Cody Weightman Dad: Dr. Dale Weightman is a former Australian rules footballer who represented the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League for a number of years (AFL).
Weightman, affectionately known as ‘The Flea,’ was widely regarded as one of the best rovers of his generation, with his aggression, fearlessness, evasive skills, and constructive handpassing all contributing to his reputation as a premier rover. He enjoyed early success in his playing career, but he earned the respect of his teammates and coaches at Richmond by remaining faithful to the club during the club’s darkest days in the late 1980s. In addition, he distinguished himself as a representative of Victoria in interstate matches.
Weightman’s contributions to the game, both for his club and for the state, were recognized when he was named to Richmond’s Team of the Century and Hall of Fame, and when he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame the following year.
Weightman is the youngest of six children born to Brian “Reggie” Weightman and his first wife, Maureen. He has three brothers and two sisters, and they all live in the same household. After excelling in Australian rules football and cricket, Brian (who passed away in 2020) was regarded as a local sporting icon.
He played 289 games for the Mildura Imperials in the Sunraysia Football League, winning six clubs’ best and fairest awards and participating in four premierships during his time with the club. Later in life, he coached many junior football teams and was awarded life membership in several local athletic associations in recognition of his contributions to the community.
As a result, Weightman followed in his father’s footsteps by participating in Imperials youth competitions and earning the competition’s best and fairest trophies at the age of 15 and 17. He also went on to win three consecutive premierships while representing the Imperials. As of this time, Richmond was the sole zoning authority in the northwest region of Victoria.
Weightman moved to Melbourne with the Tigers in 1977, when he was 17 years old. He enrolled in Melbourne High School and was a member of the school’s football squad, which won the “Herald Shield” competition for schoolboys. These matches served as preludes to the VFL’s Tuesday night series games, which were played the following night.
Weightman initially came to public attention during this series. Meanwhile, on Saturdays, he competed for the Tigers’ under-19 squad, and he was a first rover in the team’s Grand Final triumph over Fitzroy in which they finished second.
With John Einsiedel and Greg Strachan, Weightman was selected for his senior debut against arch-rivals Carlton at the MCG in the first round of 1978. Strachan and Einsiedel had been Weightman’s premiership teammates the previous season and would be a member of the senior premiership team two years later.
A unique number of VFL/AFL players — including Weightman — have scored a goal with their very first kick. Weightman was named in the forward pocket as the second rover behind club champion Kevin Bartlett, and he has joined that group. It was a 77-point victory for him and his teammates, who were impressed by his speed and ball use. He kicked three goals and collected 12 disposals in the victory.