AF­TER A TENSE and ex­cit­ing four rounds, Phil Wat­son from Wick­low town won a brand new Skoda Cit­igo car last Satur­day in the Win a Car com­pe­ti­tion in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Wick­low/Bray People and Sin­nott Skoda.

Phil was to­tally overwhelmed by the car. She said: ‘I never dreamed I'd win. But people tell me I'm lucky and I was picked for Win­ning Streak be­fore too. I re­ally en­joyed to­day but I never thought for a sec­ond that I'd win the car.'

She also thanked MC John Hughes, all the staff at Sin­nott Skoda, and the Wick­low and Bray People for mak­ing the day so spe­cial.

Phil, from Brit­tas Bay Road, Wick­low, had plenty of sup­port on the day with hus­band Ken, sis­ter Ita Mur­phy and sis­ter-in-law Sarah Es­mond all in Sin­nott Skoda cheer­ing her on.

On Satur­day, all ten fi­nal­ists (Bernie Gillespie, play­ing for hus­band David; Mary Carty; Mary King; Seán Óg Cong­han; Una Byrne, Patrick Clark­son; James Whelan; Jacqueline Ka­vanagh; Cather­ine Mur­phy, and even­tual win­ner Phil) took part in a se­ries of fun games to whit­tle down the fi­nal­ists.

The first com­pe­ti­tion was a Fer­rero Rocher eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, where John Sin­nott of Sin­nott Skoda bravely vol­un­teered to eat as many Fer­rero Rocher as pos­si­ble in a minute. The world record is nine. John man­aged four!

Una Byrne had pre­dicted he'd man­aged to eat ten, and with the high­est guess, she was elim­i­nated.

Next up was a game of chance and the fi­nal­ists had to pick the high­est card from a se­ries of cards, with the top six get­ting through.

James, Patrick, Mary Carty were the un­lucky three to lose out and Seán Óg, Mary King, Bernie, Jacqueline, Phil and Cather­ine pro­gressed to the next round.

In round three, MC John Hughes of East Coast Ra­dio had the six fi­nal­ists pick a Skoda brochure and if the brochure had a green ‘Go’ sign, the per­son went through. Jacqueline and Phil were the lucky duo and it was onto the nail-bit­ing fi­nal.

Ten boxes. One key. Ten chances to win. The ten­sion was pal­pa­ble.

Phil guessed box four – no key. Jacqueline plumped for box seven – no key. Phil opted for box two – no key. Jacqueline liked the look of box six... still no key!

On and on it went with boxes nine, one, five and eight be­ing elim­i­nated. And then there were two boxes left: box 10 and box three.

Phil was next up. She chose care­fully ... opened box 10... and there was a Skoda key in­side! We had our win­ner.

All fi­nal­ists re­ceived a goodie bag from Sin­nott Skoda and the Wick­low/ Bray People so ev­ery­one took away some- thing.

Stephen Healy of Sin­nott Skoda thanked ev­ery­one for com­ing and said the mo­tor in­dus­try in Wick­low was show­ing green shoots of re­cov­ery for the first time in six years.

He said Skoda is one of the top five car brands in Ire­land and one of the top three brands in Wick­low – a po­si­tion it has held for the past three years.

The mo­ment of truth as win­ner Phil Wat­son picks the box which holds the key to a new Skoda Cit­igo.

The prize – a new Skoda Cit­igo.

Fi­nola, Cor­mac and Michael Ka­vanagh.

Fi­nal­ist Mary King picks a card.

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