Sironen, Tunks to share stories

PLENTY of yarns will be spun in Lismore tomorrow when Tommy’s hosts two 1980s rugby league hard men at their sportsmen’s lunch.

Paul Sironen and Peter Tunks will be guest speakers and are sure to share stories from the life and times of a professional footballer in the ’80s.

If you ask him, Sironen, the Balmain Tigers, NSW and Australia enforcer who made electrical tape around the head fashionable, will share tales of the heartbreaking 1989 grand final loss, a season in Hawaii playing American football, a season playing league in France, resigning as captain of his famous club and the pointy end of English foe Barrie McDermott’s elbow, which he felt the full flying force of in a 1994 Kangaroos tour match.

Tunks, a no-nonsense prop-forward journeyman, played for South Sydney, Canterbury-Bankstown, Penrith, NSW and Australia, and also captained Leeds.

Tunks won premierships with the Bulldogs in 1984 and ’85 then achieved the ultimate club success before captaining them to a third in 1989.

Both men will wet their whistle then release some tales tomorrow at Tommy’s from 12.30pm.

For tickets, phone 66224288.



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