The Quandialla Kid
From: Ben Blaschke, "The
Quandialla Kid", Big League, Vol 83, No. 7,
Brendon Reeves, who hails from the isolated Riverina town of Quandialla, was always a standout when it came to the sporting arena.
At 15 he was a member of Yanco's all-conquering University Shield open age rugby league side, travelled to Darwin for the Australian rugby league championships and represented NSW Combined High Schools in rugby union.
the Illawarra Steelers offered him a scholarship that
would see him move to Wollongong when his time at Yanco
was complete. Brendon forced his way into first grade
with the Steelers in 1996, but after three years in and
out of first grade was forced to look elsewhere when the
St George Illawarra joint venture was formed.
He joined Manly in 1999 and is only one of four players from the 1999 team to play for the 2002 Manly run Eagles. He showed his loyalty to the club by being one of the first to sign with Manly after the demise of the Northern Eagles joint venture and was instrumental in convincing other players to sign.
An injury riddled season and
increasing problems with a chronic knee and back injury
forced Reeves into premature retirement at the end of
2003. On his retirement Peter Peters said.
"Brendon's loyalty to Manly has been great and won't
be forgotten. He has been a wonderful player and an
inspiration to the young players coming through. "As
well as being an inspirational player he was an excellent