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Bennett, Lockyer in line for milestones

By Wayne Heming 29/08/2008 07:37:00 PM Comments (0)

Memorable milestones for Brisbane duo Wayne Bennett and Darren Lockyer or a fitting farewell for Bulldogs' favourite Steve Folkes?

Folkes' 30-year relationship as a player and coach with the Bulldogs has had a sour ending with the Sonny Bill Williams fiasco and the club's fight to fend off the wooden spoon.

His players will have to pull out something very special at ANZ Stadium on Sunday if they are to give their coach a fitting farewell and deny Bennett and Lockyer memorable milestones before their dynamic partnership is split next season.

Lockyer will run out for his 300th game for the Broncos on Sunday.

His lifetime coach, who is heading to the Dragons next season, is poised to ring up his 350th NRL win and his 333rd for a club he's led to six premierships and 17 straight finals series in 21 seasons.

Their combination has been almost unbeatable at club, Origin and Test level since they came together in 1995.

To share such significant milestones on the same day before going their separate ways would no doubt be special.

Bennett's 349 wins from 550 games - including six grand finals from six appearances - is 65 more than his nearest rival Tim Sheens and 88 more than Bob Fulton (261 wins).

Lockyer's 299 first grade games includes a handful of World Club Challenge matches which means officially he will have to wait until next season to become the 11th player to have celebrated 300 NRL games.

Brisbane forward Nick Kenny, who signed a new deal this week, spoke for his teammates when he was asked about Lockyer's effort to play 300 games for the one club.

"It's an honour just to play with the guy," said Kenny.

"To be part of his 300th game on the weekend will be awesome.

"I just hope we can reward him with a win."

The Bulldogs players will feel the same about making sure their coach remembers his last home game fondly.

Folkes, who wore the blue and white with pride for 245 games and played in six grand finals, has been knocking around Belmore for 30 years.

He's been through the highs and lows, winning a premiership in 2004 and having one taken from him in 2002 after 17 straight wins only to be stripped of premiership points for rorting the salary cap.

The Williams saga and his player's effort to win only five games this season have turned his farewell season sour.

He said recently he could handle the Williams affair, it was the club's failure to perform which hurt him more.

"It would have been ideal for me to finish with the club playing good football, but I guess that's football isn't it?," said Folkes.

"Sometimes you have fairytales, sometimes you have nightmares.

"This has been a nightmare."

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