Two new parents have split the top prize for the Metricon GVFL tipping competition.By Alexandra Bolkas
New parents Jarrad Mason and Shane McIntosh have tied for first place in the Metricon GVFL Footy Tipping competition winning $5500 each.
Mr Mason said his good tipping left him feeling overjoyed and the timing was perfect having just welcomed baby Jordan into the world 11 days ago.
He said he hoped to use the money to extend his house and that his wife Emily was thrilled with his win, hoping it would ease the cost associated with bringing a new life into the world.
‘‘I knew I would at least come second, but (Emily) was hoping we’d get some money; it’s helped us a lot,’’ Mr Mason, 31 said.
Shane McIntosh, 42, said he could not believe he won.
‘‘With the baby, (wife) Dee wants a holiday, so I’d say that’s what we’re looking at,’’ Mr McIntosh said.
The father of two boys and Amelia, seven weeks, picked 88 correct tips to tie with Mr Mason after 18 GVFL rounds.
He said he scored some tipping help from a friend involved with the Kyabram Football Club.
‘‘When in doubt go Gus Underwood,’’ he said.
Mr McIntosh said the lead changed multiple times during the competition, but that he was able to take charge from round eight, with Mr Mason only catching up in last weekend’s final round.
Mr McIntosh and Mr Mason thanked Metricon and The News for putting on the competition.
Metricon Homes’ regional general manager Brian Murphy said he was proud to be associated with country football and that Metricon had three staff members playing in the GVFL.
‘‘The young families are worthy winners,’’ Mr Murphy said.
GVFL general manager Keith Wellman said it was marvellous the couples with newborn babies had won.
‘‘We’re very please to be associated with the footy tipping it created a lot of interest in the league,’’ he said.
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