QUEENSLAND DERBY: Daniel Unwin and Michael Eade find no common ground when it comes who they back to win the NRL grand final.
QUEENSLAND DERBY: Daniel Unwin and Michael Eade find no common ground when it comes who they back to win the NRL grand final. Max Fleet BUNNRL

Fans gear up for a cracker final

WITH a gleam in their eyes and a grimace on their faces, Michael Eade and Daniel Unwin muttered a "may the best team win" as they shook hands in a very manly fashion.

The two Bundaberg men are huge supporters of the Broncos and Cowboys, who just happen to be playing this weekend in what may be the biggest head to head match between two Queensland teams in history.

Mr Eade, who has been a Cowboys fan for 12 years, said one man in particular would help the team take home the trophy.

"It's Johnathan Thurston's fairytale," he said.

"He is the best player in the world. Every bit about his game is just perfect, really."

Mr Eade said following the Cowboys came about on a whim but he had never looked towards on any other team since.

"I started following them when I was working out on a farm, I used to watch the games with the boys and the Cowboys started playing really well," he said.

"Now my three sons follow them too. They don't really have a choice."

Although Mr Eade is confident that the Cowboys will win at the weekend, Stormers Sports owner Daniel Unwin who said Broncos would take home all the glory.

"I think Broncos will win by at least 12. They have been pretty dominant all year long and they have got the outfit to do it this year," he said.

"The Cowboys have done well to make the grand final. I reckon they will come close but Broncos will run away with it at the end."

Mr Unwin said being a Broncos supporter ran in his blood.

"I have been a Broncos fan all my life. All of my family are mad Broncos supporters so I was born into it," he said.

"Ever since I was a little boy we have watched every Grand Final together."

The men plan to watch the game with their respective family and friends while cracking a few beers and cheering until their voices are hoarse.

The game airs on Channel Nine at 6.30pm on Sunday.



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