Sportsman’s day out

IF you want to punt, drink and dine with three sporting superstars, the Club House Hotel, Gunnedah, is the place to be on Saturday, November 24.

Record-breaking hoop and larrikin guest speaker, Allan Robinson, and rugby league greats Nathan Hindmarsh and Danny Buderus will pack down at Mal Walsh’s local watering hole for what is being dubbed “A Sportman’s Day Out”.

The trio will officially open the new self-serve TAB at the Club House Hotel, conduct a punter’s club during the afternoon and sample a “few cold ones” with patrons while the barbecue nails a few steaks.

All three will be available at lunch time to mingle with sporting enthusiasts, young and old, and sign autographs.

Retitred jockey Allan Robinson holds the Australian record for 224.5 wins in a season and the most suspensions (111).

Hindmarsh and Buderus need no introduction to rugby league fans.

Parramatta Eels legend (now retired), Nathan Hindmarsh played 330 games for the Eels, 17 State Of Origin matches for New South Wales and 23 Tests for Australia.

Danny Buderus, who is still playing, has racked up just over 240 games for the Newcastle Knights, 21 State of Origins for New South Wales and 24 Test matches for the 


Last week it was thought Billy Slater was joining the trio but he has other commitments that weekend.

Club House Hotel publican Mal Walsh said that he “could not be happier if he were triplets” to have such elite sportsman in his pub for a day.

“We are really going to turn it on for them (the trio) and the patrons,” Walsh said.

“We’ll pull the whip early with autograph signings then a punter’s club during the afternoon will be most entertaining with Robo (Robinson) running the show.

“If you don’t get a laugh out of Robo in full swing, you’re in a very bad mood,” Walsh said.

It’s going to be a big sporting weekend for rugby league in Gunnedah too with the Men Of League running a lawn bowls fundraiser at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club on Sunday, November 25.

That day starts at 11am and costs $20, said North West Men Of League president Don Pascoe.

Nathan Hindmarsh unloads against the Gold Coast Titans in August. Photo: Matt Roberts/Getty Images

Nathan Hindmarsh unloads against the Gold Coast Titans in August. Photo: Matt Roberts/Getty Images