South Western Times
Giacci tips Eagles to bring heat
South Bunbury spiritual leader Matt “Trucks” Giacci is tipping the Collie Eagles to provide plenty of grunt against his side at Hands Oval on Sunday.
The Eagles narrowly lost by 10 points against Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault on Sunday, in a stereotypically hard but fair clash.
“There are no easy games anymore in this competition as it is so close,” Giacci said. “We know how tough Collie are physically.
“I remember last year in round two, that was the game we lost about eight or nine blokes who did not front up the following week.
“They are a good side. It will probably depend on who is available, as they have a lot of shift workers — but whoever we face wearing a Collie Eagles jumper this weekend will pose us a tough challenge.”
Prior to the league clash, the Tigers faithful will rise as one as Cody Whitfield runs on to the field to play a club record 178th reserves game — eclipsing the mark set by Trevor “Banga” Francis.
Whitfield, 34, grew up in Queensland playing rugby league before moving to the South West.
He had never kicked a footy prior to playing his first reserves game for South, and now is on the cusp of playing 200 club games, given he has also played 14 league games throughout his career.
Giacci is tremendously proud of Whitfield’s achievement, given their special off-field connection.
“I have had a lot to do with Cody,” he said. “We are really good mates and actually lived next door to each other.
“He came to play from Queensland as 20-years-old, so he missed all of his colts footy. He is a great bloke, who means a helluva lot to not just the footy club, but especially the reserves guys.”