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Reuben Holland

Playing Career : 1910
Debut : Round 12, 1910 vs Melbourne
Carlton Player No. 240
Games : 2
Goals : 3
Last Game : Round 16, 1910 vs Essendon
Height : ?
Weight : ?
DOB : Born 1890


After playing one senior game for South Melbourne two years earlier, Reuben Holland arrived at Carlton Football Club in 1910, intent on having another tilt at VFL football.

Blues’ captain-coach, Fred ‘Pompey’ Elliott, gave Holland his first chance to impress in July of that year, by selecting him to play on a half-forward flank (alongside another debutante, Claude Cornish) in the team to face strugglers Melbourne. As expected, Carlton demolished the Redlegs by more than ten goals, but Elliott proved he was sometimes a difficult man to please. Holland and Cornish were both left out of the side to play South Melbourne the following week.

Reuben had to wait until the Round 16 match of the day against Essendon in late August to make his second appearance. This time, he lined up alongside Jim Marchbank and Alex ‘Bongo’ Lang at half-forward, as Carlton fell 8 points short of the Same Olds in one of the games of the year.

Carlton’s next opponent was to be Richmond in Round 17. Coach Elliott continued ringing the changes, and brought a remarkable four more first-gamers into the side to meet the Tigers. Holland was one of those who made way for the newcomers, and from then on he wasn’t able to force his way back into the team that went all the way to the Grand Final.

Collingwood beat Carlton by 14 points to claim the 1910 flag, and Reuben Holland’s name joined the list of former Blues.

Holland was born in Richmond, he passed away in 1944 aged 54.

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