Prince Wil­liam set to watch the Cow­boys

Touch­down in time for footy

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Alexis Gill­ham alexis. gill­ham@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE Knights may not be the only royal name drop­ping in on Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium this Satur­day.

The Bul­letin un­der­stands Prince Wil­liam will be in Townsville in time for the first Cow­boys home game of the sea­son.

The fu­ture King will be vis­it­ing the re­gion to in­spect the dam­age, and those af­fected by Cy­clone Yasi.

While Jupiters man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sean Knights said he could not com­ment on any guests for pri­vacy rea­sons, he did con­firm the pres­i­den­tial suite was avail­able

The last big name guest to stay at the ac­com­mo­da­tion venue was Guns ’ n’ Roses front­man Axl Rose.

T h u r i n g o wa MP C r a i g Wal­lace con­firmed there had been dis­cus­sions with the premier about a royal visit to Townsville but s ai d t he prince’s itin­er­ary was yet to be sighted.

‘‘ The State Gov­ern­ment is work­ing very closely with the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee but the fi­nal itin­er­ary is be­ing kept un­der a tight lock and key,’’ he said.

‘‘ What I’d like is to have a gi­ant com­mu­nity bar­be­cue on The Strand so he can see what North Queens­land has to of­fer . . . this is the most magnificent piece of water­front in Aus­tralia.

‘‘ Then we’d like to take him to Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium where he can bar­rack for North Queens­land.’’

Cow­boys CEO Peter Jour­dain said the club had held d i s c u s s i o n s a b o u t t h e prince’s visit and the pos­si­bil­ity of him be­ing part of the Cow­boys’ sup­port crew.

‘‘ It would be great to get him along to a game but we are still a long way from con­firm­ing that,’’ he said.

Townsville En­ter­prise CEO Trevor Gold­stone said a visit from the young royal would be a great con­fi­dence boost for the com­mu­nity.

He said while these types of vis­its tended to be short, it would be a bonus if the prince could stay a few days.

‘‘ The best thing about this visit would be the large amount of ex­po­sure around the coun­try and the world,’’ Mr Gold­stone said.

‘‘ It would show that while it’s been a dif­fi­cult time with the cy­clone and then the floods up north we are still open for busi­ness.

‘‘ It would also be good to get him in to some of the din­ing and ac­com­mo­da­tion which is q u i t e u n i q u e i n N o r t h Queens­land and great to get h i m o v e r t o M a g n e t i c Is­land.’’

Prince Wil­liam will travel with­out his fi­ancee Kate Mid­dle­ton, firstly vis­it­ing New Zealand to hon­our those af­fected by the Christchurch earth­quake and the site of the Grey­mouth min­ing disas­ter.

A RIGHT ROYAL YEE-HA: how Prince Wil­liam might look in a Cow­boys jer­sey if he turns up to Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium on

Satur­day night when the Cow­boys play the Knights

Art­work by WAYNE SHIELDS

Peter Jour­dain

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