Townsville Bulletin

Minty’s NRL box seat

- SAM FLANAGAN

TOWNSVILLE may have missed out on hosting the NRL Grand Final, but there was still a distinct North Queensland flavour at the game.

Local media personalit­y Glen ‘Minty’ Mintern received the call-up to be the ground announcer for the grand final last night between

the Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium.

Minty said after the competitio­n relocated to Queensland, the NRL got in touch with extra work for him.

“I did the semi finals in Mackay and last weekend I did the ground announcing at the two prelims in Brisbane,” Minty said.

“Unless the grand final

was postponed and moved back to New South Wales I knew I was in the box seat to do it Townsville or in Brisbane.

“It was one of those incredible things that was a win-win situation for me.”

After working both the All Stars and State of Origin match in Townsville, being involved in his first NRL Grand Final capped off a remarkable 2021 for Minty. “This is absolutely a career highlight. It’s something very special,” he said.

Having worked countless major events throughout his media career spanning more than three decades, the veteran voice said he still gets butterflie­s in his stomach before a big occasion.

“Over the years I’ve done huge games for the Cowboys, Bathurst and hosted the gold medal ceremony for men’s volleyball at the Sydney Olympics,” Minty said.

 ?? ?? Glen 'Minty' Mintern was the ground announcer for the NRL Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium.
Glen 'Minty' Mintern was the ground announcer for the NRL Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium.

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