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Next stop Townsville for Lockyer show

Wayne Heming 07/08/2011 01:48:02 PM Comments (0)

Next stop Townsville.

The north Queensland city is the next destination on Darren Lockyer's farewell roadshow and rugby league fans have booked out every hotel, motel, backpackers and caravan bed within 100 kilometres to be there on the big night.

After celebrating his record-equalling 349th game with a heart-stopping 21-20 NRL win over the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, Lockyer will claim the record outright when he takes the field on Friday night at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Asked if he was tiring of the attention, the self-effacing Lockyer preferred to look at the big picture for two finals-bound teams.

"It will be a big week. Broncos verses Cowboys games are big regardless of any individual milestones.

"It's good for the game. It will be exciting for Townsville and will be great for our young blokes playing the Cowboys up there which is always a tough assignment.

Townsville hasn't seen an occasion quite like it since 2004 when they hosted Brisbane in a semi-final which the Broncos agreed to move from Sydney to Dairy Farmers Stadium.

The fans responded magnificently then and so too did their football team, upsetting Brisbane 10-0 in Gorden Tallis' last game for the club.

While cricketers traditionally grab a bail or stump as a memento of significant wins, Lockyer said he'd be happy to have the memory of Peter Wallace's 79th-minute field goal from his 349th game.

"There's going to be a few more of those games towards the end of the year," said Lockyer.

"I just want to be sure I perform to my best for the team. The rest is a bonus."

Wallace laughed at suggestions Lockyer owed him beers for his game-winning field goal.

"No mate," said Wallace.

"But we (players) spoke about it before the game and we all wanted to get the win for him.

"It was a big night for Locky and we're just thankful we got the win for him."

Wallace said his halves partner didn't talk about his career coming to an end.

"He's really good and, like everyone, knows he's so humble and says it's not about him. He puts the team first," said Wallace.

"That's the feeling that rubs off onto the boys and we took that into the game.

"We knew it was a special occasion and each week will be from now on."

Brisbane might have to tackle the Cowboys on Friday night without prop Ben Hannant (hip flexor) and lock Corey Parker who required about a dozen stitches in a nasty gash to his cheek.

Hannant was unable to come back for the second half and coach Griffin conceded he would be in serious doubt with the team travelling to Townsville on Thursday.

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