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: 14 1985-1994

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

Games: 134
Goals: 57
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

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.

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 2000's.

Also wore number 57 in Reserves games during 1983.

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

Tribunal Record
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


"Grinter ousted for 8 matches" - Canberra Times 11/04/1989
"Grinter faces writ" - Canberra Times 09/07/1990
"Blast from the past" - aflplayers.com.au 03/03/2014

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