World Cup of Tigers Dinner
RETIRING England enforcer Gareth Ellis will join Balmain greats at a World of Tigers Dinner on Monday October 30 at Doltone House, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont from 6.30pm.
The event is a celebration of Tigers at the rugby league World Cup with the likes of Keith Barnes, Billy Marsh, Arthur Beetson, Allan McMahon, Wayne Pearce, Steve Roach, Benny Elias, Garry Jack, Paul Sironen, Tim Brasher and Robbie Farah all figuring in triumphant Australian teams since the tournament’s inception back in 1954.
Former Kiwi internationals Benji Marshall and Bronson Harrison won the World Cup for New Zealand in 2008 as Wests Tigers players – turning in strong performances as the Kiwis upset the Kangaroos 34-20 in a dramatic Cup final at Suncorp Stadium.
Tickets $185 per head or tables of ten for $1750 includes meal and refreshments and locker room chat with World Cup final winners and ex-Tigers from five World Cups.
MC and auctioneer is Joel Caine.
Ellis, captain of Hull in the English Super League and a former Wests Tigers forward, has announced he will retire at the end of the season.
The teak-tough 36 year old will lead out the black and whites for their Challenge Cup Trophy defence at Wembley this Saturday – having just chalked up his 450th career appearance.
Ellis, who played 75 matches for the Tigers in the NRL between 2009 and 2012, is determined to finish on a high against the Wigan Warriors.
He will then bring a touring party of United Kingdom supporters to this year’s World Cup to be staged in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, commencing October 26.
The Kangaroos have lifted the World Cup a record ten times.
Barnes and Marsh featured in Australia’s 1957 World Cup-winning team down under while a 23 year old Arthur Beetson helped Australia lift the 1968 World Cup with a dominant 20-2 victory over France in the final at the SCG.
Blockbusting Balmain fullback Allan McMahon was a member of the champion Australian teams that won the 1975 World Championship and 1977 World Cup final, defeating Great Britain 13-12 in the decider.
In 1988, six Balmain players featured in the World Cup final staged at Eden Park in Auckland.
Wayne Pearce, Steve Roach, Garry Jack, Ben Elias and Paul Sironen
helped Australia topple New Zealand 25-12 to secure the trophy with half back Gary Freeman lining up for the Kiwis.
Young Tigers’ gun Tim Brasher and a rampaging Sironen starred in Australia’s 10-6 World Cup final victory over Great Britain at Wembley Stadium in 1992 – with ex-Tigers Garry Schofield, Ellery Hanley and Shaun Edwards spearheading the Poms.
Brasher again featured at fullback when Australia clinched the 1995 World Cup, scoring a try in the 16-8 victory over England in the final at Wembley.
Australia trounced New Zealand 40-12 in the 2000 World Cup final at Old Trafford in Manchester and reclaimed the trophy at the same venue in 2013 after thumping the Kiwis 34-2 in the final.
Wests Tigers’ premiership-winning coach Tim Sheens guided the Kangaroos’ fortunes with hooker Farah part of the triumphant squad.
Bookings Stacey at TIGERS Five Dock 8789 6300 or check website: www.tigers.org.au