The Glen Innes Magpies Old Boys are gearing up for another Sportsmans Dinner after the inaugural event in 2020 was a resounding success.
Tales were told and laughs were had when the Old Boys launched the event and this year is expected to replicate that. Greg Ritchie is coming back for his second stint and racing Hall of Famer Jim Cassidy will also be a guest speaker at the event on December 11.
"We did the first one last year which was pretty successful so we thought we would continue again this year," Old Boys president Gav Petersen said.
"We are also commemorating the 91 first grade side, it is the 30th anniversary of the first grade winning side from that year.
"I think last year was just a really good laidback evening with a lot of laughs.
"We had Greg Ritchie last year which was quite funny and he is coming back.
"We have Jim Cassidy who was a jockey from the 90s to the 2000s era, he has got a few insightful stories which are meant to be quite funny as well. It is moreorless about enjoying the evening."
Ritchie is a former international cricketer who played in 30 Test matches and 44 One Day Internationals.
He made his Test debut in Pakistan in 1982 and notched up his first century, 106 not out, in his second Test.
In his domestic career for Queensland, Ritchie made more than 6000 runs.
Former jockey Jim Cassidy had an illustrious career at the top of his game for nearly four decades.
After beginning his career in his home country of New Zealand famously rode Kiwi from last place heading into the straight to win the 1983 Melbourne Cup.
He won his second Cup aboard Might and Power more than a decade later in 1997. Cassidy also managed Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, Australian Derby and Golden Slipper wins throughout his career.
The event is on December 11 at the Services Club from 5pm. Tickets are $65 per person with a two course meal and are available at the club.
The Old Boys have put more than $40,000 back into the local community and funds raised from the dinner will go back to locals.
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