Mick Grace

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Mick Grace
Mick Grace.jpg
Grace in 1899
Personal information
Full name Michael John Grace
Date of birth 24 July 1874
Place of birth Burnley, Victoria
Date of death 21 May 1912(1912-05-21) (aged 37)
Place of death Heidelberg, Victoria
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1895–1896 Fitzroy (VFA) 035 0(19)
1897–1900 Fitzroy 065 0(55)
1903–1907 Carlton 086 (133)
1908 St Kilda 016 0(26)
Total 202 (233)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1908 St Kilda 19 (10–9–0)
1910 University 18 (10–8–0)
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Michael John Grace (24 July 1874 – 21 May 1912) was an Australian rules footballer who played for the Fitzroy Football Club, Carlton Football Club and St Kilda Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL).[1]

Mick Grace was a follower/forward who started his career at the top level in the VFA in 1895 with Fitzroy, joining his older brother Jim. Grace was part of Fitzroy's premiership team in that season (although no Grand Final was played in the VFA at the time); in 1897, Fitzroy was one of the eight clubs to form the VFL as a breakaway competition from the VFA, and in 1898 and 1899, Grace was part of back-to-back VFL premierships with the Maroons. He was regarded as the best player on the ground in the 1898 Grand Final. Grace was part of the Maroons' 1900 losing premiership side, then retired from playing.[2]

In 1903, influential coach Jack Worrall persuaded Grace to return to the VFL for Carlton. Grace played for Carlton between 1903 and 1907, he won a further two VFL premierships with Carlton (in 1906 and 1907), and in 1906 he kicked 50 goals in a single season, the first VFL player ever to do so.

Grace retired from the VFL again halfway through the 1907 season, and was set to play for Brighton in the VFA for the remainder of the season, before Worrall convinced him to return to Carlton for the successful finals campaign.[3]

Grace left Carlton again at the end of the 1907 season, and moved to St Kilda where he played 16 games in 1908.

Altogether throughout his career in Victoria, Grace won five premierships (three with Fitzroy, and two with Carlton). Grace also played four state games for Victoria.[4]

Grace had a brief coaching career, serving as St Kilda's coach in 1908 while playing and as coach of University in 1910, and later coaching in Sydney.

Grace was also a leading junior cricketer, representing the Combined Victorian Juniors against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) side during MCCs 1903/04 tour.[5]

Grace died in 1912, aged 37, from tuberculosis at Heidelberg.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2014). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (10th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Bas Publishing. p. 330. ISBN 978-1-921496-32-5.
  2. ^ Blueseum, Mick Grace, Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  3. ^ Blueseum, Mick Grace, Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  4. ^ Donald, C. Fitzroy: for the love of the jumper: 100 players who made the Lions roar, Retrieved 9 April 2011
  5. ^ Atkinson, p. 183.
  6. ^ "Family Notices". The Age. Victoria, Australia. 22 May 1912. p. 1. 

Sources[edit]

  • Atkinson, G. (1982) Everything you ever wanted to know about Australian rules football but couldn't be bothered asking, The Five Mile Press: Melbourne. ISBN 0 86788 009 0.
  • Mick Grace at Blueseum