FLASHBACK: August 1967

Queensland rugby league halfback, Abe Weimers was seriously injured in an Ipswich club match, with his condition listed as ‘dangerous’ at one stage, as family and friends maintained a vigil at Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Weimers had played for Kilcoy against Ipswich Brothers in Ipswich, and complained of headaches in the dressing rooms afterwards.

The Kilcoy captain-coach had toured New Zealand with the Queensland side in May, and had taken a heavy knock in a match against West Coast at Greymouth. Kilcoy officials said they believed he had aggravated the injury in the match against Brothers.

A day after being admitted to hospital, Weimers’ condition was downgraded from dangerous to serious, and he was moved to an intermediate ward, where he came under the care of a private doctor.

Weimers did not play for Queensland again, finishing with seven ‘caps’.

In Brisbane club football, referee, Don Lancashire dismissed John Lohman (Brothers) and John Doyle (Easts) for stiff arm tackles at Lang Park, in a match won 15-7 by Brothers. Lohman and Doyle were each suspended for two matches.

In the Sunday Lang Park match, 11 tries were scored as Wests kept their finals hopes alive with a 28-21 win over Redcliffe.

At Oxenham Park, Nundah, Norths’ fullback, Peter Lobegeiger scored 13 points, to spearhead the Devils to a 23-5 win over Souths.

Also outstanding for Norths was young second rower, Glenn Harrison.

At Crosby Park, Albion, Valleys turned on bright attacking football to defeat Wynnum-Manly 27-12. Best for Valleys were Marty Scanlan, Ross Threlfo, Peter Bliss and Errol Stock.

In the Brisbane Secondary Schools Open Grade final, Camp Hill High beat favorites, Wavell 3-2 at Lang Park, with Test halfback, Barry Muir on hand to present the trophy.

The Courier-Mail’s Jack Reardon earmarked Wavell forward, David Wright a future star. Wright would go on to play for Australia in 1975.

Stafford State School, under the organisation of state cricket wicket keeper, Lou Cooper, took out four premierships from five divisions in the primary schools titles.

Footnote: It is difficult to find follow up stories in the case of Abe Weimers. People can be critical of today’s journalists, but, I can promise you, that in a case as serious as that, the matter would have been pursued enthusiastically, with a view to getting a final analysis of the health of the player.

Abe Weimers

Abe Weimers

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