DOB: 6 November 1981
From: Ballarat Rebels/North Ballarat, Selection #31, 2000 Rookie Draft
Games: 48 (237 total)
Goals: 11 (122 total)
After failing to make an impression with the Ballarat Under 18 side, Jolly established himself at senior level with the North Ballarat VFL side. Offered a spot on Melbourne's rookie list after North Ballarat coach Peter Somerville tipped off Danny Corcoran that he was a player to watch. Jolly was initially hesitant as he was in the middle of an apprenticeship in joinery but chose to take the opportunity.
Jolly was promoted to the senior list during the 2001 pre-season as a replacement for knee injury victim Daniel Breese, and despite failing to gain a possession in his debut match he played four of the first six games of the year before spending the rest of the season at Sandringham. Jolly developed further in 2002 as a backup to Jeff White, and played another 19 games in 2003.
2004 was a disappointing season, injuring his knee in Round 3 and only returning for four games late in the season. Forever in the shadow of White, Jolly requested a trade at the end of the season. He was swapped to Sydney for draft pick #15, which Melbourne used to select Lynden Dunn.
At Sydney, Jolly soon became one of the premium big-men of the competition, playing in a premiership at the end of his first season with the Swans. After winning multiple All Australian honours he requested a trade back to a Victorian based club at the end of 2009. Finding himself at Collingwood, Jolly again ended his first season at a new club as a premiership player. He joined Martin Pike as the only player to win two premierships at other clubs after leaving Melbourne.
|2002 Practice Match vs Sydney||Striking||2 matches|
Age - 08/08/2003