Com­pe­ti­tion is close at the Clas­sic

Woodgate Club hosts vis­i­tors in $11,000 event

Isis Town and Country - - News -

WITH un­ex­pected wins and teams play­ing bet­ter than could ever have been ex­pected, the Woodgate Club Inc has been a place of ex­cite­ment re­cently.

The first event to take vis­i­tors by storm was the an­nual Woodgate Club $11,000 Invitation Clas­sic Fours.

Held from Oc­to­ber 17 to Oc­to­ber 19, this an­nual event con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity with lo­cal clubs from around the re­gion keen to win the fab­u­lous prize money and showcase their tal­ent.

It all be­gan with the Fri­day Pairs Games fol­lowed by the Cal­cutta at 7.30pm.

This year was def­i­nitely hotly con­tested with three games on Satur­day and two games on Sun­day but the over­all win­ners of the week­end in­cluded on day one Phil Wrice and on day two Eric Copeland while the win­ning teams were Al John­son’s team from Her­vey Bay fol­lowed by Steve Pet­sky’s team from Pine Rivers with Bill McUtchen’s Woodgate team tak­ing out third place.

Other ar­eas that were well rep­re­sented in the top eight in­cluded Rainbow Beach, Bar­gara, Ferny Grove, Bur­nett and Gayn­dah.

The club’s Josh Nurse said the scores for the top spot were very close and un­de­cided right up to the last game in the af­ter­noon.

“This is a well re­ceived an­nual event and it was great to see the Woodgate team come third which was quite a cham­pion ef­fort con­sid­er­ing they had only been put to­gether three days prior to com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“It is great in a com­pe­ti­tion like this to know that you can never de­ter­mine the out­come, this year it was Her­vey Bay and Pine Rivers turn to take out the top two spots whereas last year’s win­ners were from Kin­garoy and Moore Park.”

Josh high­lighted that it was the wel­com­ing com­mu­nity feel of the Woodgate Club that con­tin­ued to at­tract such a wealth of bowlers from across the state for this an­nual com­pe­ti­tion.

“It is one of those places where most play­ers will stay around for a few hours after each day to so­cialise with the other teams mak­ing for a re­ally fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere.”

But it wasn’t just the bowls com­pe­ti­tion that had the club go­ing, for first time bingo player Bryan it was def­i­nitely an af­ter­noon he was glad he had cho­sen to play a few games.

Run ev­ery Fri­day morn­ing at the Woodgate Club, this is another game that con­tin­ues to draw in the crowds ea­ger to take

Josh Nurse This is a well re­ceived an­nual event and it was great to see the Woodgate team come third which was quite a cham­pion ef­fort con­sid­er­ing they had only been put to­gether three days prior to com­pe­ti­tion.

home the ma­jor jack­pot.

For Bryan it was a last minute decision to come to the club for a game and one he ad­mits he was hes­i­tant about.

But after walk­ing away with $10,000 after out­lay­ing only $20 on a stan­dard 23 game pack he couldn’t be hap­pier.

“Bingo at the club is grow­ing ev­ery week with play­ers join­ing up for their chance to win up to $100,000 ev­ery week,” Josh said.

Maybe after such a sig­nif­i­cant win and with $100,000 on the line now, more eyes will be down at 10am for the next Fri­day ses­sion.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

CLOSE CALL: Bar­gara Bowls Club mem­bers Viv Sauer and Keith Pit­t­away at theWoodgate Club Inc $11,000 Invitation Clas­sic Fours ear­lier this month.

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