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J.F McHale Trophy: Brodie Grundy

Grundy kicks the match winner Watch Brodie Grundy save the day with this last minute goal against Richmond at the MCG.
Brodie Grundy gained recognition on a league-wide stage in a 2016 season in which he played 21 senior games.

He started the year in the VFL. He finished it with murmurs of All-Australian selection.

It has been a whirlwind year in the life of Brodie Grundy, who evolved into one of the competition’s premier ruckmen.

An injury to Jarrod Witts opened the door for his return to the senior side in round two and he never looked back.

It all began to click after the mid-season break, when he averaged 20.1 disposals and 31.3 hitouts.

The world began to take notice when he ruled Shane Mumford's Giants in round 16, and he followed it up with another best afield performance in the loss to Adelaide, when he received three Brownlow votes despite the result.

He won a career high 45 hitouts against West Coast, only to break his own personal best with 47 against the Western Bulldogs a fortnight last.

But for all his improvement, it was his last gasp goal to break Richmond hearts in round two that will live long in the memory.

Brodie Grundy

2016 stats

Games: 21
Goals: 11
Disposals: 387
Hitouts: 548
Brownlow Medal votes: 7