Our lo­cal ex­perts have their say on this week­end’s NRL Grand Fi­nal:

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Sam Flanagan Sam.Flanagan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: MICHAEL CHAM­BERS

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.

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