Toast Chris Grant - A Retrospectus

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Game #91 – Round 17, 1994 vs Geelong at Western Oval (16/7/1994)

Kicked 3.4 from 8k, 2hb in 28-point win over the Cats.

Turtle had a good tussle with Stephen O'Reilly all day.

This game was notable for Doug Hawkins breaking Ted Whitten's games record at the Bulldogs (321). Granty would go on to break Doug's record and then Johnno would break Granty's record.

Luckily the 1994 AFL season is well-documented on YouTube:

 

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Game #91 – Round 17, 1994 vs Geelong at Western Oval (16/7/1994)

Kicked 3.4 from 8k, 2hb in 28-point win over the Cats.

Turtle had a good tussle with Stephen O'Reilly all day.

This game was notable for Doug Hawkins breaking Ted Whitten's games record at the Bulldogs (321). Granty would go on to break Doug's record and then Johnno would break Granty's record.

Luckily the 1994 AFL season is well-documented on YouTube:

Awesome day with Dougs record and a great win
 

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Game #90 – Round 16, 1994 vs Richmond at MCG (9/7/1994)

One of our best, kicking 3.2 from 15k, 3hb in 3-point loss to the Tigers.

Turtle had a good tussle with Richmond maniac Scott Turner all day.

Choose from watching the exciting final minutes or the full match with a Fox Footy recall on YouTube:


 

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Game #89 – Round 14, 1994 vs Fitzroy at Western Oval (25/6/1994)

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, kicking 6.4 from 18k, 4hb in 104-point win over the Lions, collecting 3 Brownlow votes.

Following the Dogs' big loss to Hawthorn in round 11, Grant then kicked five goals (in the 32-point win over Essendon), six (in the 74-point drubbing of Sydney) and six again against the Roys. Since settling at full-forward alongside resting ruckmen Ilija Grgic or Scott Wynd, his kicking improved, he led well into the corridor, and he was marking strongly and surely. Much of the difference, Turtle said, was in the delivery from his teammates.

 

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Game #88 – Round 13, 1994 vs Sydney at Western Oval (19/6/1994)

One of our best, kicking 6.2 from 16k, 2hb in 74-point win over the Swans, collecting 1 Brownlow vote.

Footscray was far superior, especially in the second half.The best example of Footscray's dominance of the third term was that Sydney took five marks for the quarter, the same number as Bulldog full-forward Chris Grant.

Granty seemed to have found his niche at full-forward, finishing with six goals, probably not a true reflection on his 11 marks and 16 kick performance.

Highlights from this match kick off from around the 28:00 minute mark:

 

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Game #87 – Round 12, 1994 vs Essendon at Waverley Park (13/6/1994)

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, kicking 5.2 from 14k, 5hb in 28-point win over the Bombers, collecting 2 Brownlow votes. This was a Queens Birthday classic that even the old dear herself would have enjoyed.

In this game, Granty took a giant leap towards fulfilling his potential, kicking four matchwinning goals in the third quarter and five for the game.

This game was also notable for Tim Watson being reported for striking Bulldogs's ball-player Tony Liberatore. The incident led to a heated half-time melee. Watson was later cleared by the tribunal thanks to Libba's evidence.

A very enjoyable watch:

 

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Game #86 – Round 11, 1994 vs Hawthorn at Waverley Park (5/6/1994)

One of our best, kicking 3.2 from 10k, 3hb in 64-point loss to the Hawks.

The Age made a strange comment after the game: "Chris Grant remains an outstanding flanker, not a key-position forward."

An injured Jason Dunstall kicked his usual 10 goals against the Doggies.

Highlights for this game can be viewed around the 22:30 mark:

 

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Game #85 – Round 10, 1994 vs Carlton at Princes Park (28/5/1994)

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The Bulldogs, after kicking into a stiff wind in the opening quarter, trailed by just nine points at the break but then made a horrible mess of things when they booted 2.9 with the breeze in the second quarter. The talented, but erratic Chris Grant was the chief offender while rookie Daniel Hargraves, after snaring one with his first kick in league football, also went wide of the mark.

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Game #84 – Round 9, 1994 vs West Coast at Western Oval (21/5/1994)

Kicked 0.1 from 7k, 5hb in 31-point loss to the Eagles.

