Wayne wows crowds but rolls reporters at Brightwater
Jun
18
2015

HE'S a prickly customer with plenty of premierships to his name and NRL master coach Wayne Bennett was up to his old tricks at Brightwater Hotel yesterday.

After finding his way to The Lakehouse function room, Bennett dodged local media who had gathered, waiting for a few words from the great man himself.

Reporters who thought luck would improve after heading inside were again disappointed, with Bennett asking for TV cameras to leave the function, before settling in for an afternoon of insights for the packed crowd at what was the Sunshine Coast Falcons' premier fundraiser.

But not to fear, the inimitable mentor soon warmed up, as the banter started flowing between MC Tony Durkin and Bennett, whose laconic, deadpan one-liners drew plenty of applause from an appreciative crowd.

A swift "no" when asked whether he would accept a knighthood elicited plenty of cheers, while there were even more laughs as Bennett revealed his ideal Origin evening.

"I'll be where I'm happiest, at home with my family (watching the game)," the super coach said.

"I don't need a glass of red or anything to enjoy the State of Origin, I'll be at home with my pyjamas on and I'll enjoy it."

There were gems of advice in amongst the footy tales too.

Speaking of how he handled his move away from the Broncos, Bennett said the ability to focus on his future rather than dwell on the past had put him in good stead.

"Just make a decision and move on," was his advice.

Bennett also touched on the challenges of modern-day coaching, as he regaled the Maroon-heavy crowd.

Courtesy of Scott Sawyer of Sunshine Coast Daily 

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/wayne-wows-crowd-but-rolls-reporters/2676082/


Upcoming Events
01
24
2020
The 2019 QLD Oztag Junior State Cup will see some of the best oztaggers from across the state compete for the cup!
01
31
2020
The AOCRA National Sprint Titles will see hundreds of paddlers competing across three huge days!
01
24
2020
The 2019 QLD Oztag Junior State Cup will see some of the best oztaggers from across the state compete for the cup!
01
31
2020
The AOCRA National Sprint Titles will see hundreds of paddlers competing across three huge days!
03
03
2020
Grab your oversized glasses and sequined jackets and prepare to paint the town yellow and pink - Sir Elton John is coming to the Sunshine Coast!
03
04
2020
Grab your oversized glasses and sequined jackets and prepare to paint the town yellow and pink - Sir Elton John is coming to the Sunshine Coast.
03
29
2020
Global sports entertainment leader Nitro Circus will return to the Sunshine Coast for the first time in three years next fall with their latest world tour, You Got This.
04
17
2020
A one day epic rock music festival featuring Live, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary!
05
16
2020
Sunshine Coast Stadium will host the Round 10 NRL Telstra Premiership clash between the Cronulla Sharks and the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.
06
19
2020
Sunshine Coast Stadium will host the 2020 Holden Women's State of Origin clash!
08
15
2020
Sunshine Coast Stadium will host the Round 22 NRL Telstra Premiership clash between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Vodafone Warriors.
See all Events

Have your next event at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Make a Booking
What's On

Become a Volunteer

Find out more

Like us on Facebook

Find out more

Follow us on Instagram

Find out more

Book a space

Find out more
Latest News
Oct
29
2019

Sunshine Coast draws NRL big guns for 2020

Four National Rugby League heavyweights will do battle on the Sunshine Coas..
read more
Oct
1
2019

New base to help the Falcons fly high

Some of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular sport stars have a new and ..
read more
See all News