Lorne has welcomed another son of club legend Dean Holroyd into senior side during the Dolphins’ Easter football win against Birregurra.
The reigning premiers enjoyed a runaway victory in the teams’ grand final rematch, prevailing 15.6 (96) to 10.7 (67) in front of a big crowd at Lorne’s Stribling Reserve.
Teenager Ryan Holroyd, forward-turned-defender Sam Parsons, key tall Will Saunders and utility Jarryd Nairn all came into the Dolphins’ line-up for the unavailable Joel Tipping, Lochie Donne, Fred Hannebery and Pahan “Pete” Galappathie.
Holroyd, who crossed from Geelong league club St Josephs, is the younger brother of Lorne premiership player Sean, who is in his third year at the coastal club.
Their father Dean “Ace” Holroyd was a champion goalkicker and three-time premiership player with Lorne.
Dolphins coach Jack Hollmer said Ryan had impressed in his first senior game for the club, following the first two weeks in the under-18s.
“Ryan came in for his first game and did really well, Ace came down and presented him with his jumper before the game,” he said.
“He’s pretty much identical to Sean; same body size, can play anywhere, and he’s got a good mark on him.”
Hollmer said Holroyd would not be available every week due to APS school football commitments with Geelong Grammar.
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