What's On


Cowboys v Eels, Friday 24 August, 1300SMILES Stadium
Match day partner: LGIAsuper

Don't have a ticket? Head to the Cowboys Leagues Club to catch all the action live on the big screens!
Honouring our retiring co-captain Johnathan Thurston in his last home game!
Congratulations to our milestone players: Matt Scott (250 club games), Jake Granville (100 club games)!

*WARNING – tickets not secured through Ticketek Australia, our official ticketing agency, are not valid for entry to 1300SMILES Stadium for Friday's Cowboys v Eels game. To avoid disappointment at the gates, please do not book tickets through non-official vendors, platforms or individuals.


5.45pm: Gates open & JT tribute show
Hosted by 4TOFM's Glenn 'Minty' Mintern & Caro Tahana!

• Live performances – Isaiah Firebrace, Jade Holland & Trent Bell
• Fireworks display
• Tributes from special guests 
• Dance troupe spectacular (NRL half time)

Around the grounds
• Free JT poster and head gear and Cowboys flag at the gate!
• Get your JT mask at the LGIAsuper tent (inside northern gate), 5.45pm-7.50pm
• Summer Members Bar (western forecourt), 5.45pm-10.20pm
• LGIAsuper Community Hub (western forecourt) with JT masks, 5.45pm-7.50pm
• Live music at the Garden Bar (north-east corner), 5.45pm-8.30pm
• Free kids amusements (south-east corner) from 5.45pm
Free Park & Ride shuttle bus starts at 5pm (Kirwan Health Campus, Thuringowa Drive)

• National Anthem, performed by Amadeus Choir
• LGIAsuper Super Catch for Cash
• Milestone tributes for Matt Scott & Jake Granville
• BMD Team Talk
• North Queensland Stadium trivia
• Macca's family dinner box giveaway
• Shine Super Sofa Upgrade
• Cowboys Spirit cheersquad perform
• Junior performance – NQ Warriors

7.50pm: NRL kick off – Cowboys v Eels
Army honour guard for run-on

8.35pm: NRL half time
• JT Dance Troupe
• BMD Team Talk
• QCCU's 'Bring home the bacon' comp
• Westfund Hero of the Week
• Powerade Power Moment
• Townsville Bulletin Kiss-Cam

Full time: JT on-field interview and lap of honour
Please note there will be no opportunities for photos or signatures with JT.

10.20pm: Summer Members Bar closes

Post-match venue: Cowboys Leagues Club
Please note: The players will not be attending the Cowboys Leagues Club after this game.

Match day sponsor

To celebrate the phenomenal career of Johnathan Thurston, match day sponsor LGIAsuper are giving you the chance to win a Cowboys merchandise pack signed by the man himself! This prize would make a great addition to any rugby league fan's trophy or memorabilia room. Be quick – entries close 27 August, 2018! Enter now


Game day special: JT combo (JT tribute cap + JT 300 tee) – available only on game night at the merch stands (available in adults and kids sizing; while stocks last)! 

UBET Express: Visit the UBET Express (north-east corner) for a meet & greet with Antonio Winterstein and Aaron Payne, 6pm-7pm, plus a free cap giveaway for the first 65 people to visit the UBET Express from 5.45pm! (For 18+ patrons only.)

Fun & games

JT tribute messages: Leave your handwritten note for JT's tribute book at the dedicated stand at Captains' Corner (inside the northern gate), 5.45pm-7.50pm. 

#ThanksJT: Post your JT pics and messages on social (Twitter, Instagram) with #ThanksJT to be part of our JT message board at cowboys.com.au/thanksjt or on the big screen! 

Garden Bar: Relax pre-game with live music by Christi Jimmieson at the all-new Garden Bar, north-east corner, 5.45pm-8.30pm (open during NRL half time). 

Captains' Corner: Free FUN in our Cowboys interactive zone – photo booth, activities and game day comp – inside the northern gate, 5.45pm-7.50pm.

North Queensland Stadium stand: Visit the new stadium project team to view the latest images and ask any questions - located inside the western gate, 5.45pm-7.50pm.

Free Shine rally towel! Visit the Shine Lawyers marquee (located outside the Summer Members Bar) and collect your free rally towel to cheer on our Cowboys in the big game!

Free amusements: Fun and games located in the south-east corner from 5.45pm, thanks to Amusements Plus!

Mascots: Say hello to Bluey, Miss Moo, Crackles, Ziggy, Tavi, Billy the Blood Drop, Swordy and Howdy!

JTee Time: After each kick for goal, Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston's signed kicking tee will be given to someone in the crowd!

Your chance to win!

Macca's family dinner box giveaway: One family on the Macca's hill (northern) will win a family dinner box (for participating McDonald's restaurants in Townsville, Ayr, Charters Towers and Ingham).

Game day comp: Thanks to the Cowboys Leagues Club – win a JT cap & tee combo! Enter at Captains' Corner or the membership tent for your chance to WIN!

Game day doubles: Get your doubles tickets from the Cowboys Supporters Team inside the gates.


LGIAsuper Community Hub: Welcome to Townsville CityLibraries, celebrating 80 years in the Townsville community. Plus, pick up your free JT mask, scan your Howdy Club card for your Howdy Hat or sign up as a Howdy Club member with the LGIAsuper team!  

50-50 Charity Raffle: Get your 50-50 Charity Raffle tickets on game day – available online  at 5050charityraffle.com.au/cowboys or at the stadium from 5.45pm – your chance to take home 50% of the proceeds in a random draw, with 50% going to the Cowboys Community Foundation! Winner announced during NRL second half. More info

For our members

Summer Members Bar: Open 5.45pm-10.20pm with live entertainment by Chris Baker, great prizes, game day comp and free WiFi. Show your 2018 membership card for entry (south-west corner).

Membership enquiries: Visit the membership team at the northern ticket box or membership tent (outside Summer Members Bar, 5.45pm-7.50pm) for any enquiries. 


Official post-match venue: Kick on after the game at the Cowboys Leagues Club. Please note: The players will not be attending the Cowboys Leagues Club after this game. More info