Richmond veteran midfielder Shaun Grigg is excited to finally live his dream of playing in an AFL grand final, a day at times not even he thought would come.
“I’m really rapt and privileged to be in this position and I’m just really going to enjoy today, and then giving it a crack tomorrow,” he said at the grand final parade on Friday, with three-year-old son Sonny in tow.
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While Grigg may have started his AFL career at Carlton, before that he was playing junior football with Redan in the Ballarat Football League – the Lions fittingly share the same theme song as Richmond.
“I absolutely love the Redan footy club, still try to get back there every now and then when I can,” Grigg said.
“And I’ve watched them win a lot of grand finals as well so hopefully I can get one back.”
Grigg said he had felt the love from up the Western Freeway, with a lot of people sending him messages of support ahead of the biggest game in his 11-year career.
“A lot of people from Ballarat, a lot of old school mates, a lot of people from Redan (have reached out), so I’m feeling privileged to be in this position and hopefully we can win,” Grigg said.
“We’re there, we’ve given ourselves a chance – sixteen other teams would love to be in this position, so fingers crossed we can play well and get the cup.”
He was blown away by the thousands of supporters out in full force on Friday.
“Training this morning was crazy, so many people turned out to support us, so hopefully they can get down to the ‘G tomorrow and really give us a leg up.”
Grigg was joined by Richmond teammates Dan Butler, Daniel Rioli and David Astbury at the parade, who have all come through the North Ballarat Rebels TAC Cup system.