Cats VFL stalwart retires

Updated: January 14, 2016
Jack Hollmer has retired Picture: ARJ GIESE
Jack Hollmer has retired Picture: ARJ GIESE

Geelong VFL stalwart Jack Hollmer has called time on his career at the Cats. Picture: ARJ GIESE

CULT figure Jack Hollmer has called time on his Geelong VFL career.

The 30-year-old, who underwent a shoulder reconstruction late last year, finishes on 106 games, the Cats record since they joined the revamped VFL in 2000.

“He’s decided to finish up with the VFL, more so because of work commitments and where his body’s now at … it’s a pretty demanding league to be part of,” Cats VFL boss Troy Selwood said.

“He’s been a great servant of our club.

“Unfortunately he injured the shoulder in the pre-season last year, (and) carried it through, .

“But he’s decided to have a shoulder reconstruction, and we’ll help him with the rehab before he heads down to Port Fairy.”

Despite being with the Cats during a period that yielded two premierships (2007 and ’12) and another grand final appearance (2013), Hollmer missed out on being part of the glory.

In ’07, he was left out of the win over Coburg after Sam Hunt returned from injury, while in ’12 and ’13 he also missed out on playing in the lead-up finals.

“He’s played in some really good sides but has never been able to lace-up for a grand final, which is disappointing,” Selwood said.

“Even during the years I was part of it, he was a really important part of our 2012 and 2013 sides, and just due to AFL availability – (it) wasn’t anything going on with form, it was just the way the team balance looked – he was squeezed.

“He’s the guy who was there the whole way through the journey, made sure he never dropped his lip, and just carried on and kept showing up for pre-season every year.”

His best season was 2014 where he played 18 games and kicked 29 goals and finished inside the top 10 in the best and fairest.

Selwood says the Lorne product leaves with the respect of both his teammates – both VFL and AFL listed.

“A credit to Jack, he’s been extremely flexible with the roles that he’s played for us,” Selwood said.

“He’s never whinged about what type of role he’s had to perform, and he’s been really durable.

“He’s an infectious personality that not only the VFL boys love and being around, but our AFL boys have really warmed to.

“He’s got a lot of great mates up at AFL level and is always welcome back at the footy club.”

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