Toast Chris Grant - A Retrospectus

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Game #203 - Round 14, 1999 vs Sydney at SCG (4/7/1999)

One of our best, kicking 3.3 from 12k, 5hb in 22-point win over the Swans in which the Doggies came back from 40 points down at quarter time.

Grant was instrumental in the fightback at CHF, lifting in the second half as the focal point in the Dogs' forward line.

 

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Game #203 - Round 14, 1999 vs Sydney at SCG (4/7/1999)

One of our best, kicking 3.3 from 12k, 5hb in 22-point win over the Swans in which the Doggies came back from 40 points down at quarter time.

Grant was instrumental in the fightback at CHF, lifting in the second half as the focal point in the Dogs' forward line.
I was there at the SCG. Terrific win.

Was sitting among Swans members. Gave it to them.
 

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Game #202 - Round 13, 1999 vs Essendon at MCG (25/6/1999)

One of our best, kicking 3.3 from 14k, 12hb in 4-point loss to the Dons.


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Game #201 - Round 12, 1999 vs Fremantle at Princes Park (19/6/1999)

Kicked 1.2 from 12k, 3hb in 36-point win over the Dockers.

 

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Game #200 - Round 11, 1999 vs Hawthorn at Princes Park (13/6/1999)

One of our best, kicking 3.2 from 14k, 6hb in a draw against the Hawks in his milestone match.

Grant was well held by Mark Graham in the first half, but came good in a big way during the third term. He came alight in the third quarter with three goals and provided a focal point for the Dogs as they clawed their way back into the game.

Highlights including Turtle's three goals are available here:

 

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Game #199 - Round 10, 1999 vs Brisbane at the Gabba (5/6/1999)

Kicked 0.1 from 16k, 6hb in 22-point win against the Lions in the wet.

This game was notable for Tony Liberatore getting a three-week suspension for accidentally clawing Steven Lawrence's face.

 

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Game #199 - Round 10, 1999 vs Brisbane at the Gabba (5/6/1999)

Kicked 0.1 from 16k, 6hb in 22-point win against the Lions in the wet.

This game was notable for Tony Liberatore getting a three-week suspension for accidentally clawing Steven Lawrence's face.

I was there! We won the toss and kicked to the shallow end. (I think ;))
It poured non stop, but we sat in the front row of the second level and remained dry due to the rain drifting the other way. Great game.
 
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Game #199 - Round 10, 1999 vs Brisbane at the Gabba (5/6/1999)

Kicked 0.1 from 16k, 6hb in 22-point win against the Lions in the wet.

This game was notable for Tony Liberatore getting a three-week suspension for accidentally clawing Steven Lawrence's face.

Damien Barrett broke the scratching story. Hated him since then
 

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Game #198 - Round 9, 1999 vs Collingwood at MCG (21/5/1999)

13k, 8hb in 38-point win against the Pies on a Friday night.

Grant's game was highlighted by two missile-like passes for goals to Nathan Brown and James Cook in the third quarter.
 

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State of Origin 1999 - Victoria vs South Australia at MCG (29/5/1999)

One of Victoria's best, kicking 0.3 from 12k, 4hb in 54-point win over the Croweaters.

The Bulldogs boys (Grant, West, Johnson and Smith) carried the rest of the Vics to victory. Grant's wonderful groundlevel skills ensured the Vics weren't top heavy in the wet conditions and created many opportunities for his softer, more goal-hungry teammates like Lloyd and Harvey.

The full game is on youtube and worth a watch:

 

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Game #197 - Round 8, 1999 vs Melbourne at Princes Park (15/5/1999)

One of our best, kicking 1.2 from 17k, 4hb in 64-point win over the Dees. With 9 i50s, 7 clearances, 14CPs thrown in for good measure.

Although he hadn't kicked too many goals to this point of the season, and only kicked one for the day, Grant's goal late in the third quarter was a beauty. He snapped a high curling kick that just shaved in for six points, after the ball bounced to him at the back of the pack. Check it out along with the other highlights here courtesy of sackofballs :

 

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Game #196 - Round 7, 1999 vs Port Adelaide at Football Park (9/5/1999)

Kicked 1.0 from 10k, 4hb in 45-point win.

Highlights including Turtle's fluke goal are here:

 

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Game #195 - Round 6, 1999 vs WCE at Subiaco (1/5/1999)

Kicked 1.1 from 11k, 5hb in 72-point loss to the Eagles.

Highlights are here:

 

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Game #194 - Round 5, 1999 vs Richmond at MCG (23/4/1999)

Kicked 1.2 from 10k, 8hb in 62-point win over the Tigers.

Scott Wynd, Scott West and Chris Grant all dominated for the Bulldogs. Grant, in particular, delighted Bulldog fans. Out-of-sorts so far in the season, he turned things around through sheer hard work and persistence. He ran Darren Gaspar off his legs and although not quite back to his sure, one-touch handling, gave his side drive all night.

