Neil Worth (right) receives his Grand Final tickets from the Chronicle’s general manager, Jon Steel.
Neil Worth (right) receives his Grand Final tickets from the Chronicle’s general manager, Jon Steel.

Top tippers tie up the competition

A FRIENDLY, even robust, rivalry underpinned the battle to be the Chronicle's footy tipping kingpin of 2010 but in the end nothing could separate top tipsters Neil Worth and Rod Peterson.

Rod led the way for most of the year until he was eventually reeled in by Neil in the final round of the regular season to secure a tie.

“I was top all year, until he snuck up behind me,” Rod said yesterday.

But he only has himself to blame after he made a fateful mid-season phone call that spurred Neil to greater heights on the competition ladder.

“I gave him a sledge half way through the year, told him to pick his game up, and obviously it worked,” Rod said.

In the end it all came down to one game in Round 26, where the Manly Sea Eagles faced off against the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Rod went for Manly while Neil took a punt on the Bulldogs, which paid off and bumped him up to share first place with his rival.

Neil also needed to get eight out of eight in that final round to tie with his rival.

Yesterday he agreed it was the call from Rod that provided the motivation he needed to move up the footy tipping ladder.

“He had a shot at me on the phone about my footy tipping so he gave me a bit of incentive to catch up which I managed to do.”

The two ended the competition on 234 points each, locked together like St Kilda and Collingwood last weekend.

“Except there was not as much controversy about our tie as there is about that,” Neil said.

Unlike the AFL grand final draw they were both winners, each receiving tickets to the NRL grand final to be held in Sydney on Sunday evening.

Unfortunately for Neil, he will be enjoying the game back home in Hervey Bay, after a clash with his son's cricket championships in Mackay meant he had to pass the tickets off to his sister-in-law.

The rivalry is continuing to the last, however, with both winners picking different sides to take home the title.

Neil is making the Dragons his final pick for the season, while Rod thinks the Roosters will pick up the premiership.

“I think they've got a few more try-scoring options than what St George have shown of late,” he said.

Neil concedes his mate has probably had the last laugh by being able to make it down for the Grand Final.

“But I'll get him back next year,” he said.

Rod's not worried. He's off to Sydney for the weekend.



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