Griffin playing in 2015
|Full name||Jonathon Griffin|
|Date of birth||14 January 1986|
|Place of birth||Western Australia|
|Original team(s)||Karoonda JFC|
|Draft||21st pick, 2005 Rookie Draft (Adelaide)|
|Height / weight||201cm / 101kg|
|Representative team honours|
|2009–2015||Indigenous All-Stars||2 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2015.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Jonathon Griffin (born 14 January 1986) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL), he previously played for the Adelaide Football Club. A ruckman from Western Australia, Griffin played for East Fremantle in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) before being drafted by Adelaide at the 2005 Rookie Draft. Upgraded to the club's senior list for the 2007 season, he debuted the following season, and played 41 games for Adelaide before being traded to Fremantle during the 2010–11 trading period.
Griffin was born in Bunbury, Western Australia. His family moved to the southern suburbs of Perth when he was 10 years old, and he attended Booragoon Primary School and Applecross Senior High School, playing junior football for Karoonda JFC. He was drafted by Adelaide from East Fremantle in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) with the 21st selection in the 2005 Rookie Draft and spent the 2005 season on the rookie list. He was upgraded to the senior list for the 2006 season but spent most of 2006 playing reserves for Central District Bulldogs. Griffin got his chance to make his AFL debut in the early rounds of 2007 due to the departure of Matthew Clarke and injuries to Rhett Biglands and Ivan Maric. Although he was recruited as a key-forward Griffin was required to play as a ruckman. Many thought Griffin was not yet ready to play at the highest level as a ruckman because of his lanky figure, however Griffin managed to hold his spot for the first 13 rounds of 2007 before being replaced by the returning Maric.
Griffin started well in the 2008 AFL season, with strong performances against very good ruck opponents in Will Minson and Ben Hudson, of the Western Bulldogs, Dean Cox and Mark Seaby of the West Coast Eagles and Dean Brogan and Brendon Lade of Port Adelaide. In 2009, however, Griffin only played 2 games for the Crows, with Maric and Kurt Tippett preferred as the main ruckman with James Sellar and Brad Moran also selected ahead of Griffin.
Since returning to his home state of Western Australia, Griffin has been used mainly as Fremantle's backup ruckman, competing with Zac Clarke and Aaron Sandilands for the ruck positions. Griffin played his first game for the Dockers in Round 10 of the 2011 AFL season against St Kilda, after ruckman Aaron Sandilands was unavailable due to injury. A career-best performance against the Gold Coast Suns in Round 15 saw him collect 26 disposals, 9 marks, 30 hit outs and 2 goals. He played the first seven games of the 2013 season before damaging his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), with the resultant knee reconstruction ruling him out for the rest of the season. He resumed his career in April 2014, through Fremantle's new affiliate team in the WAFL, Peel Thunder. Overall, he has struggled to maintain his place in the side, having only played 40 games for Fremantle in five seasons.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- List of AFL debuts in 2007
- List of Adelaide Football Club players
- List of Fremantle Football Club players
- Costa Kastanis (9 August 2013). "Freo Heart: Jon Griffin" – Fremantle Football Club. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- "…Griffin a Noongar from south-west WA…" Andrew Capel (19 May 2008). "Wealth of talent in Crows' super seven" – The Advertiser. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- Emma Quayle (15 February 2009). "Keeping it all in the family business" – The Age. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- Jennifer Witham (30 January 2009). "Indigenous All-Stars named" – Australian Football League. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- Jonathon Griffin' player profile at AFL Tables
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