Many, many Bulldogs highlights from the game, including some lovely turtlework, are here courtesy of sackofballs :

 

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Game #193 - Round 4, 1999 vs St Kilda at Waverley Park (17/4/1999)

Kicked 2.1 from 10k, 5hb in 8-point loss to the Saints.

Although he had 15 disposals and snagged a couple of goals, Grant never threatened to win the match for the Bulldogs and Shane Wakelin was able to keep the champ in check.

This game is notable for being the last match the Bulldogs played at Waverley.

The last quarter can be viewed here:

 

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Game #192 - Round 3, 1999 vs Carlton at Princes Park (11/4/1999)

4k, 9hb in 2-point loss to the Blues.

As Rohan Connolly noted following the game:

If the Western Bulldogs have their backs to the wall, as coach Terry Wallace claimed after their two-point loss to Carlton on Sunday, it's key forward Chris Grant who is wearing most visibly the imprint of bricks and mortar. As the Dogs slumped to their second successive defeat, Grant shouldered much of the blame.


Held goalless and to 13 possessions by the Blues' Anthony Koutoufides, he struggled for touch, a dropped mark with the Bulldogs in attack one last time seeming to sum up his afternoon.

Grant has kicked only two goals for the Dogs in three games, and averaged only five marks, although he had 14 possessions in difficult, windy conditions in the first round at Football Park. In a high-scoring shootout against the Cats, Grant had 24 possessions, Wallace claiming he set up anything up to 10 goals for his team.


"Look, he had a poor day yesterday," said Terry Wallace. "I just didn't think there was enough space between them. Granty usually has an ability to lose his bloke, just with his athleticism, but he never really got rid of Kouta."


Grant said he was still adjusting to a slightly different forward structure. On Sunday, he was regularly left one-out with his man well up in the 50-metre zone.


"We haven't really been playing a full-forward, which might allow them to sit on a couple of key forwards more so than they'd normally be able to," Grant said. "We've got Craig Ellis and myself playing as talls and nobody else. Our structure has been different perhaps to what we normally have, and I've got to adjust to that, but I really didn't think my form warranted the attention, I suppose."


Wallace says Grant is starting to becoming a favorite whipping boy when the team as a whole is down. "I think a lot of this comes up with him because of our two preliminary final losses. The attitude is, if he's the star, he should do it."

Highlights from the game courtesy of@sackofballs are here:

 

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Game #191 - Round 2, 1999 vs Geelong at Princes Park (3/4/1999)

Kicked 1.1 from 10k, 12hb in 21-point loss to the Cats.

Things had looked rosy for the Bulldogs late in the third term when Nathan Brown, the 21-year-old bottle-blonde from Bendigo who starred in the previous week's win against Adelaide, kicked his seventh goal to put the Dogs eight points clear - and give them all the momentum. Brown raced on to the crumbs from a Chris Grant marking contest, collected the ball while running at top speed and then accelerated again to run unopposed into an open goal.

With his opponent Brad Sholl left floundering in the chase, Brown held the ball aloft with both hands in a flamboyant celebration before dribbling the ball through the goals. It was a fitting riposte to Sholl who had shunned Brown's handshake before the opening bounce and opted to give the youngster a solid welcoming bump instead.

But Sholl, and the Cats, had the last laugh: together they kicked 10 goals to the Dogs' five after Brown's exuberant display to seal a stirring victory.

 

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Game #190 - Round 1, 1999 vs Adelaide at Football Park (27/3/1999)

Kicked 1.2 from 7k, 6hb in 13-point win over the Crows.

Highlights including our man in action and Huddo in full flight can be found here courtesy of sackofballs :

 

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Game #189 - Preliminary Final 1998 vs Adelaide at MCG (19/9/1998)

Kicked 1.1 from 7k, 3hb in 68-point loss to Adelaide.

After a commanding performance the prior week, Granty had a dirty day (along with most of his teammates), only kicking a goal when the game was well over.

The Bulldogs managed to generate 28 scoring shots-- the problem was they allowed their opponent to have 41. Huddo did well to kick 5 goals.

I forced myself to re-watch this game, which you can do too (see link below).

Overall, 1998 was another excellent year for Turtle. He kicked 42 goals from 22 games, garnered 11 Brownlow votes and was All-Australian for the second year running.

 
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Game #188 - Qualifying Final 1998 vs West Coast at MCG (6/9/1998)

BOG, kicking 4.0 from 14k, 7hb in 70-point win over the Eagles.

Chris Grant floated across half-forward all day to kick four goals and dish out another three.

Grant had proven a handful for Ashley McIntosh in the first half. Then McIntosh had to leave Grant's side so that he could take over from Mitchell White on Simon Minton-Connell, who played the game of his career. Fraser Gehrig, Grant's second opponent, could not keep a lid on the star Bulldog and Grant exploded in the third quarter, as the Bulldogs went on to record their biggest ever win over the Eagles.

Somewhat surprisingly, no footage of this game seems to be on youtube, but then again even if it was the whankers at the AFL would probably get it removed eh sackofballs
 
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