Matthew Kennedy - has more potential of a role in our midfield over Blues
- Cripps/Gibbs/Murphy they are probably better served.
where we could argue he could take Jobes role - or at least fight with langford for it.
That’s the general make-up of Collingullie, a town about 26km northwest of Wagga Wagga on the Sturt Highway.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But for local boys turned GWS Giants Matthew Kennedy and Harry Perryman, the ‘Gullie’ is home.
“Going back home is always good fun,” Kennedy tells foxfooty.com.au.
“We catch up with old school mates and footy mates from back home. Catching up for a beer is always good with them at the Gullie pub. And if we’re lucky we get to see them play.
“That’s what I really miss about home and country footy, that real home family environment.”
Kennedy and Perryman grew up a year apart on farms about 15 minutes from the town centre.
When they weren’t playing footy on the weekend with the local club — against grown men when they were just teenagers, mind you — they were working on the land.
“If it was harvest time I was on the tractor or shearing sheep, just whatever needs to be done,” Perryman says.
“It sounds pretty weird, but when you’re out there by yourself on the tractor, you’re not thinking about much. You just go up and down. I love it.
When asked what Perryman would show his teammates his response was automatic: “There’s not much in Gullie except for the pub so we’ll probably have to go have a look at the pub.”
Kennedy had a similar response.
“I’d definitely show them the ‘Gullie pub, that’s the first thing I’d show them,” he says.
“And then I’d probably take them out to the farm, take them out shooting and on the bikes.
“We’d have a good night, light a camp fire, have a few beers and cook a barbie. Show them the real country lifestyle.”
Need our country boy - Heppell/Parish/Zerrett to give him a call. - He could be part of the country game.