Grenfell is one to watch

May 22, 2018

Brandyn Grenfell during the 2018 - WorkSafe Community Championships Seniors match between Ballarat FNL and Goulburn Vallery FL at the MCG. Photo by Luke Hemer.

The AFL Record might have butchered ‘‘Brayden’’ Grenfell’s name, but the Tatura star made sure the MCG crowd knew exactly who he was with a dominating six-goal display.

Actually named Brandyn — not what the iconic football magazine had him listed as — the power forward caught fire when the Goulburn Valley’s interleague contest with Ballarat was on the line, kicking three goals in the final term’s opening minutes.

The Ballarat defenders often looked helpless and isolated inside 50 against Grenfell, whose huge performance earned him the GV’s medal for the side’s best player.

He was quick to heap praise on the talented players around him who helped him kick the bag of goals.

‘‘Just the delivery from the boys, you play in this higher class of footy, the delivery is without doubt amazing, it does help a lot,’’ Grenfell said.

‘‘Being able to time where the ball is going to drop (was important), I back myself in and I don’t mind crashing packs.

‘‘It was just one of those days and I’m glad it was today.’’

At times the GV’s game plan seemed as simple as it gets; bomb it long to Grenfell and get out of the way.

Whether it was on the lead or in a wrestle situation, his strength was too much to overcome, with plenty of damaging marks inside 50.

The big man played on Etihad Stadium in the 2010 TAC Cup grand final with the Calder Cannons, but said the opportunity to play on the Melbourne Cricket Ground was not one he had taken for granted.

‘‘It was just exciting nerves; to do something different and play on the ’G, it’s just an exciting challenge,’’ he said.

‘‘I was a bit nervous, but once the first ball was bounced, it was just an amazing opportunity.

‘‘It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play on the ’G in front of some family and friends, it was a unique opportunity and great — I loved it.’’

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