Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

World Cup Dream continues for TAB’s last man standing

World Cup Dream continues for TAB’s last man standing

The hopes of more than 47,000 New Zealanders are dashed, after the last man standing in the TAB’s One Punt at a Million competition was eliminated this morning.

Canterbury security guard Russell Walker stunned the nation, after he became the only New Zealander to correctly predict the results of the first five games in the tournament, including Japan’s shocking defeat of South Africa.

For the 22 year old to stay in with a shot at the million dollars, Uruguay had to defeat Wales in Cardiff this morning. Sadly that was not to be.

But the Rugby World Cup dream is not over for Russell Walker.

To reward him for his brilliance, the TAB is sending him on an all expenses paid trip to the Rugby World Cup Semi Finals and Final with 2011 RWC Hero Stephen ‘Beaver’ Donald.

Bookmaker Mark Stafford says the TAB had no plans to put up a consolation prize.

“That was all it was originally going to be – one punt at a million.”

“But an incredible effort is worthy of an incredible reward; the fact that Russell managed to pick what can only be described as one of the biggest upsets in sporting history is amazing and deserves some recognition,” says TAB Bookmaker Mark Stafford.

Walker will join Stephen Donald and 300 other All Black fans on the ‘Beaver Fan Flight’ through All Black Tours.

Donald says he can’t wait to give Walker what promises to be a truly unique rugby experience.

“It’s going to be epic. Practicing my commentary skills at 40,000 feet and sharing some yarns with this young lad will be a great way to start the trip of a lifetime.”

Stafford says while he didn’t expect the competition to end so early, the TAB is delighted with the buzz it’s created.

Despite their sensational win Japan are still $4.50 underdogs against Scotland ($1.16) Thursday morning, but all the money is on the underdog.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland