By Patrick Avenell

AFL and NRL is going head to head again in this year’s Philips Sports Dad of the Year competition. AFL has had a vice-like grip on this award since inception, with Brett Kirk and Sam Mitchell the first two winners.

This could be the NRL’s year, however, with the great game of rugby league providing four finalists – the most of any sport.

Cameron “Cam” Smith, John “Sutto” Sutton, Michael “The Menace” Ennis and Nathan “Hindy” Hindmarsh are representing rugby league, while Darren Jolly, Drew Petrie and Jonathan Brown are representing AFL.

Rounding out the 10 finalists are Brett Emerton (association football), Mark Winterbottom (V8 Supercars) and Stuart O’Grady (cycling).

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Publicity for this competition has been growing steadily since its debut in 2010, with media support from Channel Nine and News Limited newspapers. It now accounts for a huge proportion of Philips media profile in the lead-up to Father’s Day, which is an integral time for a company specialising in men’s grooming and shaving products.

Prizes in the consumer promotion component of the program include five Philips major prize packs worth more than $5,000 and 15 minor packs worth over $400.

As always, check out the official terms and conditions.