Brad Bootsma

Bradley Theodore "Brad" Bootsma (born 30 December 1972) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League. He played as a half-back flanker or midfielder. Bootsma was recruited from South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) and is the father of former AFL footballer Josh Bootsma.

Brad Bootsma
Personal information
Full name Bradley Theodore Bootsma
Date of birth (1972-12-30) 30 December 1972
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team(s) Cockburn
Debut Round 8, 1 May 2000, Fremantle
vs. Collingwood, at Telstra Dome
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994–2005 South Fremantle 162 (108)
2000–2001 Fremantle 023 00(7)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

The Dockers surprised many when they selected Bootsma with their only pick in the 2000 pre season draft (2nd overall).[1] Bootsma was recruited at the late age of 27, with the club handing over the number 40 jumper previously worn by Luke Toia, Jess Sinclair and rookie list player Darren Bolton. Bootsma was a hard working type of player.

After spending the first seven rounds of the 2000 season playing in the WAFL with South Fremantle, Bootsma was selected to make his debut in Round 8 against Collingwood at the Docklands Stadium in a rare (for AFL) Monday night game. A more than serviceable game saw Bootsma end up playing played 13 games in his debut season.

Bootsma played the first 10 games of 2001 and had more than 20 possessions in 5 of them. However, the tumultuous round 10 match against Richmond, Ben Allan's first as caretaker coach after Damian Drum was sacked, would be Bootsma's last, due initially to a knee injury and later he was unable to break into the team eager to rebuild for the future. He would remain on the Fremantle list for the 2002 season, but did not play another senior game. He retired from AFL football at the end of 2002.[2]

WAFL career

Bootsma gave great service to South Fremantle before and after his time at Fremantle. In 1997 he helped South to win the WAFL Premiership and he won the best and fairest award in 1999. On his return to South Fremantle in 2002 he was awarded the captaincy which he held until he retired from the WAFL before the start of the 2005 WAFL season.

GSFL (North Albany)

Working in Albany as a Football Development Officer, Bootsma joined the North Albany Football Club and played for the club until 2009 and remains in a coaching role.[3] He was an integral part of the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 premiership sides, winning the Alan Barnett Medal for the best on ground in 2008.[4] He has been coach of North Albany Football Club since 2007[5] and coached the club to premierships in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 the club made the Grand Final however lost to arch rivals Royals.


Bootsma's son Josh is also a footballer, and was drafted by the Carlton Football Club in the 2011 AFL Draft.,[6] before being sacked by the Blues over disciplinary issues in June 2014.


  1. "Pre-Season Draft". Archived from the original on 7 May 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  2. "2002 Retirements". Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  3. Newbold, Cameron (9 August 2011). "Football: Kangas coach praises youngsters". Albany Advertiser. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. "Bootsma the best in grand final". Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  5. "Albany Weekender – Early season start". 2007. Archived from the original on 10 August 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
  6. de Bolfo, Tony (24 November 2011). "Blues stocks get a Bootsma". Carlton Football Club. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
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