Milestone for Eagles midfielder

South Western Times
Collie Eagles vice-captain Corey Griggs will play his 150th league game for the club this Sunday when they battle the Eaton Boomers at Glen Huon Reserve.
Camera IconCollie Eagles vice-captain Corey Griggs will play his 150th league game for the club this Sunday when they battle the Eaton Boomers at Glen Huon Reserve. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock / South Western Times

Since making his debut as a 17-year-old, Collie Eagles midfielder Corey Griggs has been one of the team’s most consistent performers.

This Sunday the Eagles vice-captain reaches a significant milestone when he plays his 150th game against the Eaton Boomers at Glen Huon Reserve.

Griggs is part of the young, powerful midfield which most opposition clubs have failed to stop.

The two-time Eagles best and fairest winner is having one of his best seasons yet, working well alongside the likes of Travis Cleggett, Teke Vernon and Kyle Shanahan.

Injuries in his early seasons cost the 28-year-old a number of games, but despite setbacks including hamstring injuries, broken collarbones and a broken eye socket, he never thought of giving away the game he loves.

“There have been a lot of setbacks, but it is for a good cause,” he said.

Griggs said last season was his best, but he feels both his game and the team’s performance was better in 2017 and they were a strong chance to once again make the grand final.

“Last year was a bit of a shock to get there from where we had come from,” he said.

“We have a more consistent side this year.”

Griggs said some of his best memories in football included making his debut and playing in a few Landmark Country Championship grand finals.

But the one that stood out the most was playing league football alongside his two brothers.

“That was pretty special,” he said.

“I enjoyed that a lot.”

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