Last weekend the Yamba Bowling Club Euchre Club, held their inaugural major tournament, held under the umbrella of the Queensland Euchre Tournament association, a loose knit group of some 20 euchre clubs, that hold a series of tournaments on a regular bases, in an area bounded by Lismore in the south through to Bundaberg in the north.
Saturday’s afternoon’s match which had 104 registered players vying for the $1000 prize money was won by a representative from the Wynnum club.
With a field of 108 players, Sunday featured a purse of $2000, a start time of 10am, through to 4pm, 30 games were played. The outright winner on 22 games won, hailed from South West Rocks, closely pressed by seven players on 20 games each. Survey cards handed in following the tournament had nothing but praise for the organisers, the venue and the overall presentation of the event. So much so that a number of the participants have already forward booked accommodation for the next event to be held on October 15/16 next year.
The euchre club committee would like to acknowledge and thank those organisations that helped bring this idea to fruition. The Yamba Bowling Club for their support and use of their facilities, the Clarence Valley Council events committee, for their major contribution to the prize pool, publicity etc, and last but certainly not least, the many businesses that contributed in cash or kind towards making this event the success that it became. Another pleasing aside that the survey revealed, was the number of people who stayed on in Yamba, in some cases up to a week.
Fifteen months in the planning, was it worthwhile? Most definitely yes, and an increase in numbers in October 2016 is assured.