Rod Grinter

Image DOB: 26 May 1965

Debut: Round 2, 1985 against Hawthorn at Princes Park
Last Game: Round 16, 1994 against Geelong at Kardinia Park

From: Katandra West

Number: 57 (1983 Reserves), 14 1985-1994

Best First Year Player - 1985
Grand Final team - 1988
Under 19s Premiership player - 1983
Reserves Best and Fairest - 1992
Reserves captain - 1995
Life Member - 1994
150 Heroes selection

Games: 134
Goals: 57
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Statistical categories led:
Most weeks suspended (31)

Debuted in the senior side two years after playing in an Under 19s premiership side, Grinter showed an early flair for goalkicking with five in his third game, but soon became better known as one of the league's most controversial hard men.

After 11 games in his first two seasons he became a regular with 18 in 1987 but missing five games through the first two suspensions of his career. At the end of that season he was the man on the mark that Jim Stynes ran across in the Preliminary Final.

In 1988 he was suspended for six weeks after a behind the play incident where he allegedly struck Terry Wallace with a forearm. It was the first case ever to be referred to trial by video, and the fourth report of Grinter's career. In 1990 he and the Melbourne Football Club were sued for the incident.

In 1989 he was suspended for five matches with three suspended for striking an Essendon opponent and he would be outed three more times through 1992. His last two suspensions cost him 13 matches combined. With his career in jeopardy Grinter switched to attack and found a new lease of life, kicking a career best 21 goals in 1993. It was his first serious stint in the forward line since a surprise bag of four in the 1990 Semi Final loss to West Coast.

He struggled for opportunities in 1994 and only played nine games, and remained with the club as a supplementary player, and captain of the Reserves in 1995.

After leaving Melbourne, Grinter captain-coached New Norfolk is Tasmania between 1996 and 1998, but when he announced he would leave at the end of his final season he was promptly dismissed on the spot. He returned to Katandra West and in a playing capacity helped the side win their first premiership in six years.

In 1999 Grinter joined East Burwood in the Eastern Football League, winning a premiership under future St Kilda coach Alan Richardson in 1999 and served as Melbourne's runner in the early 2000s.

He was later vice president of the Past Players association.

1985 11130
1986 1192
1987 1822
1988 1900
1989 1940
1990 1350
1991 1610
1992 300
1993 15210
1994 920


Round 19 1983 Under 19s Striking Unknown
Round 21, 1986 Reserves Striking Unknown
Round 5, 1987 Striking Not Guilty
Round 10, 1987 Striking 2 matches
Round 21, 1987 Striking 3 matches
Round 2, 1988 Striking 6 matches
Round 22, 1988 Striking Not Guilty
Round 2, 1989 Striking 5 matches
Round 8, 1990 Striking 2 matches
Round 8, 1990 Striking 7 matches
Round 11, 1992 Striking 6 matches
1993 Practice Match Striking Not Guilty
Round 1, 1994 Striking Not Guilty


Canberra Times - 11/04/1989
Canberra Times - 09/07/1990
Age - 11/06/1995
Age - 01/11/1995
aflplayers.com.au - 03/03/2014

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