GANMAIN-Grong Grong-Matong star coach Christin Macri will retire at the end of the Riverina Football League season.
Macri, who guided the Lions to the premiership last season and has them well placed for another crack at the title, said yesterday his body was struggling to cope after 16 years of senior football.
“It’s becoming a real battle to get myself up each weekend and that’s a fair indication that my time is almost up,” Macri said.
“Ganmain has been fantastic to me and I thought it only fair that I tell them now and not in October.
“It gives them time to get the feelers out and hopefully we can have a strong finish to the season.
“I can’t complain about the run I have had, but physically and mentally it’s getting tougher and this season will pull me up.”
Macri, 33, started his career with Leongatha before having stints with Golden Square, Central District, Western Bulldogs, Williamstown, East Wagga, Wodonga Raiders and Ganmain.
He played in a flag with the Western Bulldogs’ reserves, Williamstown, Leongatha and Ganmain.
Marci played five senior matches for the AFL club and kicked three goals.
The Lions take on Turvey Park in Wagga on Sunday and Macri admits his line-up would go into the clash confident after recapturing some of their best form against Coolamon last weekend.
“We played the way we should and everyone made contributions,” Macri said.
“It was good to find some touch again.”
All-conquering Wagga Tigers should win easily against the Eastern Hawks.
The Hawks are clinging to fifth spot on percentage ahead of MCUE and their clash next weekend is expected to determine who makes the elimination final.
MCUE looks to have the answers against Leeton-Whitton and Narrandera is expected to edge out Griffith.
Coolamon has the bye.