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Origin Bender

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Friday 7th June 2024
12.00pm - 4.30pm

'The Shed' at the
Banana Bender Pub

73 Frizzo Road, Palmview QLD 4553

$200 per ticket
Tables of 5 or 10 available

Dress code:
State of Origin theme
Maroon vs Blue!

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Special Guests

Des Dowling


Des has carved out a career as a top line comedian and corporate entertainer travelling the length and breadth of Australia. He’s headlined at Australia’s premier comedy clubs and performed his own sold out comedy/sketch show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Combining his comedic and television skills he worked for two years writing and directing sketches for the hugely successful AFL Footy Show and wrote and directed three half-hour documentaries for Arena Television’s Day In The Life series. He also wrote and directed  Ch 10’s, Logie nominated, comedy mockumentary series Mark Loves Sharon.


Gorden Tallis

Special Guest

Gorden, AKA The Raging Bull, is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1990s and 2000s. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative second-row forward, he captained both these teams as well as the Brisbane Broncos with whom he won the 1997, 1998 and 2000 Grand Finals, after starting his career with the St. George Dragons in Sydney.


At the peak of his career Tallis was considered as the best second-row forward in the world[4] and in 2008 was named in an Indigenous Australian rugby league team of the century. He is currently a commentator and pundit for the Fox Sports network. He served as a National Rugby League board member and was a member of the board of directors for the North Queensland Cowboys.

Steve 'Blocker' Roach

Special Guest

Steve Roach was the country's leading prop during the late 1980s. Wollongong-raised Roach was a mainstay of NSW and Australian teams during this period, when he became a cult figure at Leichhardt Oval. Roach played 185 games for Balmain in a forward pack that also included fellow internationals Paul Sironen, Wayne Pearce and Benny Elias.

At 178cm, Roach was known for his powerful runs close to the rucks. Large, skilful hands enabled him to become a wonderful ball player, and he combined this with a fearless, sometimes fiery approach. Roach's representative career began in 1984 when he was called into the NSW side.

Barring injury, he was a regular selection until 1991, except in 1989 when frequent excursions to the sin-bin contributed to his omission. A broken ankle curtailed Roach's representative career, after 17 Origin appearances and 19 Test caps.

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Greg Ritchie

Event MC

One of the true characters and raconteurs of Australian Sport, and affectionately known as “Fat Cat”, the burly Ritchie has been entertaining audiences on and off the pitch since 1982.

As a Test Cricketer, Greg Ritchie headed both test and tour averages in his first international tour, and was the only Australian to reach three figures in the 1982 Test series in Pakistan.

Greg Ritchie is regarded as one of Australia’s most hilarious and in demand after dinner speakers and is often called upon to MC and speak at events throughout Australia and around the world.

Book your table now for the biggest lunch of the year!

Ticket Price - $200.00 per person

Book a Table of 5 or 10

Address: Banana Bender Pub,

73 Frizzo Road, Palmview QLD, Australia


Covid Restaurant Cancellation Policy – If the event is cancelled due to Qld Health Covid lockdown on the Sunshine Coast, 100% of ticket cost will be refunded to the registered purchaser within 7 days confirmation.

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