Antoni Grover was drafted through the rookie draft to the Fremantle Dockers when Damian Drum was coach. That sort of sums him up. But after 202 games, he deserves his place in Freo folklore.
He has defended valiantly when the team was having wave after wave of attackers coming against the defense. Luke McPharlin said today that, “I always played taller when Antoni was standing next to me”. He was that sort of player. Always smiling, courageously backing into packs, attacking the ball, taking marks, streaming forward and kicking a goal when needed.
I remember watching him kick a goal after his grandmother had passed away that week. He kissed the black armband on his arm as tribute. He calls himself ‘Balgas black caviar”, and that about sums him up. No-nonsense, fun, realistic and authentic.
Today he announced his retirement. The game, injuries and time have got the better of him. But he will be missed.