“But I’ve got mates at Woodlawn and Coraki, their parents’ houses are fully under. It’s so sad.
“It’s hard having been in Melbourne, and I wish I could have got back up there to help. They’ve had no resources back home, no fuel, food or water.
“When we had the weekend off I was going to head back, but with our baby, it would have put too much stress on the family back home with so much going on.
“My family will be in Sydney for Saturday’s game, as will my mother-in-law, so it’s a good chance for them to get away from it all. People back home can’t escape it. They’ve all been on my mind the past two weeks. It’s been hard to focus on footy, but I also know I’ve had to focus on the job at hand.”
Meaney, 24, moved from Canterbury to heavyweights Melbourne over the summer and impressed everybody at the club with his attitude and willingness to learn. Even though Ryan Papenhuyzen has a mortgage on the No.1 jersey – Papenhuyzen will definitely start at fullback against Wests Tigers – Meaney backed himself to develop his game.
Even though he will start at five-eighth, a position he hasn’t played since his high school days at St John’s College near Lismore, he is more than up to the challenge.
Regular five-eighth Cameron Munster, who will miss the Tigers clash because of his white powder video scandal, has been giving Meaney plenty of advice on the all-important position.