It’s tempting to say never has there been more riding on one game of rugby league, but while that might be a slight exaggeration, it was certainly the case for some nervous contestants in The Courier’s NRL tipping competitions on Saturday.
After 26 weeks of toing-and-froing the result of both the business house and readers’ competitions came down to which team won the Manly Sea Eagles-Penrith Panthers game.
And the 28-12 victory to the Sea Eagles sparked joy for two Parramatta Eels fans. That win ensured Veronica Dewar would win the readers’ competition and Integrity Realty would emerge victorious among the business houses.
Mrs Dewar, who a week earlier had seen a seemingly-unassailable lead cut back to one game by Dean Robinson, was as much relieved as anything else when the full-time siren blew on Saturday. There were also celebrations at Integrity Realty, where principal John Simpson was reflecting on a rags-to-riches story of sorts.