Night grand finals likely to continue

NIGHT grand finals look set to stay following the resounding success of Sunday night's NRL grand final.

Four million viewers tuned in to watch the Wests Tigers claim their maiden title against the North Queensland Cowboys.

In total, the national television audience was 4.132 million fans, an increase of 800,000 from last year's decider between the Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters.

Adding further weight to the debate from last weekend's sporting panel in The Morning Bulletin, the match was the most watched program of the year in Sydney and Brisbane.

Many fans would love the decider switched back to a Sunday afternoon time slot or even a Saturday night spectacle.

Whatever way you look at it, the figures show the game continues to rise to unprecedented levels.

r The town of Springsure would have surely have added to the NRL's groundbreaking grand final ratings.

Central West product Tom Hewitt scored two tries in St George-Illawarra's Jersey Flegg premiership win at Telstra Stadium.

Hewitt, who graduated from Yeppoon's St Brendan's College in 2003, was a standout on the wing and is a player to watch for the Dragons in the future.

r With the rugby league season slowly drawing to a close and the summer of cricket already under way, this is the last Friday footy fever column for the year.

If you have any news simply email me at aaron.kelly@capnews.com.au or call me on 4930?4262.



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