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Croker, Beissel, Woolford

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.


Mal Meninga

Mal Meninga comes aboard as one of our ambassadors

Custom Home Builder joins forces with Rugby League Great Mal Meninga! 

It has been an exciting month so far for Custom Home builder David Reid Homes! We have been lucky enough to have Mal Meninga come aboard as one of our ambassadors! Mal has played a part in David Reid Homes Australasia for many years now, by participating and coaching the David Reid Homes Pie in the sky All Stars. We look forward to the future and are excited to be working with Mal.   Mal Meninga Although each David Reid Home is unique, some of our clients choose to draw their inspiration for their dream custom home from our existing concept designs. David Reid Homes is able to adapt our concepts to meet your vision and create a personalised luxury home especially for you. Below are a couple of our favourites! Custom Home The Queanbeyan View House Plans » Custom home The Bridlewood View House Plans » Contact Us!
Croker, Beissel, Woolford

They’re On Again! Pie in the Sky! Part 3

Meninga, Croker, Clyde, Woolford.

These names represent rugby league and Canberra Raiders royalty and they’re joining forces once more for an all-star game in Queanbeyan this year. Launched, December 2017, the event has been dubbed the “pie in the sky”. It follows on from a match held in Hay in 2011 which brought many of the game’s biggest names together for charity. The match is the brainchild of David Reid Homes managing director Ken Beissel, the event’s major sponsor. Beissel came to Queanbeyan from Hay at age 16 to play for the Queanbeyan Blues where he played with Australian representatives Ian Thomson and David Grimmond. “I played with some of the great footballers of the era and under a great coach in Don Furner,” Beissel said. “What I wanted to do was give the kids an opportunity in my hometown to rub shoulders with some of the greats. Queanbeyan is a second home for me, I just love the place.” With so much of the Raiders history tied to Queanbeyan there are no shortage of club legends lining up to play and be involved.

Coach – Mal Meninga

Mal MeningaMal Meninga will coach the all-star squad. Former captains Simon Woolford and Terry Campese will battle for the armband. Jason Croker won’t be able to suit up due to injuries but has promised to run water. Some of the other names that have confirmed they will play include Bradley Clyde, Ken Nagas, Brett Mullins, Quentin Pongia, Matt Geyer and potentially Nathan Hindmarsh. Former NRL referee Bill Harrigan has confirmed he’ll take the whistle in the 80-minute match against the current Queanbeyan Blues side. Current Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is expected to play if he does not have coaching commitments. However, Raiders fans may wish not to see Stuart with the game scheduled for September 28, just days before the NRL grand final. All proceeds from the match will be split between Treehouse, a special needs support service in Queanbeyan, and a respite centre planned by community campaigners Yvonne Cuschieri and Paul Walshe. Woolford, who played in the Hay match, said despite having moved past their playing days the former players inevitably let their competitive natures take over. Quentin Pongia dislocated his elbow in Hay by not backing out of a tackle. “It’s something the ex-players really enjoy, not only the game but the function afterwards and being able to mix with the local communities,” Woolford said. “There’s plenty of guys that couldn’t say yes quick enough.” Queanbeyan-Palerang councillor Kenrick Winchester said he will endeavour to secure council support for the event and provide Seiffert Oval free of charge. “This is a really exciting event for Queanbeyan,” Cr Winchester said. “We get to support some of our amazing local charities in Treehouse and Paul [Walshe] and Yvonne’s [Cuschieri] respite centre. “I’m as big a Raiders fan you could find, I went out to the game in Hay and it was brilliant seeing the legends run around again. “Queanbeyan is the Raiders home so I know they will get behind the event.” Cr Winchester added the game will hopefully add to the momentum for an upgrade of Seiffert Oval. Attribution Elliot Williams, Canberra Times

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