Brolic Already Making His Mark

Whilst this is only Brolic’s first year with the Box Hill Hawks, his continuous hard work and determination has already seen him make his VFL debut.

In the win against the North Ballarat Roosters on Sunday, Brolic used his time as the side’s 23rd Man to show his toughness around a contest and willingness to put his body on the line.

“I felt it went pretty well on the weekend. It was definitely faster and harder but I enjoyed the step up and it was a really good experience. I think I played my role.”

Starting Auskick at the age of six, Brolic played his Junior football with St Simons Football Club before moving to Rowville Football Club for Senior football.

Brolic has also played for the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup, playing with fellow Box Hill player Liam Jeffs and Hawthorn’s Blake Hardwick.

“Because Box Hill is a new club for me this year, when I first arrived, having Liam around, it was nice to see a familiar face.”

“I also really liked playing with Blake last year and when he got drafted I was rapt for him, absolutely over the moon. It definitely gives me more motivation to see blokes that I played with at the Eastern Ranges get drafted to AFL clubs.”

Looking ahead, there is only one aim for Brolic for the remainder of the season. Managing five disposals, two marks and two tackles during his game on the weekend, Brolic is striving to be selected again in the Senior side.

“I really just want to be able to keep playing Senior footy. That’s the big goal for the year.”

In order to achieve this, Brolic says there are two sources of inspiration that he looks to.

“The biggest influence around the club for me is probably Sean Murphy (Head Fitness Coach). When I was at school in Year 11 and 12 and playing footy, Murph was the Strength and Conditioning Coach so I knew him before coming to Box Hill. He’s definitely had a major impact on how I go about my footy.”

“In terms of current AFL players and how they play the game, I look to someone like Luke Parker (Sydney Swans). He is an inside midfielder who just loves getting the ball, loves getting in and under packs and clearing the ball.”

However, when it comes to inspiration before a game, Brolic loves to listen to a music icon.

“I love listening to a bit of Bruce Springsteen. I grew up listening to it with my Dad in the car on the way to the Caribbean Gardens every Sunday. I love a bit of Working on a Dream and Thunder Road.”

A talented sportsman, Brolic’s passion also lies with another game.

“I still play cricket. As soon as footy finishes my focus switches straight to cricket, and then when cricket finishes it switches back to footy.”

“They’re very different games and I don’t think I really prefer one over the other.”

When not playing sport, Brolic is using his time to gain qualifications in a closely related field.

“I’m currently studying to become a personal trainer. I like it because it’s really active and I can transfer some of the things I’ve learnt from sport to my personal training course.”

“I also work for my Dad helping to put up metal framework and steel. However, it’s not what I prefer doing and my passion lies within the sports industry.”

As a new recruit to Box Hill, it has not taken long for Brolic to make his mark within the squad. We can’t wait to see how 2016 unfolds for Brolic.


Photo: Jenny Owens Photography

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