Born December 30 1972.
Recruited from South Fremantle 2000.
Played his first game against Collingwood in round eight at Telstra stadium.
At Fremantle 2000 to 2001.He played only 23 games.
Brad, age27, was a surprise recruit to Fremantle in 2000. His vast experience at South Fremantle led to his recruitment. Experience is what was needed at Fremantle at that stage and long kicking, hard working midfielder was what Fremantle wanted at the time.
He played his first game against Collingwood at Telstra Stadium in round eight the year of his recruitment. He had an impact immediately, being amongst the best players on several occasions. He played 13 games in his first year.
In 2001, he played the first ten games and was amongst the best players early. Best in three of the first ten games. On five occasions he gathered 20 plus possessions. Sadly a knee injury cut short his season, and eventually his AFL career.
He remained on Fremantle’s list in 2002 but could not break back into the team. He retired from AFL football at season’s end.
The day he was injured was the day that Ben Allen took over as coach of the club after the sensational sacking of Damian Drum. Drum was in Melbourne at the time and the news of his sacking was broken to him by a reporter from the West Australian.
My take on Brad Bootsma.
I had watched Brad play at South Fremantle and was impressed with his game.
A ball gatherer, who had good skills and a good football brain.
He was one of the first mature aged recruits to be taken by any club at AFL level.
He was not afraid to back himself when he had possession of the ball. A good player both inside and out who gave the team some experience.
I am sure had he not injured his knee, he would have played many more games for the Imperial Purple.
Brad’s history at South Fremantle both before, during and after his time at Fremantle was very good.
His resume is a very good one.
Recruited to South’s from Cockburn.
Played at South’s from 1994 to 2005, with his stint at Fremantle in the middle.
He played 162 games in the Red and White, giving him live membership of the club.
He represented the state and was also captain of the side.
He was also a member of the 1997 premiership side.
Another honour was that he skippered the South’s side from 2002 until 2005.
Probably his highest individual honours winning South’s Best and Fairest two years in a row, 1998 and 1999.
After leaving South’s, he Coached North Albany to consecutive premierships in 2007 and 2008.
A player of some stature in three competitions.
Well played Brad Bootsma.
29 = 353.
Improver one,Taylin Duman.
Improver two, Brett Bewley.
Smokey, Tobe Watson.