BRING US LUCK: Shrek the Sea Eagle with (from left) Ian Trengove, Kim Gilbey, Melinda Autry-Hall and Jason Weimer. BRUCE THOMAS
BRING US LUCK: Shrek the Sea Eagle with (from left) Ian Trengove, Kim Gilbey, Melinda Autry-Hall and Jason Weimer. BRUCE THOMAS

Grand Final hype builds

TRUCK driver Jason Weimer hopes his front seat passenger will bring him luck for Sunday's NRL grand final.

Jason, an avid Manly fan, has had the family mascot Shrek decked out in Sea Eagles gear all week in the lead-up to the decider against the Warriors.

He's used to copping a few sprays as a Manly supporter, but he's attracted even more attention because of his mate sitting next to him during his delivery runs across the Coffs Coast.

"I have gone for Manly for as long as I can remember," said Jason, 32.

"I reckon they can win for sure and I'm saying by 12 points. They've got more experience in grand finals and and hopefully they can get another one."

Jason and his family will have a barbecue and watch the big match at home.

His boss, Ian Trengove, another Manly diehard, was also sporting the maroon and white today.

"I've gone for them since 1968, when they used to be known as the bridesmaids, the underdogs, when Souths were beating them," Ian said.

"I just started following them and loving them. There are two types of people - those who love Manly and those who hate them."

Ian and Jason shared a few laughs with mates at Bunnings Trade in Coffs Harbour, where staff go all out in the lead-up to grand final day.

"We wear our footy gear and put on footy food like mini-meat pies and hot dogs, jam donuts, steamed dim sims and savaloys," said another Manly fan, Kim Gilbey.

Plenty of Coffs Coasters are heading to Sydney for the grand final or have arrived in Melbourne for tomorrow's AFL decider between Collingwood and Geelong.



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