Murray Weideman

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Murray Weideman
Personal information
Date of birth(1936-02-16)16 February 1936
Place of birth Victoria, Australia
Date of death 17 February 2021(2021-02-17) (aged 85)
Original team(s) Preston Districts
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1953–1963 Collingwood 180 (262)
Representative team honours
YearsTeamGames (Goals)
1956–1960 Victoria
Coaching career3
YearsClubGames (W–L–D)
1975–1976 Collingwood 45 (19–26–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1963.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 1976.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Murray Weideman (16 February 1936 – 17 February 2021) was an Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He died one day after his 85th birthday.

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Personal life

The son of George Oliver and Hazel Howard Weideman (née Start), and the younger brother of pharmacist/parliamentarian George "Graeme" Weideman, [1] [2] he was born on 16 February 1936. He died on 18 February 2021. [3] Weideman's son Mark Weideman also played for West Adelaide (SANFL) and Collingwood; and his grandson, Sam Weideman, plays for Melbourne. [4]

Playing career

Weideman is probably best remembered today as Collingwood's 'enforcer' of the late 1950s and early 1960s, loved by the club's supporters, and loathed by those of the opposition.

He made his senior VFL debut in 1953, and was on the bench for that year's Grand Final, in which Collingwood defeated Geelong.

When regular Collingwood skipper Frank Tuck was injured and unavailable for the 1958 VFL Grand Final against Melbourne, Weideman became Collingwood's acting skipper, and kicked two goals. (Collingwood won by three goals.) The wet weather that day made the ball slippery and produced congested packs of players, which suited Weideman with his physical strength more than it did players who relied on speed and nimbleness. Despite this, Weideman's opponent, the Melbourne centre-halfback Don Williams, was (as often) among Melbourne's best players [5] —"though outmatched by Weideman in the last [i.e. the third] quarter", according to Tony Charlton's commentary in the Channel 7 highlights of the final quarter.

Awards

Weideman was much more than just the football equivalent of a hit man. He won the Copeland Trophy for Collingwood's best and fairest player in 1957, 1961 and 1962, and was usually among the Magpies' best players in important games. He retired in 1963 and was selected as centre half forward in Collingwood's official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Coaching career

Murray Wiedeman coached West Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) from 1968 to 1971, taking West Adelaide to the Preliminary Final in 1969.

Weideman made a brief return to his old club Collingwood in 1975 as coach. After a solid debut season which spawned an 11–9 record and fifth place on the ladder, things quickly went bad in 1976 as the club plummeted to its first wooden spoon. Weideman was quickly replaced by former multiple time Richmond premiership coach Tom Hafey for the 1977 VFL season.

Wrestling

Weideman's reputation as a football 'hard man' was utilised by the Australian professional wrestling promotion of the day, International Wrestling. While recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during 1962 season, Weideman was induced to enter the wrestling ring in a bid to draw publicity to the ailing promotion. He was paired with Italian-American veteran Salvatore Savoldi as his tag team partner, and generally put over by his opponents. While briefly serving its purpose in attracting publicity, it ultimately resulted in little benefit to either Weideman or International Wrestling. [6]

Footnotes

  1. "Weideman, (George) Graeme". re-member. Parliament of Victoria . Retrieved 1 December 2007.
  2. See for example, his brother's contribution to the 1990 Victorian Legislative Assembly's debate on the Collingwood (Victoria Park) Land Bill (and his interchange with former South Melbourne footballer, Bill McGrath, also a MLA), on 21 November 1990, at pp.2208-2218 of the Victorian Government Hansard of November 1990.
  3. "Vale Murray Weideman". www.collingwoodfc.com.au. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  4. Waterworth, B., "Sam Weideman reflects on draft expectation, famous surname, ankle injury", Fox Sports, 19 June 2015.
  5. See the report in the Melbourne Age: "Magpies end long Melbourne reign".
  6. York, Barry (2002). "'Good and Evil' - in the Wrestling Ring". The National Centre for History Education. Commonwealth of Australia. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011.

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