NRL grand final fans strut their stuff

IT might be a grand final between two Sydney teams, but don't for one minute think the NRL grand final holds little interest elsewhere.

Check out these super fans we've uncovered in regional Australia.

South Sydney fan defies big game hoodoo: Tim Clarke is one of many diehard South Sydney supporters wary of a hoodoo. Forty-three years without a premiership, or even a grand final appearance, will do that to you.

It's Souths to win says Taree's Bob Ezzy: He's been a South Sydney rugby league tragic since the 1950s: "I saw Clive Churchill kick the goal from the sideline against Manly at Redfern in 1955,'' Bob Ezzy of Mondrook recalled.

Russell Moriarty hopes it’s ‘Glory, Glory to South Sydney': Is there a bigger South Sydney Rabbitohs supporter than Russell Moriarty? The Mudgee High School student has all the Rabbitohs gear from hat to socks to even a miniature NRL premiership trophy that had coloured streamers representing the respective grand final teams.

Former Mudgee girl bleeds blue and white: One-time Mudgee woman Jenna Campbell will represent her beloved Bulldogs at the National Rugby League Grand Final.

Bulldogs making headlines at newsagency: Staff at TJ’S Downtown Newsagency and Blackcat Tobacconist are hot in the competition for the biggest rugby league fans in Orange. The family-run store was decked out in blue and white in support of the Canterbury Bulldogs, ahead of the NRL grand final.

Rabbitohs on the hop: While their team has remained in the grand final wilderness for more than 40 years, Orange’s staunch South Sydney supporters have been unflinching in their loyalty.

The Bunnies best backer: This month Jean Dingwall will turn 95 and at the top of her birthday list is a win from South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Finucane's allegiances to be tested: There are some torn allegiances in the Finucane clan ahead of this weekend’s NRL grand final.

South Sydney Rabbitohs have the backing of 93yo Rhona: Born in Bega in 1921, 93-year-old Rhona Jeffries has been a fan of the Bunnies since she was 14.

Souths runs in Curran family blood: When South Sydney run out onto ANZ Stadium on Sunday night, James Curran will stop, smile and think of his granddad. 

Adam Santarossa was born to be a Bulldog fan: I’ve been a Bulldog since birth and I didn’t really have much choice in the matter, writes Adam Santarossa.

Fans ready to go in as underdogs: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs go into Sunday's grand final against South Sydney as underdogs, but Jimmy Skordalis of Gina's Pizza think they can secure the Provan-Summons Trophy.

Diehard looks to end Rabbitoh's 43-year title drought: Much has been made of the fact that television broadcasts were still in black and white when the Rabbitohs last won a premiership.

Rabbitohs fans finally out of the burrow: In Bathurst they hopped out of their burrows resplendent in their red and green ... (ahem, cardinal and myrtle to be exact) jerseys, caps, scarves and flags.

Dogs are barking at Kelso for a win: Canterbury may be the underdogs in Sunday’s NRL grand final, but one Bathurst family think the Dogs have what it takes to topple an in-form South Sydney – and aren’t afraid to say it.