FINALS CHECK: Ballinas Laura McGibbon gets her Storm%paraphernalia ready to pack for her trip to the NRL Grand Final in Sydney
FINALS CHECK: Ballinas Laura McGibbon gets her Storm%paraphernalia ready to pack for her trip to the NRL Grand Final in Sydney

For Laura, Storms a comin

By ADAM HICKS sport@northernstar.com.au BITING your nails and screaming at the telly during the NRL Grand Final is good for you, according to Ballina naturopathy student Laura McGibbon.

The huge Melbourne Storm fan won The Northern Star's Grand Final competition and will be travelling to Sydney on an all-expenses trip to the decider.

But she says all the locals who can't make it to the game can still get a workout at home.

"You should've seen me watching the game against Parramatta," she said.

"I was sitting on the edge of the couch, biting my nails and screaming.

"I was wearing the Storm jersey, holding my Storm stubbyholder, and every time they scored I waved my autographed Storm flag."

Laura found out last week that she had won the tickets and now she will join the hundreds of local fans travelling to Sydney for Sunday's decider.

"I was at home and I just answered the phone.

"It was The Star telling me I had won and I just went crazy.

"I started jumping around the house and screaming 'I can't believe it'."

Laura and her fiance, Barry Phipps, fly to Sydney on Saturday where they will stay in Darling Harbour for two nights and attend a pre-game function and get category one seats for the match.

But with no television in front of her, Laura said she would not go shy on Sunday.

"I will definitely be screaming and 'oooooooing' if something goes wrong," she laughed.



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