Singles play mingle game
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”.
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.