Lismore Heights bowling club to host the big names of Australian sport

Mitchell Craig
May 11 2022 - 2:40pm
TALL ORDER: Former Wallaby Toutai Kefu will be a guest speaker at a flood fundraiser lunch at Lismore Heights Sports Club.
TALL ORDER: Former Wallaby Toutai Kefu will be a guest speaker at a flood fundraiser lunch at Lismore Heights Sports Club.

RUGBY World Cup winner Toutai Kefu has been added as a guest speaker for the Lismore Heights Sports club flood fundraiser lunch

Kefu played 60 games for the Wallabies between 1997-2003 and is the current coach of the Tongan national team.

He will join former Wallabies teammate Justin Harrison along with cricket greats Greg Chappell and Jeff Thomson.

Trevor Chappell will also be there to explore the infamous underarm delivery he bowled against New Zealand.

Kefu, 48, won a World Cup with Australia in 1999 and played with Harrison between 2001 and 2003.

He played in the Wallabies first Tri-nations title in 2000, which saw them win their third consecutive Bledisloe Cup title, the first ever time they had done this.

In 2001, he was part of Australia's first series win over the British and Irish Lions in over 70 years, playing in all three tests.

Harrison played in the final game of that series.

He had his first taste of rugby while attending Southern Cross University at Lismore.

In culminated in a Far North Coast first grade premiership with the Gold Rats in 1993 before he went on to play Super Rugby with the ACT Brumbies and NSW Waratahs.

He also played in a World Cup final on home soil in 2003 when the Wallabies made the final against England.


The fundraiser is the brainchild of local trio John Bancroft, Jeremy Bates and Brian McConnell.

Evan 'Banger' Bancroft will MC the event with money raised going towards Lismore rugby union and the South Lismore Bowling Club.

"The reason we went with the bowling club and rugby club is because they're privately owned facilities," John Bancroft said.

"They're not on council land so they really have to resurrect themselves; the rugby club got smashed and South Lismore can only really just use the bowling greens.

"Every ticket basically means a $50 donation to both of those clubs and we're looking at about 21 tables."

Tickets can be purchased for groups of eight with auction items including a signed Wallabies jersey, Queensland Reds corporate box and a Gold Coast holiday package.

"The Heights Bowling Club have been very helpful; plenty of work goes into making these events happen," Bancroft said.

"I've had members from the Lord's Taverners and East Lismore Bowling Club book a table, everyone is doing their bit to support each other."

The lunch will be held on May 28 from noon.

Tickets for the sports lunch cost $1080 for a table of eight with a three-course meal and drinks package. Tickets can be purchased by contacting John Bancroft on 0458 668 999.

Mitchell Craig

Mitchell Craig

Senior journalist

Australian Community Media journalist with over 10 years' experience in providing quality news and sport stories.