DOB: 26 May 1965
From: Katandra West
Number: 14 1985-1994
Statistical categories led:
Most weeks suspended (31)
Debuting in the senior side two years after playing in an Under 19's premiership side, Grinter was originally better known for being the man on the mark that Jim Stynes ran across in the 1987 Preliminary Final but soon became one of the league's most controversial hard men.
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 time he had been reported. 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.
Seemingly on his way out of senior football after just three games in 1992, Grinter's career was rejuvenated by a move into attack during 1993. He stayed on the list as a supplementary player, and reserves captain, in 1995 but didn't play a senior game.
At this point he is the most reported (11 times) and suspended (31 weeks) player in Melbourne history.
When he left Melbourne he 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.
|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|