‘The Sur­veyor’ crowned 2018 footy tip­ster win­ner

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - Amani Vassiliou Amani.Vassiliou@chin­chillanews.com.au

TIP­STER Craig “The Sur­veyor” Scutch­ings has taken out the win­ning ti­tle in this year’s Chin­chilla News footy tip­ping com­pe­ti­tion.

Craig fin­ished the NRL sea­son with 234 points, claim­ing the win over David Lit­tleproud by only two tips.

“It was a very close com­pe­ti­tion,” Craig said.

“It was a tough sea­son to tip, with a lot of up­sets and no real clear win­ners... any­one could have got­ten into the fi­nals.”

Craig has been in­volved with the com­pe­ti­tion for the past cou­ple of years “with no real suc­cess” but said “this year was dif­fer­ent”.

As the 2018 tip­ster win­ner, Craig re­ceived a trip for two to the grand fi­nal in Syd­ney on Sun­day, Septem­ber 30, with the prize in­clud­ing flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion, match tick­ets and a Dar­ling Har­bour cruise with en­ter­tain­ment, drinks and food pro­vided.

“It was mag­nif­i­cent, a re­ally well or­gan­ised pack­age and we had ex­cel­lent seats in the sta­dium,” Craig said.

“Iron­i­cally this was the first live NRL game that I have been to, so, it was a pretty good ex­pe­ri­ence to go from noth­ing to see­ing it at the top level.”

As a “south­erner” first and fore­most, Craig iden­ti­fies as an AFL fan. He said this de­gree of sep­a­ra­tion from the game and the teams were the se­cret to his tip­ping suc­cess.

“My strat­egy due to not so much fol­low­ing NRL boiled down to not hav­ing any par­tic­u­lar favourite team,” he said.

“I was tip­ping who­ever was the high­est on the lad­der, who­ever was the favourite with the book­ies, and if all of that was fairly un­sure, then I would tip the home team.

“It was un­bi­ased and un­emo­tional.”

Craig said pre­vi­ously he had the ten­dency to be swayed by his work peers at Fyfe Work Part­ners.

“We had guys very pas­sion­ate about NRL with some sort of bias for their own team so I was get­ting fed bi­ased in­for­ma­tion,” he joked.

Although he didn’t pick the grand fi­nal win­ner, Craig said he was keen to get in­volved again next year.

“It’s a good lo­cal comp and I would rec­om­mend any lo­cal busi­ness get in­volved be­cause it’s great ex­po­sure and it’s a hell of a good prize for such a small group of peo­ple to be in the run­ning for.”

To get in­volved in the 2019 tip­ping com­pe­ti­tion, con­tact the pa­per at rachael.green@ chin­chill­news.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NER: Mel and Craig Scutch­ings at the NRL grand fi­nal on Septem­ber 30.

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