The Caulfield Grammarians Association is thrilled that past champion John Griffiths will be inducted as a VAFA Big V Champion. This is effectively the Hall of Fame for amateurs who have represented Victoria and John will be the first Grammarian honoured in this way. After finishing at CGS in 1971, where he was school captain, he went onto play 117 senior games at Grammarians from 1972-1980. He captained the club in 1977 and won the B&F in 1980, after winning the Morley Trophy in 1975, 1977 & 1980. Known as an athletic key defender, he could also play in the ruck and go forward, which he did with some aplomb in the 1972 and 1973 A Grade finals series that saw Grammarians narrowly defeated in Preliminary finals. His ability to perform in the big games was seen again in the 1975 B Grade finals series where he was named best on ground in both games. This made John a straightforward selection for CGFC’s Team of the Century. Griffiths’ remarkable achievements on the field during the 1970’s also saw him pull on the Big V on 8 occasions between 1973 – 1977, including a best on ground performance against the WAAFL in 1976. Outside of football John has had an incredibly successful career as an orthopaedic surgeon and was awarded the OAM in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
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