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Aussie quoit champs

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019

Broken Hill’s Milton Hawke Snr (left) won the veteran’s event for the eighth time, while Ballarat’s Sue Taylor won her 20th ladies title. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Broken Hill’s Milton Hawke Snr (left) won the veteran’s event for the eighth time, while Ballarat’s Sue Taylor won her 20th ladies title. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

About 150 packed into the West Football Club for the 73rd annual Australian Rope Quoits Championships on the weekend.

Players from associations in Ballarat, Melbourne, Coleraine and Bendigo joined Broken Hill hoop throwers to contest various singles and team events over two days.

“It can be quite competitive but it also a real social weekend, a way of getting all our associations together,” said secretary/treasurer of the Australian Rope Quoits Council, Samantha Harbridge.

A record number of entrants vied for singles titles this year.

“Broken Hill entered a lot more competitors (this year), more vets and ladies, and they managed to enter four teams which is impressive,” said Ms Harbridge, adding that the Silver City and Ballarat associations were the two biggest.

Ms Harbridge, who plays in the Ballarat competition, says quoits is a sport that anyone can play.

“Our youngest player in Ballarat is 12 years, and our oldest player is 93,” she said.

“That’s the thing, it’s a sport that literally anyone can play.

“If you can stand and throw, that’s literally all you need.”

Ms Harbridge has followed her family into the sport.

Her grandfather once held the secretary/treasurer role she is in today.

“We have a lot of older players, who have been in the association probably before I was born,” she said.

“But a lot of people have brought their kids into the association, and that is probably what has kept us alive.”

Keep your eye on the BDT for the full results during the week.

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