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Shane McGrath

Image DOB: 6 June 1919
Died: 1 November 1974

Debut: Round 5, 1940 against Collingwood at MCG
Last Game: Semi Final 1950 against Geelong at MCG

From: Boort

Number: 22 1940-1950

Honours:
Premiership Player - 1941, 1948
Grand Final team - 1946
Captain - 1950
150 Heroes selection
Victorian state representative - 8 times
Life Member - 1949
Hall of Fame - 2017

Games: 118
Goals: 3
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
8013767.79

Actually called John, but universally referred to as Shane, McGrath made the Melbourne list in 1939 but chose to stay in Boort instead. He debuted the next year with five games before a broken ankle suffered in a Seconds game ended his season. The next year he played as a premiership full back.

After the premiership victory McGrath enlisted with the army and served in New Guinea as part of the 15 Field Ambulance. He missed the next two full years before managing two games in 1944 while in Melbourne on leave. Service then kept him out of 1945 before he returned to the side for 20 games in the 1946 Grand Final season.

Full back in the Sporting Life "Team of the Year" of 1947, he received a tempting offer to captain/coach Corowa but stayed with Melbourne and was named full back of the year again in both 1948 and again in 1949, with his defensive partner Don Cordner alongside him in a back pocket. Made captain in 1950, he also captained Victoria that year before moving back to Boort and buying the Commercial Hotel. Despite speculation that he'd return in 1951, he was not moved and remained retired.

Despite missing time while service in the army McGrath is still regarded as one of the Demons best ever full-backs.

His brother Frank McGrath played two games for the Demons.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1940 500
1941 1804
1944 200
1946 2024
1947 17010
1948 2216
1949 1503
1950 1908

Lists
Family
Players who served during war

Media
The Argus - 14/03/1941
The Australasian - 24/06/1944
Sporting Globe - 17/03/1948
Sporting Globe - 14/03/1951
The Argus - 29/03/1951

Links
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Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Wednesday 28 March 2018 18:10:30 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 28)

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