Giacci keeps on ‘trucking’
Charismatic South Bunbury club legend Matthew “Trucks” Giacci will play his 200th SWFL game against Carey Park at Hands Oval on Sunday, and there is only one thing on his mind.
“I just hope we manage to put in a good effort and get a result,” he said.
“Along with just being able to see everyone happy and enjoying a win would be enough in my eyes.”
Giacci made his debut against Augusta-Margaret River in 2005 as a 17-year-old and over the journey has forged a memorable career with the Tigers.
Along the way, he has created club history by achieving an impressive double of winning premierships along with best and fairest awards at league and reserves level.
But 2016 stands above all for him, following a heartbreaking run of grand final losses.
“I started to think that I was the bad luck charm,” Giacci said.
“So 2016 couldn’t have come soon enough.
“It was a fairytale year. I played my 150th game, was appointed captain, we won the premiership and I won the best and fairest as well that year.
“I thought it was probably a good time to hang the boots up, because it would be hard to get any better.”
But “Trucks” isn’t driven by individual accolades — it is the people in football who keep him wanting to play each week.
“Every football club would be the same,” he said.
“They all have hardworking volunteers, sponsors and supporters who pour their heart and soul to make the club run.
“But for me, it’s the faces.
“This is one thing in my career that I’ve thought from the start and still now as I’m coming towards the end.
“South Bunbury just attracts the best people.
“And when you talk about the best people in town, for me, in my eyes, they are all at the footy club.
“It’s the mateship and the blokes that keep you on your toes and wanting to keep coming back to be at the club.”
Giacci also believes coach Stephen Bilcich has been a terrific influence on the younger players.
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