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Key Facts

Full name
Nicholas John Holland

Known as
Nick Holland

29 July 1974 (age 49)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 253d
Last game: 30y 311d

Height and weight
Height: 195 cm
Weight: 102 kg

Senior clubs
North Adelaide; Hawthorn; Australia

Jumper numbers
Hawthorn: 2

Recruited from
North Adelaide (1994)

Family links
Ben Holland (Brother)

Nick Holland

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North AdelaideSANFL199219140.74
Total1992, 1994-20052012531.26

AFL: 10,483rd player to appear, 867th most games played, 296th most goals kickedHawthorn: 749th player to appear, 50th most games played, 21st most goals kicked

After 19 games with North Adelaide in 1992 Nick Holland was drafted by Hawthorn where he made his senior AFL debut in 1994 and became a regular the following season, when he won the prestigious Norwich Rising Star Award as the league's best rookie. Strong overhead and extremely courageous, he could perform with equal effectiveness at both ends of the ground.

Had it not been for his often wayward and sometimes genuinely atrocious kicking, Holland would undoubtedly have been regarded as a bona fide superstar. As it was, he fell a little way short of champion status, but was still an outstanding performer for the Hawks in 179 games over 12 seasons during which he kicked 239 goals. His best season came in 2000 when he topped Hawthorn's goal kicking list with 51 goals (having previously achieved the feat, albeit with just 29 goals, three years earlier); Holland also tied with Daniel Chick for the club's 2000 best and fairest award.

Author - John Devaney


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