Shannon Grant

Shannon Grant (born 19 April 1977) is a retired Australian rules footballer who was known as one of the premier midfielders in the AFL. He began his career at the Sydney Swans in 1995 before moving to the Kangaroos in 1998 and being a part of their 1999 premiership side, in which he also won the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground. In 1996, he actually played against North Melbourne in the Grand Final, playing on the losing side of Sydney.

Shannon Grant
Personal information
Full name Shannon Grant
Date of birth (1977-04-19) 19 April 1977
Original team(s) Flemington / Western U18
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19951997 Sydney 058 0(38)
19982008 North Melbourne 243 (323)
Total 301 (361)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

In the 2005 season, Shannon Grant was involved in numerous comeback victories by the Kangaroos. The first was in Round 2 against his old club the Sydney Swans at Manuka Oval. Trailing by 17 points at 3 quarter time, Grant and his team mates lifted with Grant kicking 3 goals to help the Roos to a convincing win. The following week against St Kilda, the 'Roos again lifted from a 3rd quarter shocker, trailing against the highly fancied St Kilda which had not lost a game at Docklands Stadium since 2003. Grant once again kicked 4 goals in the last quarter to defeat the Saints by 7 points, 100-93. Grant's fourth was a 'ripper' from 5 metres in from the boundary 45 metres out. Then later in Round 19, the Kangaroos trailed by 3 goals with 4 minutes to play against the lowly Collingwood at the Telstra Dome.

Grant announced his retirement on Tuesday 26 August 2008. The following Saturday, Grant played the 300th game of his career.[1] Fittingly, his 301st and last game of AFL football was an elimination final against his old club, the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, which the Kangaroos lost by 35 points. Grant was given a standing ovation by both Sydney and North Melbourne players as he left the ground for the final time, as he was well respected by both clubs.

Grant coached the Frankston Football Club for one season in the Victorian Football League in 2009.

At season end of 2009, he was appointed coach of the struggling Bendigo Bombers for 2010, also in the VFL.

Shannon Grant joined the Western Bulldogs Coaching panel as an Assistant coach for 2012 after two seasons at Essendon.

In 2015, Grant coached the senior team at Greenvale Football Club in the Essendon District Football League. The team played off in the Grand Final, losing to Aberfeldie Football Club.

In June 2018, Grant was sentenced to 6 months in prison for assaulting his former partner. [2] The sentence was overturned on appeal, and he was ordered to complete 200 hour of community service.[3]

Playing Statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1995 Sydney 910910804712738110.
1996 Sydney 925118276154430104430.40.311.
1997 Sydney 923181323310834164270.80.610.14.714.82.81.2
1998 North Melbourne 625461626113739870351.80.610.45.515.92.81.4
1999 Kangaroos 6243711310181491110271.50.512.97.520.54.61.1
2000 Kangaroos 6252918304131435127281.20.712.
2001 Kangaroos 6202621315164479101461.
2002 Kangaroos 620121722712535276330.60.911.46.317.63.81.7
2003 Kangaroos 6202223287159446108411.
2004 Kangaroos 622231827319446789551.00.812.48.821.24.02.5
2005 Kangaroos 6233924296135431122291.
2006 Kangaroos 6182118247109356127311.
2007 Kangaroos 6253921281137418135401.60.811.25.516.75.41.6
2008 North Melbourne 6212917209129338111411.40.810.
Career 301 361 235 3599 1910 5509 1382 487 1.2 0.8 12.0 6.3 18.3 4.6 1.6


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