In a match with sure hands, impeccable judgment and a little guesswork at a premium due to the howling wind, Glen Jakovich had the better of
Chris Grant in a dirty day for the aerialists.

Why not check out the Doggies winning the 1994 AFL Reserves Grand Final:

 

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Game #83 – Round 8, 1994 vs Melbourne at MCG (15/5/1994)

Kicked 2.0 from 11k, 4hb in three-point win over the Dees.

In the first half, Melbourne overwhelmed Footscray with a king-size forward line of Garry Lyon, Jim Stynes, David Schwarz and David Neitz, gambling successfully on leaving Chris Grant to the inexperienced Paul Prymke. Lyon had four goals by half-time, Schwarz was plucking marks as if they were apples, and it needed Grant's goal on the run, inspiration through desperation, to contain the margin to 22 points. Alan Joyce made some adjustments and by three-quarter-time Ilija Grgic had kicked six goals and Neitz had retreated to centre half-back to guard Grant.

You can watch the thrilling final quarter courtesy of Rhett Bartlett:

 

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Game #82 – Round 7, 1994 vs Brisbane at Western Oval (8/5/1994)

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Chris Grant was exhilarating in the second half. Turtle never lacked endeavour and his sudden impact was extraordinary. In the third quarter he pulled down six marks, gathered 11 possessions and finally corrected his mystifyingly innaccurate kicking to score one of three Footscray goals. Martin Leslie was banished, Craig Starcevich too, Richard Champion lasted but 15 minutes in the final term until Matthew Kennedy took a turn at trying to curb him.

Highlights in full Ilija-vision are at the 15-min mark:

 
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State of Origin 1994 - Victoria vs South Australia at Football Park (3/5/1994)

Kicked 0.1 from 10k, 7hb in 2-point loss to the Croweaters.

The early injury to skipper Garry Lyon forced Victoria to rotate a string of players through centre half-forward. Chris Grant, Mil Hanna and David Neitz were all tried, but with little success.

Regarded as one of the greatest games of Aussie rules ever played:

 

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Game #81 – Round 5, 1994 vs Adelaide at Football Park (24/4/1994)

Kicked 3.0 from 10k, 2hb in 17-point win over the Crows.

Granty, along with Alan Thorpe and Richard Osborne, provided headaches for the Crows all day.

In the words of Doug Hawkins: "I missed that game. It was the only game I missed all year, and it was in Adelaide. It would have been lovely to be over there, watching about 20- or 30,000 crow-eaters walking off halfway through the last quarter. What a great feeling."

'Twas the day of Danny Southern's first goal in the AFL:


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Game #80 – Round 4, 1994 vs North Melbourne at Western Oval (16/4/1994)

One of our best, kicking 3.5 from 10k, 2hb in 13-point loss to the Kangaroos.

Granty was the Bulldogs' most productive forward, with his second-quarter snap from the boundary one of the highlights of the day.

'Twas the day of Jason Watts' first goal in the AFL:


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Game #79 – Round 3, 1994 vs Collingwood at MCG (10/4/1994)

Our best, kicking 2.2 from 14k, 3hb in one-point loss against the Pies.

This was an agonising defeat in Alan Joyce's first game as coach of the club, having replaced Terry Wheeler mid-week after an 88-point loss to Geelong in Round 2.

As the tension mounted in the final minutes, Danny Del-Re missed his shot at goal, having ignored an unattended and exasperated Chris Grant in the goal square.

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Game #78 – Round 2, 1994 vs Geelong at Kardinia Park (4/4/1994)

Kicked 1.0 from 5k, 2hb in 88-point loss to the Cats, in a performance that cost coach Terry Wheeler his job.

The Bulldogs relied heavily on Grant and midfielder Simon Atkins and it was no coincidence that they were off the boil against Geelong. Grant struggled between full-forward and centre half-forward, and Atkins wound up on the bench.

Ironically the Bulldogs were threatened by Wheeler with a number of changes in the week ahead.

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Ouch. Up the bulldogs.
 

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Game #77 – Round 1, 1994 vs Richmond at Western Oval (26/3/1994)

One of our best, kicking 4.5 from 11k, 3hb, collecting two Brownlow votes in two-point win over the Tigers.

