GENEROUS GIFT: Graham O’Driscoll was the winner of the NRL grand final tickets, but had to pass them on. PHOTO: GEORJA RYAN
GENEROUS GIFT: Graham O’Driscoll was the winner of the NRL grand final tickets, but had to pass them on. PHOTO: GEORJA RYAN

Peter catches footy ticket pass

IT HAS been a case of passing a hot potato - or tickets - but finally the holder of the two NRL grand final tickets from The Daily Examiner's competition has been confirmed.

Peter Bryant and his 12-year-old son Josh Bartram-Bryant of Tweed Heads will don their maroon and white jerseys this weekend as they head down to Sydney for the Manly Sea Eagles clash against the Sydney Roosters.

But it was a bit of pot luck for these two footy fanatics, because Peter's name was not the one we drew out of the box here at The DEX office.

Graham O'Driscoll of Tucabia was the initial winner of the tickets, but with only a couple of hours to confirm who he would be taking, and trying to figure out if he could get off work, it was clear to Graham someone else deserved the prize.

"I was really excited and it was a big downer not to be able to go, but it's good to be able to give them to someone who will really enjoy it," Graham said.

It was a few minutes after realising he would not be able to use the tickets that Mark Bryant of Pillar Valley happened to pop into the Tucabia General Store where Graham works.

"I asked if he wanted the tickets and he was keen," Graham said.

Mark said he was straight on the phone to his die-hard Manly supporter brother Peter to break the good news.

"I would have used them myself, but I wanted to give them to my brother and his son," Mark said.

Three hands later Peter became the proud owner of the two hot tickets.

"We're so excited!" Peter said.

"My eldest son Harrison is in a wheelchair so we don't often get to do this sort of stuff.

"So Josh is super excited."

As soon as 12-year-old Josh heard the news he was heading to the grand final, he had his Manly jersey laid out on his bed ready to wear, and a huge smile plastered across his face.

"He is absolutely hooked on league - he sleeps with a football in his hands," Peter said.

The pair will head off to ANZ Stadium this weekend for the game that, almost, stops the nation.



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