NRL – JT & Cameron Smith’s Lang Park Testimonial Match
by Ken Edwards, 21 February 2018
Jonathon Thurston/Cameron Smith Testimonial Match
North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm – Lang Park, Brisbane
Friday, February 23: 7.00pm Local time (6.00pm AEDT)
2018 NRL Premiership Odds:
NQ Cowboys – Grand Final Winner $5.50 – Top 8 $1.25
Melbourne Storm – Grand Final Winner $6.00 – Top 8 $1.22
A Night of Celebration
On Friday night at Lang Park, the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys celebrate the careers of two immortals-in-waiting, Jonathon Thurston and Cameron Smith. Those careers span a combined 657 games in the NRL, 94 Test matches for Australia, 79 Origins for Queensland, six Dally M medals, five Wally Lewis medals, five Golden Boot awards and three premierships that will be celebrated with a match-titled, ‘A Night with Cameron and JT’.
Two legends began their careers together as kids
Theirs are careers that will stand the test of time as legends for as long as the game continues to be played, however their respective careers are bookended by the shared nature of their experiences.
Born 54 days apart in Brisbane in 1983, the pair shared the junior rugby league fields of Brisbane’s southern suburbs, however during their formative years, stood on opposite sides of the field.
No matter how hard Thurston tried to lift his Souths Sunnybank teams, Smith’s Logan Brothers team almost always came out on top.
As Smith and Thurston’s careers developed, they have shared numerous Queensland State of Origin and Kangaroos victories, and each of them have tasted multiple NRL Grand Final successes with their respective clubs.
Unfortunately, Thurston missed last years NRL Grand Final due to injury, an opportunity that would have seen the two champions share the limelight on the NRL’s biggest day.
Chance to say goodbye (For Charity)
The two champions will grace the sacred Lang Park turf for the final time together for Queenslanders to say goodbye and have confirmed that the Cowboys Community Foundation and Ovarian Cancer Australia and Prostate Cancer Foundation as charity partners for the event.