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The Quandialla Kid

From: Ben Blaschke, "The Quandialla Kid", Big League, Vol 83, No. 7,
Apr 25 - May 1 2002, pp 20-21.

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.

In 1992 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 clubman."

Reeves commented that he was saddened to leave Manly. "I love the club and it has been good to me since I came to the area from Wollongong in 1999.I have no regrets other than I have to give up my career prematurely. "The manner in which the club helped me through the last few months without putting me under any pressure was both professional and caring. "I wish them all the best as the rebuilding process takes shape.I'll always consider myself a Manly player."