Symonds a late starter but a big hit

A PROBLEM with planes meant he couldn't arrive on time, but Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds still managed to be a big hit with the crowd at the Kingscliff Beach Club's sportsman's lunch on Friday.

More than 100 sports fans came along to listen to Test legend Jeff "Thommo" Thomson and Andrew "Roy" Symonds, and to help raise money for the local team in the QCA grade competition, the Gold Coast Dolphins.

The event was hosted by well-known entertainer Greg Doolan.

The memorabilia auction, which included a Titans jersey, Ian Healy's wicket-keeping gloves and other signed cricket items, raised $6000-$7000 for the cricket club, which includes some of the best and brightest from throughout the Gold Coast and Tweed including Symonds.

Symonds arrived almost two hours later than expected after changing from Virgin to Jetstar and back again to get a flight that would get him back from Sydney where he had appeared on The Football Show the night before.

Despite the wait, the fans stayed on and cheered when he arrived to chat about his life in cricket and starting out with the Dolphins.



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