Prince William set to watch the Cowboys
Touchdown in time for footy
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