Season By Season
Such were the wraps on Grundy as he entered his second season in the big league that many punters almost forgot he was just a teenager with only seven games to his name.
The South Australian made his presence felt during the NAB Challenge with his aggression noted by opponents and umpires alike.
He rucked in tandem with Jarrod Witts for much of the first half of the year, opening with 13 hitouts and nine tackles in the heavy loss to Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.
He clearly benefited from the experience, winning 30 hitouts and laying five tackles in his next appearance against Sydney a fortnight later.
Substituted out of the round four clash with Richmond early in the third quarter, Grundy put in arguably his best performance of the season a week later, recording 25 hitouts, laying six tackles and kicking the sealer against Essendon on ANZAC Day.
Grundy’s goal was particularly memorable, as he roosted the ball from a good 50 metres out on the MCC Members flank.
As the season reached its midway point, coach Nathan Buckley began to use Grundy as a key forward by way of taking the pressure off Travis Cloke. He took a career-high eight marks against Melbourne on the Queen’s Birthday but was unable to convert, kicking two behinds from 16 disposals.
He returned to the VFL for his first match in almost twelve months when the Magpies met Footscray at Victoria Park in round 11. Grundy played six of his next seven games in the state league, averaging 31.5 hitouts and 17.5 disposals.
His spell in the VFL was most notable for his 47 hitouts against Werribee in round 14.
Four weeks later, after recording 24 disposals, 10 clearances and 30 hitouts against Essendon, Grundy was recalled to the senior side for the clash with Brisbane in round 21.
He remained in the seniors for the remainder of the year, winning 23 hitouts against Greater Western Sydney’s Shane Mumford in round 22, before being substituted out of the loss to Hawthorn at half time.
Season By Season
Grundy arrived at the club as one of its most precocious recruits for at least a decade but it took him several months to overcome the back injury that plagued him during the pre-season.
The club took a softly-softly approach to his rehabilitation and introduced him into the VFL against Essendon at Victoria Park in round seven. He made a quiet start, winning seven hitouts and seven disposals as well as kicking two behinds in a narrow win.
His basketball nous came to the fore in the final quarter of the win over the Northern Blues seven days later and by his third game against the Casey Scorpions he had well and truly acclimatised to life in the VFL. He won 22 hitouts and made his presence felt with his physicality.
Three weeks later, Grundy showcased his unique talents at Box Hill City Oval, gathering 24 possessions, winning 39 hitouts, winning six clearances and laying six tackles. He also kicked two of the best goals of the day and after another strong showing against the Cats at Kardinia Park, the match committee could wait no longer.
Grundy made his AFL debut in the No. 35 against Greater Western Sydney in a twilight fixture at the MCG and put in an accomplished 14 touch, 12 hitout, seven possession performance.
He made rapid improvement as the weeks passed and was playing well enough to keep dual premiership ruckman Darren Jolly out of the side.
Grundy’s best performance at senior level came in the loss to Hawthorn in round 20 when he had 20 possessions, 28 hitouts and six clearances.
He rucked solo against Port Adelaide in the Elimination Final and while he had only six possessions, he managed to win 25 hitouts and four tackles.
Season By Season
The physically advanced young ruckman played seniors for Sturt in the SANFL last year and was highly touted heading into the draft, despite the fact he only switched from basketball to football ahead of the under-16 championships last year. Has impressive mobility and skills for his size and ranked equal fifth in the Draft Combine clean hands test.