IN PICTURES: 2013 NRL Grand Final, Pt 1 (18 photos)

The 2013 NRL Grand Final between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters was a tight, tough, thrilling tussle. ARN Editorial Director, Mike Gee, was lucky enough to be the guest of Manly sponsor, Kapsersky. A camera nut, he took along a Canon 7D fitted with a 15-85mm lens and shot off hundreds of photos. This slideshow is a selection of those shots processed through high definition imaging (HDI) software. Unfortunately, the result wasn't what Kaspersky, the Sea Eagles or our man were looking for but the Roosters were the better team on the night ... just.

  • The view from the stands ... Ricky Martin performs

  • Ricky Martin on the big screen

  • Jessica Mauboy and dancers in full flight

  • Smoke, fireworks, gymnasts ... all part of the pre-match entertainment

  • The opening for Ricky Martin

  • Plenty of special effects

  • Ricky Martin and dancers

  • More fire ...

  • Lots of stuff going off

  • Just before the national anthem

  • Just before the national anthem

  • Okay so I tweeked this one a bit more ... Manly supporters fly the flag

  • Soon after the start

  • The Roosters supporters were sensational

  • Penalty converted for the Roosters

  • Things were looking good for the Sea Eagles early in the second half when Steve Matai went over

  • Sonny Boy Williams had a big second half

  • Sea of supporters

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