In his eleventh AFL season after being drafted out of the Rebels program by Carlton as the 19th pick of the 2006 AFL National Draft, former Redan junior Shaun Grigg’s 192nd game of AFL football will occur in the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final.
Grigg spent three years in the Rebels system, starting with the Under 16’s in 2004, and after being “unlucky” to miss being drafted in his bottom-aged TAC Cup year according to Rebels Talent Manager Phil Partington, Grigg had a fantastic top-age year in 2006, being selected in the TAC Cup Team of the Year before eventually being drafted by Carlton.
“[Shaun] had an outstanding season as a 17 year old and was unlucky not to be drafted at the end of it”, Partington told therebels.com.au earlier today.
“I still remember his first game of the 2006 season where he kicked six goals against the Bendigo Pioneers to put himself back on the map of potentially being an AFL player”.
“He was a Vic Country representative [in 2006] and ticked all the boxes all the way through the Rebels program”.
Grigg played 43 games with Carlton, earning a NAB Rising Star nomination in 2008, before crossing to Richmond at the conclusion of the 2010 season where his career has taken a massive spike, twice winning the Kevin Bartlett Medal for placing 5th in Richmond’s best and fairest in both 2012 and 2016. In 2017 Grigg has played in all 24 of Richmond’s matches on his path to the MCG and his first AFL Grand Final this Saturday.
The rest of our Grand Final Rebels schedule for the week looks like this…
Tuesday – David Astbury
Wednesday – Brad Crouch
Thursday – Matt Crouch
Friday – Dan Butler
Grand Final Day – Daniel Rioli