Footy tip­ping is back

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE 2014 NRL and AFL footy sea­sons kick off in just a few weeks, which is great news for pas­sion­ate footy fans as it means the Whit­sun­day Times tip­ping com­pe­ti­tion for both codes will be­gin again.

The com­pe­ti­tion runs for the length of the home and away sea­son, fin­ish­ing up as the fi­nals be­gin.

It is open to Whit­sun­day businesses with some great prizes up for grabs, in­clud­ing a trip for two to the NRL grand fi­nal and a home en­ter­tain­ment pack­age in the AFL.

Ev­ery week, the tips will be dis­played in the sport sec­tion of the Whit­sun­day Times, along­side a head shot and the busi­ness de­tails of each tipster.

Al­lan Robin­son, owner of All Ma­rine Ser­vices at Abell Point Ma­rina has been part of the com­pe­ti­tion since the Times’ in­tro­duced it in 2011.

He said the fun of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion was just as good as the great ex­po­sure it gives his busi­ness.

“It’s a good form of ad­ver­tis­ing. People re­ally do watch it to see how you’re go­ing. They come up to you in the street, tell you where you how you’re go­ing, where you’re go­ing wrong. Ev­ery­one has an opin­ion,” he said.

“And it’s a lot of fun, there’s a lot of ca­ma­raderie be­tween the tip­sters.” Robin­son, a keen Lions sup­porter in the AFL, was pipped at the post in the last round in 2011, and came mid-com­pe­ti­tion in 2012 and 2013. This year, he hasn’t es­tab­lished a plan as yet to bring home the ba­con, but he does have a few tricks up his sleeve.

“Don’t tip Collingwood,” he said.

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