Hayden Johnson

Civil war in the office as footy grand final looms

NESTLED among the usually quiet offices at Pialba's Ulton Accountants is mad Queensland Cowboys fan Bernard Whebell.

According to Bernard's Bronco-loving workmate Jayden Christie, the office can become a competitive area during final's footy.

"Working with him is very interesting - it becomes quite competitive and even more so this year with both our teams in the final," Jayden said.

As Ulton Partner and former Hervey Bay Chamber of Commerce president, Bernard is well-known in the community as a crazy Cowboy's fan.

"Most of them tolerate me like that mad uncle," he laughed.

"I've been told to keep off Facebook because my exuberance is a little too passionate - that won't happen of course.

"I think of myself as a northern missionary trying to educate the southerners."

It has been years of disappointment for Bernard with the Cowboys narrowly missing the top prize in the past few seasons.

"We've been robbed through seven tackles and the hand of Foran," Bernard said.

"It's our time - as long as the referee can ref rather that cheat, it's our time."

Predictably, Jayden refuted Bernard's claims.

"I'm confident the experience of the (Broncos) side will carry them over the line," he said.

Jayden Christie

  • Has been a Broncos fan for about 15 years
  • Will watch tomorrow night's game with mates in Hervey Bay
  • Predicts the Broncos will win by two points

Sharon Barrera

  • Has been a Broncos fan since 1995
  • Will watch the decider from home
  • Predicts the Broncos will win the match by four points


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