GARY Newton is not a big fan of rugby – union or league.
But he knows when to pick sides and with his father John and brother Ben staunch NSW supporters, Gary felt he had no choice but to reach for a maroon jersey.
However he did not actually see himself getting to the game at the MCG tonight because winning competitions is not overly familiar ground for him.
It was, he admitted, harder to tell who was most surprised when the Riv rang to say his entry had won two seats at the game and a night’s accommodation in Melbourne – his wife Kerrie who got the call or him when she rang with the news.
“Kerrie actually did all the hard work, she collected 10 coupons and put them in but I still can’t believe one of those was picked out,” Gary said.
He was so unprepared for the win he hadn’t even suggested to his boss at Northern Constructions he might need a bit of time off.
And with his company flat out working on the Connections project between Tongala and Cohuna he wasn’t sure he would get it.
“But it’s all good now, after a quick chat I have a half day off Wednesday to get to the game and a half day off Thursday so I can get back to work for the afternoon,” he laughed.
Neither knows much about league and the rules but both said they were looking forward to the atmosphere of the evening.
“They reckon there will be more than 70,000 there so it should be something, and I have to admit when I have looked at league I am amazed how hard they hit and then get right back up and go again,” Gary added.
“I can’t wait to see that.”