Business owners across town will once again go head-to-head in Collie Mail’s annual Footy Tipping Competition.
This year’s competition has included returning competitors Ash Stewart (Henderson Hardware), Greg White (White Building co.), Bruce Miller (Sportfirst), Corene King (Collie Florist), Leon Pitchers (LJ Mechanical), Troy Anderson (T and S Painting) and Angela Fleay (Collie Mail).
This year has also locked in new competitors Narelle Michalak (Bendigo Bank), Al Chapman (Collie Tyre and Exhaust) and Dr Zach Annandale (Dental on Throssell).
Born and bred in Collie, Dr Annandale recently returned following a stint in Cannington for work.
He said he was looking forward to taking part in this year’s competition.
“I’ve always been interested in it, we’ve always done it in our family as a family thing so that’s been interesting and also to get the name of the business out there,” he said.
The dentist has anticipated a tight competition this year.
“At the moment actually I really don’t know it looks like it’s going to be a really close competition this year, so I think it’s going to be quite difficult,” he said.
“Mainly, looking at how they’ve been playing in the recent few games and going from there, so it makes it a bit harder the first couple of weeks.”
Dr Annandale has supported the Fremantle Dockers since their beginnings in 1995.
He has picked the Western Bulldogs to win back-to-back AFL Premiership titles.
Mrs Michalak said it created conversation around the place and that Bendigo Bank staff and directors would help out with the tips over the year.
She said, if they won, the prize would be put up for grabs for the customers.
Mr Chapman said entering the competition was something new to do and a way of reaching out to the community.
He said he was usually pretty lucky and so thought he would do okay.
Mr Anderson scored 147 points last year to win his third consecutive tipping competition, taking his son Ty to the Grand Final.
The Collie Mail’s 2017 Footy Tipping Competition kicks off next week.