As you know, I was away last weekend, busying myself with 20 Things to Do on the Sunshine Coast. One thing lots of people did last weekend on the Sunshine Coast, in fact all around Australia, was watch the NRL Grand Final. NRL, of course, is the National Rugby League.
Personally I didn’t get overly excited about watching this game, wrong shape ball and goal for me…
So I wasn’t too put out when we were eating fish and chips by the beach as the game kicked off. As soon as we’d finished with that though, we drove back towards the town centre and I dropped the girls off at the pub before continuing on to drop the car off at our rental.
Throughout the 15 minute walk back to the pub I passed many houses with TVs on at full volume, but it was still quite difficult to make out the commentary amongst all the shouting and cheering of those watching. I was already beginning to regret not making sure I was in position to watch the game from the start, after all, I love State of Origin.
“No worries” I thought, “at least I’ll catch the rest of the game when I get to the pub.”
When I did get to the pub it was jampacked with supporters from both sides shouting and hollering at the large screen TV. Sadly for me though, there were just five minutes left to play. We can kind of recreate that situation here, now, except with just 60 seconds left to play. Before we do though, let me just fill you in on a few important details in case you don’t know.
- The Broncos are in maroon and gold and the Cowboys are in white tops
- The game ends as soon as the ball goes out of play after 80 minutes has passed
- Scoring; four points for a try, two for a penalty kick and one for a dropkick in open play
- In the event of a draw after full-time, its sudden death; the next team to score anything at all wins
- Jonathan Thurston is a legend here in Queensland and plays for the Cowboys
- The Cowboys are from Townsville in North Queensland and have never won a Grand Final
- The Broncos are from Brisbane and have won three Grand Finals, more than any other team
- The score is displayed prominently bottom centre of the screen and the time already played is in between as we join it in the 79th minute
Please enjoy the final moments of what is now being called the greatest NRL Grand Final of all time…
Redemption for JT.
NRL is very popular in Australia, it’s probably the third most watched sport after cricket and AFL. The NRL’s top league has 16 teams in it and the top four at the end of the season battle it out in a semi-final, and then the game you have just seen, the Grand Final.
This was the first time two Queensland sides met in the final and it was certainly a corker. Next year I’ll see if I can manage to watch it from the start.