Record gives Grenfell a reason to smile after season to forget for Warriors

DESPITE being a part of two losing grand final teams in one season, Orange City all-rounder Shaun Grenfell finished 2013-14 with a reason to smile.

After 12 seasons, Grenfell passed former teammate Stuart Milne’s record as the Warrior’s leading first grade run-scorer.

During his brief stint at the crease against Centrals in round 10 of the season just gone, in which he made 19, Grenfell passed Milne’s mark of 4360 runs.

After a fruitful season, which netted Grenfell 470 runs, he now sits comfortably atop the list with 4574 from 139 innings, at an average of 36.67.

“Honestly, it’s not something you really aim for until someone tells you you’re close,” Grenfell said.

“Just being among guys like Frank Weymouth, Darrel Rosser, Bob Oakley and of course Stu, is a privilege, let alone to lead them.”

After plying his trade in Cavaliers’ lower grade teams for two seasons the then 17-year-old defected to the Warriors, a decision he never lived to regret.

“I had no real intention of going anywhere to be honest, but Frank approached me and convinced me to go over,” he said.

At just 30, Grenfell said he hopes he still has plenty of time to build on the record, but, ultimately, his focus is on helping the Warriors win a return to glory.

“If I can get six or seven more years in I’d be stoked, I’d love to add a few more thousand to that record,” he said.

“I’d give that up to get another couple of premierships under our belts though.”

The hard-hitting batsman nominated all-rounder James Conn as his heir apparent, despite missing the 2013-14 season after shoulder surgery.

“James Conn is definitely the one who’ll break it, I think,” Grenfell said.

“He is the future of our club. He’s very young, I’d think he’ll go very deep into the batting record, if not eventually lead it, and a long way into the bowling one too.”

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