Profile - Mick Veivers
Mick Veivers didn't reach his sporting potential until he changed from rugby union to rugby league at the age of 19.
Five years as a breakaway five-eighth at Nudgee College, afforded a successful transition into rugby league in 1958. He signed as a second row forward with Souths to play in the Brisbane premiership.
Mick showed his dedication by driving by his FB Holden the 140-mile return trip on gravel road from Beechmont to Brisbane up to five times a week to train and play.
With Souths for five years he represented Brisbane on several occasions in the Bulimba Cup before signing with Souths in Toowoomba in 1964. Mick represented the Clydesdales in the Bulimba Cup before moving to Sydney to play for Manly and began earning extra money as a fashion model.
He played 66 first grade games in the front row before an injury to his cruciate ligament in 1969 forced retirement at the age of 30.
Over his 11 year first grade career Mick made two grand final appearances but didn't win a premiership.
Mick represented Queensland 10 times and was the first ever Rugby League player to represent Queensland and New South Wales in consecutive years.
He represented the Blues five times gaining selection in the Australian team as a second rower.
Mick represented Australia in six test matches and numerous International games against New Zealand and Great Britain.
The highlight of his career came when Australia beat England in what became known as the battle of Brisbane in 1966.
Promoters sold more tickets than Lang Park had seats, causing fans to storm the ground.
The excess crowd was ushered in along the sidelines, and at times were so close to the field, they became very much apart of the game as players were tackled into touch.
Australia won the test 6-4 (no tries were scored) and went on to win the series.
Mick's love of sport extended to his working life where he became a rugby league commentator for 14 years and than entered the political area where he was elected Member for Sport and Emergency Services.
Mick is patron for numerous sporting organizations and continues to support the development of sport at all levels.
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