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New discovery places Grigg on top

Dick Grigg is now the equal record holder for most Geelong best and fairests
Dick Grigg is now the equal record holder for most Geelong best and fairests

Dick Grigg rewrote the record books when he donned the blue and white hoops and he’s rewriting it a century later.

The family of the former Geelong great recently discovered another club best and fairest trophy awarded to Grigg in 1912. The previously undiscovered trophy takes his club best and fairest award tally to four, equal to that of record holder Garry Hocking.

Grigg also won the award in 1910, 1911 and 1914; the 1912 winner had remained unknown until now.

Known as one of Geelong’s most durable players over his career which spanned 11 seasons from 1904 until 1914, Grigg returned to the VFL in 1921, playing a final two games at the age of 36.

The right-footer, originally from Drysdale, was skilled in all areas of his game and particularly known for his brilliant marking ability and dash.

A champion utility, Grigg is a member of the club’s Team of the Century, a life member (1922), Hall of Fame inductee (2002) and Hall of Fame legend.

Grigg’s superb skills and versatility saw him play in the ruck, as a centre half-back well as a half-forward and half-back flanker over his 194 games.

The all-round sportsman was also an A grade tennis player and excellent cricketer in his time.

Grigg held a great interest in the club in his later years, attending games regularly before passing away in 1972.

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