Ray leads way in making right selections
IPSWICH'S top NRL tipster Ray Watherston was watching his challengers closely in the final weeks as he maintained his fantastic record.
He need not have worried.
The Ipswich RSL Services Club president collected the QT NRL Footy Tipping competition shield for his comfortable winning score of 268.
In his first year as a QT tipster, the Broncos fan rode the rollercoaster of results each week to lead from round seven until last weekend's NRL grand final.
Ipswich Cash Converters manager Warwick Lansdowne was runner-up with 254 points, with King Wally Lewis third on 252.
Watherston's strategy was simple: Follow the leading teams and get your tips in early.
"I was going for winners,'' he said, joking that he put a hex on the Broncos this year.
"You stick with the top of the ladder and look at that.
"One of the biggest problems with it was we had to put the entries in on Wednesday morning. I had to do it Tuesday night.''
However, that seemed to work this season.
The former aircraft instruments fitter in the air force also came third in the RSL Services Club competition, having missed getting his tips in one week. His QT selections that week were a perfect round.
"The guys in the club on a Friday night were in here saying 'yeah, we're following you','' he said.
Being part of the NRL competition, Watherston joined the other tipsters in Sydney to share in Souths' emotion-charged victory over the Bulldogs.
"That was pretty good. We were sitting amongst the Rabbits supporters,'' the second year club president said.
"Both sides were pretty vocal.''
Having enjoyed being a weekly tipster, Watherston is keen to return in next year's QT competition.
The QT NRL Footy Tipping Shield will remain in the Ipswich RSL club at North Ipswich for 12 months.