Twenty tables were transported to the old Coles supermarket building for the Wonthaggi Cup. N071518

Keeping the punters entertained with raffle draws were Wonthaggi Power’s Darren Brown, left, and Brett Tessari with young state champ Jack Green from Maffra. N061518

Pat Hamilton and Wonthaggi Power president Peter Liddle teamed up to host the Wonthaggi Cup across the weekend. N041518

THE Wonthaggi Cup help across the weekend may just have been the Australia’s largest pool competition held under one roof.
The former Coles supermarket building in Wonthaggi was bursting at the seams with action.
There were at least 320 players, 44 teams and 20 tables brought in from Dandenong for the event. Teams came from across Victoria, and the event was particularly well supported in Gippsland.
Amanda Goodsell was on the organising team supporting the main man Pat Hamilton and said the venue was perfect.
“We made contact with the owner who was happy to hire it to us. Hopefully it stays vacant and we can use it again!”
Amanda said the event would not have been possible without the support of the Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club who co-hosted the event.
“It was great that they came on board. It just wouldn’t have happened without them. They done a great job with the food, the drinks – everything.”
Previously the event had been staged at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, and prior to that the Miners Rest. This was the first time at the new venue, and as such, catering was required.
Power president Peter Liddle said it was a fantastic event to be part of.
“Pat approached us to see if we would be interested in catering and getting the licence and we had no hesitation.
“We’ve got two bars running, the barbecue – the whole club’s behind it and it’s a great fundraiser for us.
“It’s also great for the town. These guys will all go out for a counter meal tonight and they go out and spend at the shops in the day between matches.”
Peter said it was a happy coincidence the club had the week off playing so all the volunteers were available.
He said a special request might be made to the Gippsland League next year to make sure Power isn’t playing again when the Wonthaggi Cup is held next year.