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Melanie Lincoln moved like lightning to secure a grand final ticket for her father the moment his beloved Cronulla Sharks secured their place in Sunday's NRL showpiece. "Dad had to miss the 1978 grand final as my Mum was in labor having me that day." Melanie Lincoln moved like lightning to secure a grand final ticket for her father the moment his beloved Cronulla Sharks secured their place in Sunday's NRL showpiece. "Dad had to miss the 1978 grand final as my Mum was in labour having me that day."It has been a long-standing joke among the Lincoln family that the only reason the Sharks have yet to win a flag is because Melanie jinxed the team all those years ago.
"After they lost, dad turned around and said, 'it's going to be a girl'. It was all my fault."Melanie and her siblings chipped in so their mother, Marie, could accompany her husband Steve to today's final – which happens to fall on their 40th wedding anniversary weekend. "Mum's originally from Balmain so she's a Tigers fan and has not been short of grand finals over the years.
Their schedule also features a series of annual, prominent dates, including Harold Holt's birthday – and the day he disappeared.
hopefully.""Oh, she's suffered all right," said Mr Lincoln of the banter his daughter has endured over the years. I would have gone to that game back then and I'm sure we would have won if I had.
I never thought it would take this long for another shot ...
Dad on the other hand has been waiting for this his whole life.
I'm so delighted that he finally gets to go and celebrate ...
But as far as members of the Harold Holt Swim Club in the Sutherland Shire suburb of Bundeena are concerned, that infamous jibe is finally about to be consigned to the past."After 50 years, you would hope so," said Shaun Ferguson who is attending Sunday's grand final and believes the current squad is a "pretty good chance" next season too.
The club's members, all avid Sharks fans, meet three days a week at Bundeena Wharf and swim the local bays and headland.