Report: JEFF STEPHENSON

“IT was”, as Paul Bufalino put it “the best phone call you could hope to receive the first thing on a Monday morning.”

And he readily admitted his contribution to the exercise was nil.

That’s nought. In other words – nothing.

The call was to tell Paul he had become $5000 richer courtesy of him being the last man standing in the AFL tipping competition Redland shares each year with Victorian Football League club Frankston.

“Look, I didn’t have anything to do with it,” Paul said.

It was the Redland club itself – well celebrated tipster and Business Manager, Maree Thomson, who submitted his weekly tip.

The rule is that you tip a winner and you advance to the next round. Tip a loser and you’re out.

“Well, I don’t know much about the AFL, being a league man so I wasn’t really aware what was happening each few weeks I got a call from Maree to tell me we were going okay in the tipping.

“I didn’t understand as there seemed to be plenty of matches to go.

“Anyway, I simply let it go.”

Paul, whose company J and L Pools and Paving, sponsors the Bombers’ tipping board, was talked into entering the competition. Well, just so it wasn’t he who did the tipping.

He has become the first Redland tipster – well non-tipster – to win the big prize outright.

Redland tipster Dave Simpson shared the winnings last year.

There were more than 1200 tipsters and when it came to the crunch recently there were just 12 remaining – 11 of whom went for Sydney Swans (we think) to beat Gold Coast.

Paul didn’t know it, but he opted for West Coast and the Eagles easily accounted for Western Bulldogs.

BINGO!

Paul says the very clever Maree will be duly rewarded for her tactical nous.

Now, as we mentioned, Paul is a rugby league supporter and follows Parramatta.

He reckons the day he met legend Mick Cronin in the clubrooms after the Eels won the premiership in the 80s is one of the best days of his life.

But that’s another story.

A beaming Paul is pictured with Redland Business Manager, Maree Thomson, after he learned of his win.

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