Tip­ping kicks off for 2014

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

SIX brave Whit­sun­day men have stepped up to com­pete in the 2014 Whit­sun­day Times NRL Footy Tip­ping com­pe­ti­tion, which starts to­day (see be­low) as the sea­son kicks off this weekend.

Justin An­drews from Reef­cool, Michael Brady from Cav­a­lier Homes and Mark O’Con­nor from Amal­ga­mated Pest Con­trol have all re­turned af­ter last year, and Steve Knox has re­turned af­ter a one year break.

New­com­ers Chris Bun­y­oung from Fair­bairn Bak­ery at Cen­tro and Michael ‘Wal’ Wal­ton from Rod Grit­tner Nis­san in Proser­pine have joined the com­pe­ti­tion, hop­ing that their pas­sion for the game will put them in the run­ning to win first prize, which is a trip for two to the NRL grand fi­nal.

All the tip­sters have a dif­fer­ent rea­son for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion, but all agree it is fun and great for busi­ness.

“I en­joy foot­ball, and it’s good ad­ver­tis­ing for us,” said Brady from Cav­a­lier Homes, who was pipped at the post in the last round in the 2012 com­pe­ti­tion. “This year it’s my turn to win.”

Reign­ing champ An­drews had some start of the sea­son ad­vice for the new­com­ers. “It’s a bit of a lot­tery at the mo­ment. There was mixed form in the tri­als, a lot of in­juries. I reckon it will take 4-6 weeks for the com­pe­ti­tion to set­tle down.” He also ap­plauded the ex­po­sure the comp pro­vided. “It’s a unique and in­ter­ac­tive form of ad­ver­tis­ing. A lot of people fol­low it.”

Cow­boy’s fan Wal from Grit­tner’s won sixth over­all in the 2012 na­tional NRL comp. He fol­lows the footy pretty closely, and hopes his knowl­edge of NRL will help him take the prize. The Whit­sun­day Times’ AFL comp kicks off next week and there are still some spots avail­able for businesses to join. Call the Whit­sun­day Times of­fice on 4940 2100 for in­for­ma­tion.

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