Toast Chris Grant - A Retrospectus

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Game #50 – Round 16, 1992 vs Adelaide at Waverley Park (4/7/1992)

One of our best, kicking 4.0 from 11k, 5hb in 87-point win over the Crows.

Granty brought up his 50th game in style, combining superbly in the forward line with Chocco Royal and Danny Del-Re.

 

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

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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.

Geez, memories. Dunkley Snr playing for the Swans (1:50), Hunter Snr.

Ilja Grgic was 201 cm. Kicked a bag of goals, and was far more mobile than I'd remembered. Wasn't Grant just sensational? And Carey (North Melbourne), just wow.

Dancing Dougie, the old man, in (I think) his last year with us before he left for Fitzroy: he still had it.

EDIT I may have replied to the wrong post. Video of whole of 1994 season is post No 470.
 

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I might have said this before, but just in case I haven't ...

This is an epic thread. Not only a great catalogue of the career of one of our greatest players but also a handy general library of game videos and various other contemporary snippets (indexed by whatever game number CG was playing).

Sterling effort Lucky Star ! :thumbsu:
 

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Game #49 – Round 15, 1992 vs Geelong at Kardinia Park (28/6/1992)

One of our best, kicking 3.2 from 12k, 6hb in 9-point loss to the Cats.

All the highlights on a platter:



 

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Game #48 – Round 14, 1992 vs Collingwood at MCG (21/6/1992)

One of our best, kicking 1.0 from 12k, 9hb in 6-point loss to the Magpies.

During the week, Granty was named in the All-Australian Teal Cup team over the past 15 years of the competition:

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View the Pies game here:

 

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Game #47 – Round 13, 1992 vs Melbourne at Western Oval (14/6/1992)

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During the week the Doggies scored big at the Mid-Season Draft, picking up Julian Shanks (Williamstown) and Brian McInnes (no fixed address).

Cheeky glimpse:

 

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Game #46 – Round 12, 1992 vs Fitzroy at Princes Park (6/6/1992)

Kicked 4.0 from 9k, 7hb in 62-point win over the Lions.

A variety of ways to stream this game:





 

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Game #45 – Round 11, 1992 vs Hawthorn at Western Oval (31/5/1992)

Kicked 2.2 from 11k, 6hb in 34-point win over the Hawks.

Catch it while you can:





 

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Game #44 – Round 10, 1992 vs Richmond at Western Oval (23/5/1992)

6k, 8hb in 17-point win over the Tigers.

No footage available but who needs it when Dougy can paint a picture with his own words:

 

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Game #43 – Round 9, 1992 vs Brisbane at Carrara (17/5/1992)

One of our best, kicking 3.4 from 14k, 7hb in 42-point win over the Bears.

The game was played in wet conditions that even made Mark Zanotti look sluggish.

 

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Game #42 – Round 8, 1992 vs West Coast at Subiaco Oval (10/5/1992)

One of our best, kicking 0.1 from 11k, 6hb in 59-point loss to the Eagles.

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Game #41 – Round 7, 1992 vs Carlton at MCG (3/5/1992)

Kicked 3.2 from 11k, 6hb in 56-point win over the Blues.

During the week, Granty was named in Victoria's State of Origin squad for the first time in his career.

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Game #40 – Round 5, 1992 vs North Melbourne at MCG (18/4/1992)

Kicked 4.2 from 10k, 4hb in 39-point win over the Kangaroos. Granty missed the following game with injury.

Highlights are lovingly preserved in VHS amber, starting off with a great goal by Granty:

 

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Game #39 – Round 4, 1992 vs Sydney at SCG (12/4/1992)

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Get into it:

 

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Game #37 – Round 2, 1992 vs St Kilda at Western Oval (29/3/1992)

One of our best, kicking 4.2 from 11k, 6hb in 32-point win over the Saints.

For anyone needing a cheer-up, Dancing Dougie kicked 5 goals and the whole game is on YouTube:




 

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Game #36 – Round 1, 1992 vs Adelaide at Football Park (22/3/1992)

One of our best, kicking 1.2 from 11k, 1hb, collecting 2 Brownlow votes in 27-point win over the Crows to start the year off!



 

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Game #35 – Round 24, 1991 vs Brisbane at Carrara (31/8/1991)

Kicked 2.2 from 10k, 6hb in 36-point win over the Bears.

Grant's Year

Granty had a solid season as an 18 year-old. 1991 saw Turtle establish himself as an ever-present member of the senior side. Coach Terry Wheeler moved him up the field to centre half forward, and it was there that Chris Grant truly made a name for himself. He played 15 games, kicking 18.15.

Bulldogs Year

Footscray finished 10th on the ladder with 9 wins, 12 losses, with a percentage of 87.9. Tony Liberatore won the Charles Sutton Medal and Doug Hawkins topped the goal-kicking with 38 goals.

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Game #34 – Round 23, 1991 vs Melbourne at Western Oval (25/8/1991)

One of our best, kicking 2.0 from 9k, 8hb in 11-point loss to the Dees.

Coach Terry Wheeler gave credit to the opposition: "If Melbourne are a finals side perhaps the system is a joke. If that's what the final six is encouraging then maybe we are barking up the wrong tree".

Why not catch the train to the footy:

 

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Game #33 – Round 22, 1991 vs Richmond at MCG (17/8/1991)

Kicked 2.0 from 7k, 6hb in 17-point loss to the Tigers.

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Name a more iconic duo, I'll wait.
 

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Game #32 – Round 21, 1991 vs Adelaide at Western Oval (10/8/1991)

One of our best, kicking 0.2 from 11k, 16hb in 24-point win over the Crows.

Tri-colours vs tri-colours:

 

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Game #31 – Round 20, 1991 vs Hawthorn at Waverley Park (3/8/1991)

Kicked 1.1 from 6k, 6hb in 14-point loss to the eventual premiers.

While we're here, let's take a look at the career of Jamie Grant, who also played for Footscray during 1991.

Granty's older brother was drafted by the Bulldogs with the 22nd selection of the 1990 mid-season draft. He played 5 games in 1991, kicking one goal, before two serious ankle and knee injuries led to him hanging up the #44 jumper. Curiously, he was also drafted by Sydney in the 1993 mid-season draft, but didn't make an AFL appearance for them. Jamie went on to become a legend in the Central Highlands Football League, playing for Hepburn.

A good article on the brothers here: https://www.hepburnadvocate.com.au/story/1327374/story-of-the-grant-boys/

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