Mick Grasso

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Mick Grasso
Personal information
Full name Domenico Grasso
Date of birth (1966-12-23) 23 December 1966 (age 50)
Place of birth Bunbury, Western Australia
Original team(s) Marist JFC
Position(s) Utility
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–92 Swan Districts 93 (37)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1992.
Career highlights

Domenico “Mick” Grasso (born 23 December 1966) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). Originally from Bunbury, Western Australia, Grasso began his career with the South Bunbury Football Club in the South West Football League (SWFL). Recruited by Swan Districts prior to the start of the 1987 season, he made his debut for the club in round one. Grasso won a club best and fairest award in 1988, and two years later, in 1990, won another best and fairest, as well as the Sandover Medal as the best player in the competition. Injuries forced his retirement from the WAFL in 1992, although he remained involved in country football afterwards, in both playing and coaching roles.

Career[edit]

Grasso was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, and began playing football for the Marist Junior Football Club. He made his debut for the South Bunbury Football Club in the South West Football League (SWFL) at the age of 16, and played in premierships in his first two seasons. The coach of Swan Districts, John Todd, visited Bunbury at the end of the 1986 season, inviting Grasso to try out for the club. He made his senior debut in round one of the 1987 season, having already impressed during the WAFL’s pre-season tournament. Grasso continued to live in Bunbury during his first two seasons in the league, travelling to Perth each weekend to play in the WAFL. Playing mainly out of the back pocket as a running defender, Grasso won the Swan Medal as the club’s best and fairest in 1988, despite Swan Districts finishing last. In 1990, after the return of Todd as coach, Swan Districts won the premiership, with Grasso again winning the best and fairest, as well as the Sandover Medal for the best player in the competition. In the second match of the following season, Grasso had his foot after Perth’s Scott Spalding landed on his leg, sidelining him for most of the season. Grasso returned to the side for the semi-final and preliminary final, kicking seven goals in the latter game after being named in a forward pocket. He retired at the end of the 1992 season after again struggling with Achilles tendon and hamstring injuries. Grasso returned to play with South Bunbury the following season, and later accepted a role as captain-coach of the West Arthur team in the Upper Great Southern Football League (UGSFL). During this time, he captained a West Australian Country Football League representative side at the national country football championships, and was named in the country all-Australian team.[1] Grasso was appointed coach of South Bunbury for the 2011 season, having previously served as an assistant coach.[2] He was terminated from the position at the end of the following season, despite having coached the side to a grand final.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Where Are They Now?: Mick Grasso – Footy Goss. Published 8 January 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  2. ^ South Bunbury Football Club – sbfc.com.au. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  3. ^ Morien, Luke (2012). Grasso quits as Tigers go huntingThe West Australian. Published 26 October 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2013.