Beaudesert’s rugby league heart will be at the core of The Club’s Sports Talk on 23 June.
Former referee Lloyd Evans will interview local league fanatic Keith Gee about his time as a professional rugby league player, with the event kicking off at 6.30pm in the sports bar at The Club on William Street.
Raffle tickets will raise money for the Beaudesert Kingfishers, guests who wear their favourite footy jumper can win a prize and there will be nibblies and a courtesy bus.
Gee, who played for the Brisbane Broncos right from their very first match, played for Brisbane and the Gold Coast from 1988 to 1991 until he and wife Julie started their family.
His brothers Andrew and Mark also played professional rugby league, and the Gee brothers went down in history as a prominent football family.
The Beaudesert Kingfishers grounds, Willis Park, have been like a second home to Gee since he started playing juniors in 1972.
It was like a playground to he and Julie’s four kids growing up, and their three boys Alex, Sam and Charlie played for the Kingies all the way through.
Gee said Beaudesert shaped his time in professional rugby league.
“Those days were very exciting, fulfilling a dream I had as a young player and I was having preliminary talks with Wests and Canberra down in Sydney but as the timing went with the Brisbane side starting up, I didn’t have to leave home which was pretty great,” he said.
“I always believed I represented my Beauy teammates and the Kingies and the town of Beaudesert at that professional level, we had so much fun as young kids and teenagers and we always couldn’t wait for game day.”
These days, Gee is involved with the Kingies as a coach with Rob Brown for the women’s side.