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Ilija Grgic
Grgic
DOB
5/3/1972
Height
203 cm
Weight
106 kg
Junior club
Melbourne HS Old Boys
Arrived
Traded from Footscray at the end of the 1996 season for Luke Trew and pick 20 (Matthew Dent)
Number
Debut
Round 1 1997 vs Sydney
(104th Eagles player)
Games
23
Goals
15
B&F Top 10
1 (1997)
Best Finish
9th (1997)
Last app.
Round 5 1998 vs Richmond
Departed
Delisted at the end of the 1998 season
Other clubs
Footscray (AFL) 1993-1996
Peel Thunder (WAFL) 1997-1998
Essendon (AFL) 1999

Giant ruckman Ilija Grgic played 23 games for West Coast after crossing from Footscray.

Footscray careerEdit

Grgic played 62 games for Footscray across 4 seasons but was caught in a logjam with Scott Wynd and Luke Darcy for the number 1 ruck position, and was ultimately traded to West Coast at the end of the 1996 season.

West Coast careerEdit

Grgic had a successful first season in blue and gold, holding down the ruck and drifting forward to kick 15 goals while missing just one game for the year.

His 1998 season was a polar opposite, struggling with an ongoing back problem and managing just one early-season senior game, spending the rest of the year playing for Peel in the WAFL. At the end of the season he was delisted.

Essendon careerEdit

Thrown a lifeline by Essendon in the national draft, Grgic played just 2 senior games for the Bombers before being delisted for a second time.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G
1997 22 15 9 130 71 102 232 28 Peel 0
1998 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 15 12
Tot 23 15 9 130 71 103 233 29
Avg 0.7 5.7 3.1 4.5 10.1 1.3

LinksEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/I/Ilija_Grgic.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilija_Grgic

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/1678