Sin­gles play min­gle game

Pilbara News - - Pilibra Lifestyle - Ali­cia Perera

Sin­gle­tons may have a no­to­ri­ously bad time on Valen­tine’s Day, but Kar­ratha’s first speed-dat­ing event on the year’s most ro­man­tic day showed it doesn’t have to be that way.

Last year, the Pil­bara News sug­gested some­one should or­gan­ise a speed-dat­ing event in re­sponse to the skewed ra­tio of men to women in the town.

While it turned out the Kar­ratha Tam­brey Tav­ern’s in­au­gu­ral ses­sion was not in­spired by our sug­ges­tion, it did mean this par­tic­u­lar sin­gle­ton was strongly en­cour­aged to go to give you the in­side scoop.

And you know what — it was ac­tu­ally a lot of fun.

The Tam­brey pulled out all the stops to put love in the air with low ta­bles, am­bi­ent light­ing and a com­ple­men­tary drink to calm any nerves.

It made for a classy set-up for the 12 men and 12 women there to cy­cle around and get to know a bit about each other in five-minute in­ter­vals.

There were fall-back con­ver­sa­tion prompts to help things along, and some very com­pre­hen­sive score­cards to keep track of po­ten­tial “matches”.

It all made for an ef­fi­cient but not un­pleas­ant way to get to know a lot of new peo­ple in a short time, whether they were some­one com­pletely dif­fer­ent from you, a new friend in the mak­ing or a po­ten­tial date.

Tam­brey man­ager Naomi Brink, also a sin­gle­ton, said she wanted to in­tro­duce speed-dat­ing to the city for some time now.

“I’ve been in Kar­ratha for five years and it’s so hard to find a per­son here,” she said. “It’s a lonely place to live.”

“Speed-dat­ing — I’ve been think­ing about it for the last two years and the Tam­brey’s been talk­ing about it for a few months, and I thought Valen­tine’s Day is the per­fect time.”

Ms Brink said speed-dat­ing had the ad­van­tage over Tin­der of

get­ting peo­ple to meet in per­son straight away.

“This is real,” she said. “Un­like Tin­der, which can be real but you still have to ar­range to meet peo­ple on a date first.”

Ms Brink said the feed­back had been “only pos­i­tive” and the Tam­brey planned to hold speed-dat­ing events monthly as well as re­laxed “sin­gle min­gle nights”.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Speed-dat­ing MC Pablo New­ton Far­ley and Angie Ay­ers.

Te­gan Finch, Sarah An­field, Naomi Brink and Diane Sa­muel.

Phillip Hal­li­gan and Greg Har­ris.

Si­mon O’Neill and Filly We­ston.

Quinn An­der­son and Antony Ma­son.

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