KICK-OFF: Big names on hand for Men of League luncheon

LEGEND: Panthers great Royce Simmons, pictured with Mark Geyer after the 1991 grand final, will be a guest at the Illawarra Men of League luncheon. Picture: Craig Golding

LEGEND: Panthers great Royce Simmons, pictured with Mark Geyer after the 1991 grand final, will be a guest at the Illawarra Men of League luncheon. Picture: Craig Golding

NEXT Friday’s annual Illawarra Men of League luncheon promises to be a one for the purists with a who’s who of the game’s best ever hookers in attendance.

The event at Dapto Leagues Club will be MC’d by Parramatta and St George great – and five-time premiership winner – Steven Edge, who captained the Eels to their three-peat of titles between 1981-83.

Penrith legend Royce Simmons will also be in attendance as a special guest while former Manly, NSW and Australian hooker Freddie Jones will also be on-hand.

Current Dragons rake Cameron McInnes will complete the list of No. 9s (or No. 12s) at the luncheon that will also feature Men of League founder and Roosters and Souths legend Ron Coote.

It’s an honour roll that boasts 14 premierships and countless matches for NSW and Australia. 

Peter Fitzgerald from the Illawarra branch of the MOL said it’s certainly one of the best line-ups the Illawarra has hosted on it’s biggest day.

“It’s a pretty stellar line-up, certainly one of the best line-ups we’ve put together,”Fitzgerald said.

“Ronnie Coote’s won half a dozen grand finals, Steven Edge has won five and we all know about Royce in 1991 so it’ll be a good day.”

Tickets are available from Dapto Leagues club reception: 02 4261 1333

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