AFTER a gripping semi-final showdown a month ago resulted in a 4-nil win to the Sydney Roosters over Manly, few people could argue it won’t be just as close when the two meet in Sunday’s National Rugby League grand final.
But, in the kind of prediction Paul the octopus would be proud of, young Roosters fan Sam Commins isn’t one of those people.
“We’re better than Manly,” Commins fired.
“We’ll win by 100.”
Grand final fever has taken over Orange with over 100 kids taking part in a NRL grand final clinic at the Orange PCYC.
Normally a haven for netballers of a weekend, on Thursday the PCYC was flooded with Michael Jennings-like shimmie shimmie whooshes and Daly Cherry-Evans (DCE) banana kicks as the kids lapped up the clinic.
A DCE fan, Jack Allen is confident his Sea Eagles can roll on and win their first premiership since 2011.
“I think it’ll be a good game on Sunday, a close game,” Allen said, before predicting Brett Stewart will pick up the Clive Churchill medal for man of the match honours.
NRL development officers have run similar clinics this week in Canowindra, Mudgee and Dubbo, but none have reached the fever-pitch levels experienced in Orange yesterday morning.
“This has been the biggest,” the NRL’s Daniel Swan said.
“We’ve had decent numbers but this is almost double the others.
“A lot of Manly and Roosters supports have come out of the woodwork. We try to incorporate that, play a little game, one team being the Roosters and one team being Manly.
“It makes them a little more excited for it. It might be their grand final side.”