Our local experts have their say on this weekend’s NRL Grand Final:
THE climax of the National Rugby League season is only two days away, so we asked people around town who they think will take out this year’s premiership.
With the minor premiers Melbourne Storm taking on the rejuvenated North Queensland Cowboys, it’s sure to be an epic battle between to powerhouses of the competition.
Here’s how a few locals think the big dance will pan out: Graeme McCullough – local larrikin: “I like the Cowboys. They’ve been consistent, it’s 1st v 8th, we’re due for an upset and history always re-writes itself. Is that enough sporting cliches for you? I think it will go to extra time and they’ll win by a field goal.” David Littleproud – Maranoa MP: “The Cowboys to win in golden point by one point, with Morgan kicking the field goal.” Paul McVeigh – Mayor: “The Storm are an outstanding team and they have all the talent. But the Cowboys just have outstanding teamsmanship and a will to win that I think will get them over the line. Cowboys by three points.” Pat Weir – Member for Condamine: “I think the Cowboys will win, I’ve always been a supporter of them and they are a Queensland team. I’m hoping they create history and become the first team to win from eighth. They play a great style of footy and I think they will win by 10 points.” Mick Doyle – Herald’s rugby league reporter: “Like many people I believe this will be a tightly contested grand final. Four weeks ago I would have laughed at the prospect of the Cowboys winning the premiership, but I think they will. The Melbourne Storm are a team of champions but they appear stressed.
Any team that has Matt Scott available and chooses not to play him, is ready to prove they are the best team in rugby league. Cowboys by 8.
Tom Kelly – Dalby
Diehards president: “I think the Storm will win comfortably, they’ve been the top team all year.
The Cowboys are running on emotion and anything can happen in the grand final, but I think the quality players the Storm have will
get them home. Storm by 20 points.” Anthony Alexander – Dalby Herald footy tipping
winner: “I think the Cowboys will win because they have had a great run in the semi-finals. I think they’ll get up by two points.”
PREMIERSHIP QUALITY: The Cowboys are the hot tip to win this year’s NRL Grand Final according to our local experts, with Michael Morgan the key to their success.