Around The Traps Column: Wicks farewell great, Emus of tomorrow, the next Larkham

By MARK CASHMAN

We’re into the 11th round of the Shute Shield competition and the phone has been ringing hot with all the news and views from the greatest club competition in Australia. Here’s what we are hearing:

So sad to hear of the passing of one of the greats of the RANDWICK club, five time Shute Shield winner, JOHN WEBER at the age of 82 this week.

I can remember watching Weber play for the Galloping Greens in the early 1970s when Coogee Oval ran east-west and the ABC was where you watched the game on Saturday afternoon.

Weber was a giant of a man, who played No.8 and lock and was the mainstays of the Wicks pack for more than a decade from 1960.

He played 244 First Grade games in that time breaking the long standing record of Cyril Towers.

Weber played in five Shute Shield winning sides sides (1965, 1966, 1967, 1971 and 1973) with his final game in the 1973 Grand Final against Wests. Like he did for most of his career, he went out a winner.