Winning tipster Margot Curtis had a secret weapon to help her achieve success in this year’s Courier NRL Tipping Competition – Basil.

“ I did a lot of research before the games, read everything and sought family advice” said Margot.

“But sometimes I had to rely on my dog Basil.”

Basil is a ‘cavoodle’ a mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and poodle – both breeds are recognised for being smart.

“If I really couldn’t make a decision when it came down to picking one of two teams I got Basil to indicate which hand I had the team in – and he was right each time” laughed Margot.

In reality, though, it was the serious research, and league savvy, which took Margot to the top tipster spot.

The weekend games brought the competition to a close.

Turner Signs sales assistant Toni Laws and production manager Danny Laws emerged as the winners of the Business House Challenge tipping competition.

They will also be heading off to Sydney for the Grand Final.

Danny has previously been close to winning as a readers’ tipster.

“I lost by one point to Brian Fogarty a few years ago” he recalled.

The winners of The Courier NRL Tipping Competition and Business House Challenge each win return air tickets for two to Sydney, two nights’ stay in the five star Radisson Blu Hotel and tickets to the Grand Final at ANZ stadium on October 6.

The day will not only see the 2019 premiership decided in a fantastic football finale but features pre-game entertainment from US superstars OneRepublic and a big fireworks display. Meanwhile, participating businesses are now engaged with The Courier Finals Fever competition as we progress through the final play offs leading to the Grand Final.

The Courier thanks the tipsters and participating businesses – and looks forward to the 2020 NRL season.