Terrace’s premiership-winning 1981 side was part of a 5 year GPS Rugby winning era
spanning the years 1977 – 1981.
Today we catch up with, Steven Grant, who has provided the Brave & Game team with his recollections of the 1981 season and his selection in the Firsts for that year. Before we do that, let’s turn to his player profile from the 1981 Terrace Annual.
Steven Grant (tight-head prop)
Steven, or “Cavie” as he was known, would have to get the encouragement award for the year. Steven had a lot of problems with his game and to his credit worked very hard to overcome these. This determination made him a real asset to the team. His moment of glory was at Nudgee where he caught a ball on the full and then passed it safely; this incident will be remembered by all who know him.
B & G: Steven, I understand that you were a late starter at Terrace.
Steven: Yes, I came in 1979 for grade ten and played in the 15A’s and then the 16A’s. I was a bit uncoordinated though. I think I only got picked in the 1st XV to make Lynagh and the other players look good by comparison.
B & G: So where did you go to school before Terrace?
Steven: I went to Waverley College down in Sydney. We actually played them down in New South Wales on the pre-season tour. It wasn’t great losing to my old school but they had some sensational players, one of which was Matt Burke.
B & G: Were you confident of making it into the 1st XV in 1981?
Steven: I had an ankle injury early on in the year and while I was out of action, a couple of other guys got a run in some of the trials. When I came back it was a bit of a fight to make it into the team.
B & G: I’ve heard that your nickname was “cavie”. What was that all about?
Steven: (Laughs) “Cavie” was short for caveman. I think it was my hairy legs that earned me the nickname. I looked a bit like that Captain Caveman character on the cartoon shows in the morning.
B & G: The Annual describes you as a player who didn’t necessarily have a lot of skills but who worked hard on their game. What advice would you give to players who don’t have a lot of natural ability?
Steven: I really worked hard to get into that team. Life’s full of choices you know. If you’re in that situation you should work hard on your game instead of sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself.
B & G: So Steven, will you be watching the game this weekend?
Steven: Well I’m coaching the 16C’s this year and they’re playing at Tennyson a bit earlier on in the day. I’ll definitely be sticking around to watch the 1st XV game afterwards, it’s a real highlight of the season.
B & G: What do you remember about the game you played against Nudgee in 1981?
Steven: I remember the stands out there at Nudgee being packed with their supporters who had been giving it to us all afternoon. There were only a few points in it until Stephen Partridge scored nearing the end of the game. Their crowd was very quiet after that.
On a personal note, I vividly remember a moment from that game when a Nudgee back kicked the ball to the halfway line where I was standing. I wasn’t the most coordinated guy on the field, so when I caught the ball successfully it was kind of a big deal and I’ve been reminded of that moment many times in subsequent years.
B & G: What do you think it was that made the 1981 side a premiership winning side?
Steven: We had a lot of really good players who played excellent rugby as a team. The coaching was also excellent, in the sense that we had the benefit of Michael Broad’s enthusiasm and at the same time, the wealth of experience of Lester Hampson. All in all, it was just a great combination of successful elements that led to our success.
B & G: Before the game this weekend,
what message do you have for the
Terrace 1st XV?
Steven: Whatever the odds, if you remember what you’ve been taught at training and play as a team, you’ll come out as winners.
Steven Grant completed Senior at Terrace in 1981.
He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1987.
He opened his own Law Firm, Grants Lawyers in 1999.
Steve has regularly competed in the Noosa Triathalon.
He holds the record for the longest time taken to complete this event.
He currently coaches the Terrace Under 16C’s.