How to pick a winner
By TIM HOWARD firstname.lastname@example.org
TIPPING with the head and not the heart, even in one of the most even National Rugby League seasons on record, is the secret to success for Daily Examiner Tipping competition winner Peter Gibbons.
With one round of the competition to go ? Sunday's West Tigers/North Queensland Cowboys grand final ? Gibbons cannot be beaten out of first prize.
Gibbons said he detected the early trend of success for Manly, Cronulla and the Canberra Raiders and climbed aboard.
"As they started to go off, I jumped off them," he said.
Gibbons, a devoted St George Illawarra fan, said it was definitely a matter of picking with the heart and not the head.
"Picking up on the success of those teams early in the season got me through," he said.
Although disappointed the Dragons missed out, he has made a temporary switch of allegiance to the West Tigers for Sunday.
For his tipping prowess Gibbons wins a five-day Gold Coast holiday.
Gibbons joins the other footy tipsters and their partners for an all-expenses-paid trip to the grand final.
Competition organiser Peter Creenaune said the scores for the season were testimony to what a tough year it was for tipsters.
"Peter (Gibbons) averaged 3.95 wins a week and Peter Berger, from BEEP Fuel Discounts, who finished last, averaged 3.16," Creenaune said.
The Daily Examiner tipsters will fly down to Sydney on Sunday for the match, stay overnight in Sydney and return to Grafton on Monday morning.