Elaine Grigg

height: 165cm


D.O.B: 23-12-2005

Leagues: SANFL Women's League, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships

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Elaine Grigg is the Energiser bunny of the AFLW Draft, with her enthusiasm and team-first mentality infectious. The small forward/midfielder is a player who will put in the one percenters and lay bone-crunching tackles, while evading multiple opponents to get the ball free. Though still slight in build, her strength – particular pound-for-pound – is quite impressive. While there are areas for her to still build on and polish up, it is hard not to enjoy the myriad of highlights the Central District premiership player has provided over the journey.


- Agility
- Defensive pressure
- Explosive speed
- Tackling
- Upside
- Versatility
- Work rate


- Decision making
- Kicking consistency


Grigg's game is built off her defensive attributes, and supported by one of the more well-rounded athletic profiles. Her tackling pressure is a non-negotiable in each and every match, and while it can sometimes lead her into trouble - such as conceding free kicks - she will throw everything into stopping the opposition in their tracks.

At SANFL Women's level, Grigg moved from North Adelaide to Central District over the off-season, to play for the club that her grandfather is a long-time patron at. In turn, she became the only back-to-back SANFLW premiership play for the 2022 to 2023 seasons, including a typical 15-disposal, 15-tackle game in the premiership win over South Adelaide.

Grigg laid five or more tackles in all bar one of her games at SANFLW level this season, recording eight or more tackles in nine of her 14 matches. Given she is a lightly built player, it is more impressive the tenacious utility is not afraid to put her body on the line and worry the opposition whenever she is closing them down.

Her defensive pressure is helped by a combination of explosive speed, and elite agility and endurance. In the preseason testing, the South Australian young gun rated elite across the country for speed, agility and endurance. Her agility in particular was the shining light, cracking in for an incredible 8.472 seconds, second overall in the nation.

Naturally with the athletic base and the defensive mindset, Grigg is a coaches dream. She will play any role, be it up forward, on the wing, or in the middle, all of which she has plied her trade at over the journey. Few players have the speed and agility that Grigg has, while also having that high endurance base too.

With all this in mind, there are areas that Grigg still needs to polish up. In particular her decision making and kicking consistency is still aspects that can further grow and improve. She can find herself rushing and sometimes blazing away. Though an unselfish player, sometimes inside 50 that can lead to an extra handball or extra kick that is not needed, or when in the midfield, rushing a quick kick forward with opposition numbers rather than the release handball.

That being said, these areas are not uncommon for players who have come a long way in a short space of time. Grigg has natural talent, can play as a pressure forward, or roll into the midfield and add that element as well. She finds enough of the ball to suggest she can win her fair share when given the opportunity, and Grigg will always make opportunities for herself with her defensive pressure.

Currently ranked inside the Top 10 of our Power Rankings, the AFLW Academy member is a special talent with enormous upside. She is not the complete package just yet, but her highlights package - which is a combination of run-down tackles or evading multiple opponents - is just as impressive as any high-flying mark or incredible goal. She is one to watch for the future.

Elaine Grigg is a member of the Adelaide Crows Next-Generation Academy (NGA) and as one of the top five prospects in the state, would be in strong consideration to land at West Lakes. On face value and talent alone, Grigg is a first round prospect, and no doubt clubs across the country will be keen to add the energetic talent to their list.

Defensive pressure
Work rate
Decision making
Kicking consistency [reference to execution]

SANFL Women's League

2022North Adelaide Women's4338819005116140685.44.810.
2023Central District Women's10510321328001112383476147.57.415.
2024Central District Women's000000000000000000000

AFLW U18 Championships

2022South Australia Girls15122740090331135.
2023South Australia Girls29255442330190773139.78.318.

AFLW U17 Championships

2021South Australia25244910017091121212.512.
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