmond at the end of 1995 in exchange for Richmond’s pick 16 and pick 32 in the 1995 AFL National Draft. Fitzroy used pick 16 to draft Shane Clayton and pick 32 to draft Nigel Credlin in the 1995 AFL National Draft. There was a considerable movement of players between Richmond and Fitzroy a couple of years before with Jeff Hogg ( Richmond captain 1993 ) traded by Richmond to Fitzroy along with Richmond’s pick 6 in the 1993 AFL National Draft , Fitzroy using pick 6 to draft Trent Cummings in the 1993 AFL National Draft. Fitzroy traded Paul Broderick , Matthew Dundas , Michael Gale and
Fitzroy’s pick 26 in the 1993 AFL National Draft to Richmond who used pick 26 to draft Stephen Jurica in the 1993 AFL National Draft, and Jamie Elliott was drafted by Richmond in the 1994 AFL Pre-season
Draft after being successful in an AFL Disputes Tribunal hearing involving Fitzroy and Richmond.

Ben Holland mainly a forward and part time ruck played his first senior game with Richmond in Round 3 , 1996 against the Brisbane Bears. After playing 11 senior games in 1996 Ben established himself as a regular senior player finishing equal 4 th in the club’s 1999 Best and Fairest and 6 th in the club’s 2001 Best and Fairest . Ben’s best year was probably 2001 when having moved to the backline he played every game for the season for the third consecutive year and was part of the Tigers finals campaign which finished with a Preliminary Final loss to the Brisbane Lions . Ben in early 2002 suffered a major injury which needed a full knee reconstruction and prevented his return to the senior team till Round 13, 2003 . Ben was very popular with his teammates and was greatly respected throughout the AFL industry. At the end of 2003 Richmond traded Ben to Melbourne in exchange for Melbourne’s pick 21 in the 2003 AFL National Draft. Richmond used pick 21 to draft Alex Gilmour in the 2003 AFL National Draft.

Ben played 66 games with Melbourne and retired from AFL football at the end of 2008.
In 2008 Ben Holland supporting a claim that he had not allegedly been paid for some promised inducements in his time playing for Richmond took civil action against Richmond and former President Clinton Casey. The parties eventually reached a confidential out of court settlement in early 2009.

North Adelaide ; Fitzroy. Joined Richmond as traded player from Fitzroy for Richmond draft selection 16 ( Shane Clayton ) and draft selection 32 ( Nigel Credlin ).

Melbourne 2004-08, Games 66, Goals 55.