DINNER SPEAKER: Matthew Lodge (with ball) will be one of three Broncos players to join coach Anthony Siebold at Warwick Cowboys Clubhouse for the Sportsman's Dinner on Friday night.
DINNER SPEAKER: Matthew Lodge (with ball) will be one of three Broncos players to join coach Anthony Siebold at Warwick Cowboys Clubhouse for the Sportsman's Dinner on Friday night. DAVE HUNT

Call to arms for all league-loving fans to support dinner

RUGBY LEAGUE: Patrons are urged to get in early and secure their spots for the Sportsman's Dinner on Friday night at the Warwick Cowboys Clubhouse.

Three of the best players at the Broncos, Matthew Lodge, Andrew McCullough and Tevita Pangai Jnr, and coach Anthony Seibold will be interviewed by Broncos media manager Trad McLean on Friday night.

The dinner will be part of a visit by the Broncos to coach juniors on Saturday and play the biggest game of rugby league in Warwick for more than 60 years.

Cowboys A-grade coach Matt Grew said there was a lot of talk about the dinner but people needed to book tickets.

"They can pay on Friday night but they just can't turn up without letting us know,” Grew said.

"The dinner ticket price has been dropped from $125 to $100.”

The four dinner speakers boast 396 games in the NRL and Super League.

McCullough has played 236 NRL and three State of Origin games, Lodge has played 37 NRL games, including 25 last season with the Broncos, and Pangai Jnr has 54 Broncos NRL games to his credit in the past three seasons.

Seibold played 69 NRL and Super League games and was the 2018 NRL Coach of the Year at the Rabbitohs.

Past state player and long-time Collegians captain Les Lane recalls when St George Dragons from Sydney travelled to Warwick at the end of each season and played a Warwick team.

"I am 76 now and was around 10 to 14 years of age when I would go to the Warwick Showgrounds to watch St George played a combined Collegians and Eastern Suburbs side,” Lane said.

"Every sports supporter in Warwick needs to get down and watch the game on Saturday night.

"I am in a group going to the sportsman's dinner on Friday night. It will be a good opportunity to listen to coach Anthony Seibold and three of the players.

"This opportunity doesn't happen in Warwick often. Of the Broncos speakers, I have only met hooker Andrew McCullough.

"Our daughter Karen Hegedus taught Andrew in primary school in Dalby.”

The Saturday 6pm game will be between the Broncos and Souths Logan Magpies from the Intrust Super Cup and follow two games between Brisbane Wests and the Toowoomba Clydesdales, teams that will include players from Warwick and Wattles TRL clubs.

How to book for Friday night dinner

Buy tickets at Danny Lyons Sports or Tuesday night Cowboys training at Father Ranger Oval

Leave a message on the Cowboys Facebook page

Call Matt Grew 0457861212