Playing at full-forward, Granty kicked three opportunistic goals in the first quarter and his height and mobility proved too much for opponent Duncan Kellaway.

The combination of Turtle and Crofty (5 goals) exposed flaws in the Richmond defence.

Highlights can be viewed from the 3-minute mark:

 

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Game #76 – Round 22, 1993 vs North Melbourne at Western Oval (26/3/1994)

One of our best, kicking 4.2 from 9k, 4hb in 12-point win over the Kangaroos.

The 3rd-placed Roos got stage-fright on Finals eve and lowered their colours to the Bulldogs’ mix of old-timers (Hawkins and Toohey), P-platers (Nicholson, Thorpe, Quill, Darcy, Barrow and West) and the usual Western Oval suspects (Grant, Wynd and Liberatore).

In the opposite key positions, Darren Crocker found Turtle no easier task than Barry Standfield did Wayne Carey. The exciting young Bulldog (Grant not Standfield) put a disappointing season behind him to finish with one of his best displays of the year, though he took one quarter to really find his feet.

Footscray built its win on a blistering second quarter when it added 10.4, including three goals each from Grant, Ilija Grgic and Ben Sexton.

Also Granty was later cleared by the tribunal of allegedly striking North’s Alistair Clarkson in this game.

There is something about winning in the last round of a disappointing season. The entire game is on YouTube:



Grant’s year

Illness and injury saw Grant miss the start of the 1993 season, but he went on to have a solid if unspectacular year (before again displaying his sublime talent in 1994).

He kicked 33.22 from 17 games, without polling a Brownlow vote.

This was also the last year that Turtle wore #29, being handed the vaunted #3 in the off-season.

Bulldogs’ year

1993 was a generally disappointing year for the Bulldogs, who fell to 9th on the ladder after finishing second at the end of the H&A and losing a prelim in 1992. Footscray finished one game out of the top 6 with 11 wins, 9 losses and a percentage of 99.0.

Leon Cameron won the Charles Sutton Medal and Danny Del Re won the goalkicking with 36 goals.
 

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Game #75 – Round 21, 1993 vs West Coast at Western Oval (21/8/1994)

Kicked 1.1 from 11k, 6hb in 42-point win over the Eagles.

Granty played at CHF and provided the highlight of the day's play by making something from nothing and kicking an incredible goal in the third quarter (at about 4:45 in the vid below).

This game was also notable for Brian Royal leading the boys off the ground after the win in what would have been his 200th game. "Chocco" did not play after suffering a serious leg injury the previous week, which would leave him stranded forever on a career total of 199 games, 299 goals.

 

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Game #74 – Round 20, 1993 vs Essendon at MCG (14/8/1994)

Kicked 3.0 from 9k, 1hb in 13-point loss to the Bombers.

The Bulldogs could not find a direct path to goal, and when they did they had no one to weave any magic. Chris Grant and Doug Hawkins threatened at times, but Footscray was on the back foot from the time Brian Royal went off with a career-ending snapped achilles tendon in the first quarter.

Glen Coleman only played 4 games in 1993, having played all 25 games at centre half-forward in 1992 and taking some heat from Granty. The results suggested Turtle had been slow to respond to the extra responsibility. Coach Terry Wheeler disagreed: "You would have to say he hasn't played to the level that a supporter would hope for," Wheeler said. "A coach appreciates what he's doing and where he's going. A coach has more patience than supporters."

This game was notable for Derek Kickett kicking 8 goals. A few weeks later he would be dropped from the Bombers' winning grand final team.

 

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Game #73 – Round 18, 1993 vs Fitzroy at Western Oval (31/7/1994)

One of our best, kicking 3.3 from 19k, 3hb in 61-point win over the Lions.

Granty failed to score a goal after the first term, but his three early goals did most of the damage, anyway.

Turtle, along with local cult hero Ilija Grgic (who kicked four goals and grabbed the mark of the day in the first quarter), Brian Royal, Scott West and Danny Del-Re ensured that the Dogs kicked their highest score of the season.

Vision available with pulse-pounding commentary from 3WRB:

 

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