Whitsunday couple take in NRL grand final
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”.