KEITH GREIG was recruited from the Brunswick ( Victoria ) Club in 1971 by the North Melbourne Kangaroos, and played 294 Games, kicking 48 Goals until his retirement as a player in 1985. Greig is revered as one of the greatest Australian Football Players of all time, and arguably the Champion Kangaroos Player in their Club History. Many of his Australian Football Cards, and those of many of his contemparies are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Greig possessed blistering speed, which was deceptive due to his smooth striding running action, and he was an exceptional ball handler, even under strong physical pressure in tight contests. He was reasonably tall for wingmen of the day, so when you combined his dash, with outstanding marking skills and precise disposal skills on both sides of the body, by hand and foot, Greig was the complete footballer. He dominated his Wing Position for more than a decade, prior to slotting highly efficiently into a role as an attacking Half Back Flanker in the latter part of his career.
Keith Greig was a completely fair and honest footballer who succeeded in winning many honours during his playing career, including:- North Melbourne Kangaroos Club Best and Fairest Award Winner ( Syd Barker Medal ) in 1980, Premiership Team Player in 1975, North Melbourne Kangaroos Club Captain from 1976 to 1979, selection as Victorian State Representative on 13 occasions ( Captain in 1978 ), selection as an All Australian in 1983, Dual Brownlow Medal Winner in 1973 and 1974, Honoured with the Queen’s award as a Member of the British Empire in 1975, for his services to Australian Football, selected in the Australian Football League Team of the Century, and was an inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996.
Greig’s record is superb, and when you factor in the almost 2 Seasons he lost due to a serious knee injury, he would have added to his 23 Finals appearances for the Kangaroos. He was bitterly disappointed to have missed the winning 1977 Grand Final due to the injury, and it is completely understandable in his role as the Club Captain at the time. Typical of his nature and Team Spirit, Greig was very proud and supportive of his team-mates who took the field in the Premiership victory.
Keith Greig continued to have a very strong interest in the Kangaroos performances after his retirement as a player, and was to become the Chairman of Selectors in 1992. VFL / AFL Football followers of Greig’s era have vivid memories of the dashing red-haired, pale-skinned athlete who inspired the Kangaroos to many great victories. Opposition supporters admired the fair manner in which Greig played the Game, although they did get frustrated that their Club could not find an opponent to quell Greig’s match-winning influence on most occasions. Keith Greig is an ornament to the sport of Australian Football.
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