Grand final dream: Weaver

By Adam Wratten

Inspirational Murwillumbah skipper Glenn Weaver could hang the boots up after Sunday's Northern Rivers rugby league grand final against Seagulls at Stan Sercombe Oval.

The 32-year-old revealed yesterday that a Mustangs victory would be the perfect way to end his 15-year senior career.

"I've not made a decision yet," Weaver said yesterday.

"It's something I will decide on the day. If we were to win I probably would (retire), so it might be curtains."

Weaver said business commitments and injuries had taken their toll.

"If I could keep playing I would until put into the ground," said the second-rower, who runs a plumbing business with Burleigh's Mixwell Cup coach Jamie O'Connor.

"But business wise and injuries and things like that are a problem. "I had five weeks out this year with a medial ligament strain and I've never been one who has had injuries in the past. I hate sitting on the sidelines."

Weaver is just one of five squad members from the Mustangs' victorious 2003 grand final side that beat Tugun 24-22.

"That was definitely the highlight of the career so far," he said.

"But I think Sunday could be better with the game being held (in Murwillumbah)."

If the Mustangs are to beat raging favourites Seagulls, the former Murwillumbah High School student will need to be at his inspiring best.

Weaver is a tough defender and plays a crucial role in the middle of the ruck and his experience could prove telling.

He started playing senior football at the club when it formed in 1990 and he has not missed a season since, although he did have stints at Southport in 1995, Cudgen (1996) and South Tweed (1999).

But Murwillumbah remains home for Weaver who said the Mustangs were "an old-style club".

"Everyone gets along with each other even though there are guys from different backgrounds," Weaver said.

"Those that come down to the club are always made to feel welcome.

"Con (coach Con Theodossiou) gets the guys together well."



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