Fans fork out on the grand final
By RENEE REDMOND firstname.lastname@example.org
SHAYNE McDonough and Sam Jones might not agree on which team will be victorious after to- morrow night's NRL grand final but they do have one thing in common ? their betting budget. "Ten dollars is a safe bet," the former Richmond River High School students said yesterday at the Lismore TAB. The two 18-year-old Lismore lads with a passion for their footy said they'll be glued to their television sets to watch the West Tigers take on the Cowboys in the grand final. "I watch it every year but the Tigers have been my favourite team since I was a kid, so it's extra special for me this year," Shayne said. "On grand final night I get a group of my mates to come over and we usually dress up in our team colours, have a barbecue, drink Tooheys New and jump around and yell at the TV when our team scores. "The guys get pretty excited
about it," he said. Shayne said he did not nor- mally put bets on the football but was certain the Tigers would win. "I've been through the hard times with the Tigers and they deserve to win. It's just their time. I wouldn't be putting a bet on if I wasn't sure," he said. Sam, who is not an avid sup- porter of either team, will put his $10 on the Cowboys. "I like Queensland teams and the Cowboys are usually a pretty good team," he said. Manager of Lismore TAB, Catherine Simes, said she expec- ted more bets to be placed today and tomorrow leading up to the big game. "We've had a few in already but most people wait until the weekend to place their bets," she said. "I'm personally hoping the West Tigers will win but I'm not allowed to bet because I work here."