Bellamy and Bennett to come face-to-face at sportsman's luncheon
Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bennett will get the opportunity to discuss their coaching futures face-to-face when the pair speak in front of 300 people at a sportsman's lunch in Toowoomba next Friday.
Six weeks ago Bennett and Bellamy committed to speaking at Clifford Park Racecourse, unaware it would soon become the hottest ticket in town following revelations Bennett's tenure at the Broncos was under threat because of the man he will be sitting alongside at the luncheon.
At this stage, neither Bennett or Bellamy have cancelled on the patrons who have paid in excess of $175 for a ticket to listen to them.
Toowoomba Turf Club chief executive Blair Odgers doesn't expect that to change given the relationship both Bennett and Bellamy share with the event organisers.
"We've heard no advice to the contrary so we're full steam ahead," Odgers said.
"We're confident it will proceed. Wayne's brother Bob is the chief operating officer of the Toowoomba Turf Club. He also has a long-standing relationship with Craig.
"From that perspective we're confident they will follow it through. No doubt there will be some interesting conversations."
There's been a notable increase in ticket sales since news broke of Brisbane's interest in Bellamy on Tuesday night.
While it's likely to create plenty of awkwardness between the two modern-day super coaches, it will no doubt make for riveting viewing.
"There's certainly been a spike in tickets and people coming along," Odgers said.
"We've had them locked in for about six weeks now. We actually confirmed just prior to the Melbourne and Brisbane games up here last week. We're fully confident it will be fine. We're currently at 75 per cent capacity.
"They will be on stage and will be interviewed, then maybe we will take a couple of questions from the floor. Sometimes when you plan an event you can't organically create media and PR Like this.
"I must admit when I heard the latest news drop I thought 'this can only be good news for us'. Maybe it's not for the two gents, but hopefully they'll come along and have a good day."