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Michael Weyman Charity Match Up

Michael Weyman in action.
Michael Weyman in action.CREDIT:JAMILA TODERAS

The lush, green grass of Seiffert Oval is a far cry from Michael Weyman’s drought-affected farm back in Moruya.

But that didn’t stop the former Canberra Raiders prop from reliving his premiership glory – albeit in St George Illawarra colours – and selflessly raising money for those less fortunate in the Pie in the Sky game on Friday night.

The game raised money for charities Treehouse and Respite Care for Queanbeyan, David Reid Homes putting an All Stars team featuring the likes of Weyman, Jason Croker, Ken Nagas, Alan Tongue and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs up against Terry Campese’s Queanbeyan Blues.

It was played just two days before the NRL grand final between the Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on Sunday – a field Weyman knows well.
Mal Meninga and Bill Harrigan look on.
Mal Meninga and Bill Harrigan look on.CREDIT:JAMILA TODERAS
He was part of Wayne Bennett’s 2010 Dragons premiership, when they thrashed the Roosters 32-8.

Since retiring, Weyman has a cattle-and-sheep farm down the coast where the drought has started to hit hard to the point he’s hand feeding his livestock.

Luckily for him, he doesn’t rely solely on his farm and  also has a job as a sales representative for a timber and hardware company to fall back on.
Alan Tongue was all smiles on Friday night.
Alan Tongue was all smiles on Friday night.CREDIT:JAMILA TODERAS
“It has [affected me] a bit. It’s pretty dry down there at the moment. Hopefully we can get some rain soon. They’re predicting a bit this weekend so fingers crossed,” Weyman said.

“It’s very tough at the moment. We’re hand feeding cattle at the moment. It’s pretty hard when you start hand feeding cattle every day.”

The federal government has come to the aid of farmers, giving them financial assistance to help get through the drought.
Weyman said it was a big help for those in need.
Jason Croker looks on.
Jason Croker looks on.CREDIT:JAMILA TODERAS
“It does, but at the end of the day we’re governed by the weather. If we don’t get any rain you start losing stock and as soon as you start losing stock that’s when you start losing money,” he said.

“I’m lucky in a way that I’m not relying on my wage from the farm to live, but some people rely on that to live. When you’re losing stock as quick as they are it makes it hard.”

Weyman answered a call from Pie in the Sky organiser Ken Beissel to be part of the game, having only hung up the boots a couple of years ago.
He played in last year’s Legends of League game in Gosford and will run out in it again on November 17, helping raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation.
Tom Learoyd-Lahrs takes a breather.
Tom Learoyd-Lahrs takes a breather.CREDIT:JAMILA TODERAS

The timing of Beissel’s phone call couldn’t have been any better.

“I was three parts charged when he rang and it sounded like a good idea at the time,” Weyman said.

Did it still sound like a good idea come game day? “No,” he laughed.

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Hay Magpies – Proud to be representing the community – By Peter (Parra) Montgomery

“Canberra Raiders and Australian Kangaroos Assistant coach David Furner sent … a copy of his training routine Have a look…” “Mate, I am full pre season training now getting ready for the game!”

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Monday- Jerrabomberra Tavern – Weights – arm curls x 10 Schooners (375ml) Tuesday-Tourist Hotel -Lower leg – Squats- power raisers -(stand up on stool with hand up high for the attention of bar man for another drink). Wednesday- Royal Hotel; Cardio – Boxing – arrive just after happy hour- and walk in with a pink shirt on then start singing Boy George songs- “Do You really want to hurt me”!! Then Raise your Fist and its on!!!!!!!! Thursday- Light day- Weights Repeat Monday then a quick swim across Queanbeyan river and wrestle with the water rats on the bank. Friday- Interval Training-Tourist Hotel 5 Schooners – Then Dash to Top Pub 5 Schooners- Then Back – Repeat x 5 Sat – Sun- Recovery Session- Civic Centre Food and Wine Day – Clubbing at Night- Finish at Moose Head – Monday morning 5 am- 2 hours Sleep Repeat Week! Cheers Furnsie.”

DAVID REID HOMES ALL STARS – A true great – Laurie Daley – By Peter (Parra) Montgomery

david reid homes all stars Laurie Daley“When one of the All time greats of Rugby League puts his hands up to come out and promote the game of Rugby League, you know you have a very special occasion on your hands. Laurie Daley took about five minutes to agree to play in the David Reid All Stars game – and that was five minutes to check his diary to see if the date fitted into his busy schedule. AND what a busy schedule Lozza has on his plate. He is coach of the Indigenous team to take on the NRL Allstars team, coach of the Country Origin team, he is commentator with NRL on Fox, as well as being involved in the print media, penning columns for the Rugby League “Big League” Program….” So…. Watch this space as we bring on the 2018 David Reid Homes All Stars “Pie in the Sky”

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