Whit­sun­day cou­ple take in NRL grand fi­nal

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

A WHIT­SUN­DAY cou­ple wit­nessed one of the most emo­tional grand fi­nals in NRL his­tory ear­lier this month.

Fair­bairn Bak­ery’s Chris Bun­y­oung won the Whit­sun­day Times rugby league tip­ping com­pe­ti­tion this year, win­ning tick­ets to the grand fi­nal be­tween the Rab­bitohs and the Bull­dogs. Mr Bun­y­oung took his part­ner Kelly Sel­lars down to Syd­ney for the trip, which he rated as one of the “best grand fi­nals I’ve ever seen”.

“It was awe­some. There was a re­ally good at­mos­phere and the crowd was awe­some,” he said.

“Sev­enty per cent were Souths’ sup­port­ers and we didn’t see an empty seat.”

The emo­tion sur­round­ing the Rab­bitohs made the oc­ca­sion all the more spe­cial for the Whit­sun­day cou­ple, as South Syd­ney had not won a premier­ship in 43 years and had also been pre­vi­ously kicked out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The whole crowd, even some Bull­dogs were cheer­ing...it was his­tory in the mak­ing,” Mr Bun­y­oung said.

“I’m not a Souths’ sup­porter but it was good to see them win it. A lot of peo­ple there jumped on the band­wagon.”

Mr Bun­y­oung said it was a “cracker game” and de­spite the score line, it wasn’t all oneway traf­fic.

The baker backed English­man Sam Burgess for the Clive Churchill Medal pregame, and the per­for­mance that fol­lowed his gam­ble paid off in spades.

Burgess frac­tured his cheek in the match’s first tackle, but bravely played on.

“I thought some­thing was wrong but I wasn’t aware he had bro­ken any­thing,” he said.

“I thought he was a lit­tle qui­eter than usual and that he was lag­ging be­hind a bit but I wasn’t sure of the in­jury un­til the end.”

Mr Bun­y­oung said it was a “great prize to win” and that the com­pe­ti­tion was “well worth it”.

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