A classy, athletic participant, Weideman turned extra famend for his bodily brutality and assault on the person. He was a sturdy bodily presence, in a position to hit packs onerous for a mark and lay a shirtfront or a shepherd in a fashion that made the opposition conscious he was round.
“He was an inspiring chief and a great protector of his teammates,” teammate Thorold Merrett instructed the membership web site. “That dulled numerous his personal sensible play however he was ready to surrender his personal sport to do it … all of us benefited from it, however Murray suffered.”
He was Dermott Brereton earlier than Dermott Brereton; gamers whose popularity for bodily menace barely overshadowed how superb they had been as footballers. Each burst onto the scene as youngsters in premierships, performed centre-half ahead, had glamour and celeb about them however had been at core excellent gamers.
Weideman’s popularity was cast not solely in his 1953 premiership earlier than he was but an grownup, in a season through which he began within the under-19s then moved via to the reserves earlier than lastly breaking into the seniors on the finish of the 12 months and holding his place via the finals – it was additionally constructed on his 1958 premiership effort.
That 12 months Collingwood had been underdogs however set about roughing up Melbourne within the grand remaining. Weideman set the tone. Collingwood received the flag in a victory remembered because the Victory of ’58.
Weideman’s soccer CV is imposing. Two-time premiership participant, centre-half ahead in Collingwood’s staff of the century, a three-time Copeland Trophy winner, captain of the membership for 3 years, a consultant for Victoria in State of Origin, and a member of the AFL corridor of fame.
However the CV solely sketches on the determine of The Weed.
He was a showman on and off the sector. He was recruited to wrestling, when that was a sport or leisure in Melbourne. It was waning in curiosity on the time, and the injection of a sporting star from the sport’s largest membership sought to handle its slide.
He married a magnificence queen and was a daily characteristic within the newspaper.
He coached Collingwood for 2 troublesome years, culminating in a wood spoon in 1976 after which Weideman was changed by Tommy Hafey.
Weideman died on Wednesday night time after an extended sickness. He was 85.
Michael Gleeson is an award-winning senior sports activities author specialising in AFL and athletics.