First Goodies ladies 8-ball tournament


Activities at Goodies restaurant have ratcheted up in the past two months as the expansion of the facilities nears completion. The restaurant now has more than twice the space in the main dining area, a second bar (still to be completed), a new outdoor seating area, a BBQ area, live music three days a week, and the pool table. The latter has been getting plenty of play and last night hosted its first tournament.

We decided to make Thursday nights Ladies Night, with drink discounts and a ladies 8-ball tournament. Like so often here, however, there was little time to promote this new event. Given barely a week to market Ladies Night, I was not sure how the first week would go, but we figured we would be able to build the Thursday crowds over time at least.

We did run a full-page ad in the newsletter and placed promotional fliers around theladies night ad restaurant. In addition, we used our Facebook page for promotion to our mostly Indonesian FB audience, and the staff spent a good deal of time talking up the night to customers. I was not sure, however, how many people would come or how many ladies would play pool.

I scheduled the tournament to begin at 6:30, knowing it would probably not start until a little later. The drink specials ran from 7-8 and I wanted to at least have the sign-up done before everyone’s attention was on free beer and half-price drinks. It was my responsibility to coordinate and run the tournament.

As expected, the tournament started a half-hour late. I was pleasantly surprised, however, that we had nine women sign up to play. Many I had never seen before. In addition, we had a pretty good turnout overall, with lots of couples and most having dinner. Perhaps our best non-holiday Thursday ever.

I have included a number of photos I took during the tournament, including of my new friend Amey, who loves pool.

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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