Rod Grinter

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Rod Grinter
Personal information
Date of birth (1965-05-26) 26 May 1965 (age 52)
Original team(s) Katandra
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1985–1995 Melbourne 134 (57)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1995.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Rodney 'Balls' Grinter (born 26 May 1965) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne in the VFL and AFL.

Grinter is most remembered for an incident in Round 2 of the 1988 VFL season when he punched Footscray defender Terry Wallace in the face, rendering Wallace unconscious. Both field umpires failed to report Grinter for the incident, but he received a six-week suspension for the incident after a VFL investigation. Later that season he appeared in Melbourne's losing Grand Final side against Hawthorn. He was also suspended for nine matches in 1990 following a number of incidents in a game against Richmond at the MCG.

Grinter was involved in another famous incident in the previous season's Preliminary Final against the same opponents. He was the man on the mark when Jim Stynes ran between him and Gary Buckenara (he was the one that gave away the free kick to Bukenara) which resulted in a 15-metre penalty and goal to win after the siren from Buckenara.

After playing most of his career in defence, Grinter was moved into the forward line in 1993 and rejuvenated his career kicking 21 goals. He managed only 9 games the following year, Grinter stayed on the list as a supplementary player in 1995 serving as reserves captain mentoring the younger players.

He was later employed by the Demons as a match day runner.

Grinter was coach of New Norfolk in the Tasmanian Statewide Football League during the 1996, 1997 and 1998 seasons.

Statistics[edit]

[1]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1985 Melbourne 14 11 13 9 81 39 120 31 0 1.2 0.8 7.4 3.5 10.9 2.8 0.0
1986 Melbourne 14 11 9 10 96 45 141 40 0 0.8 0.9 8.7 4.1 12.8 3.6 0.0
1987 Melbourne 14 18 2 3 230 48 278 67 12 0.1 0.2 12.8 2.7 15.4 3.7 0.7
1988 Melbourne 14 19 0 4 169 72 241 48 25 0.0 0.2 8.9 3.8 12.7 2.5 1.3
1989 Melbourne 14 19 4 4 160 74 234 47 22 0.2 0.2 8.4 3.9 12.3 2.5 1.2
1990 Melbourne 14 13 5 2 103 48 151 36 17 0.4 0.2 7.9 3.7 11.6 2.8 1.3
1991 Melbourne 14 16 1 2 129 32 161 34 20 0.1 0.1 8.1 2.0 10.1 2.1 1.3
1992 Melbourne 14 3 0 0 29 8 37 8 4 0.0 0.0 9.7 2.7 12.3 2.7 1.3
1993 Melbourne 14 15 21 6 96 41 137 49 8 1.4 0.4 6.4 2.7 9.1 3.3 0.5
1994 Melbourne 14 9 2 0 44 16 60 9 7 0.2 0.0 4.9 1.8 6.7 1.0 0.8
Career 134 57 40 1137 423 1560 369 115 0.4 0.3 8.5 3.2 11.6 2.8 1.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rod Grinter". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.

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