REPORTER Tegan Annett headed down to the Gladstone Senior Citizens Centre to find out what it takes to win a game of hoy.

A group of players explain what they love about the game.

Janet Domoney loves the social aspect of playing hoy at the Senior Citizens Centre every Monday.

She has played the game for the past 20 years and has attended the Monday meetings since 2009.

"I love all of it. It's such a good game. I often have a win too," she said, smiling.

Groceries are given out as prizes, and there is a cash prize each week.

The 'jackpot' will be $12 next week, as no one won the $10 in 33 calls yesterday.

Every three seconds Faye Peterson would call the next card for the keen hoy players yesterday.

She has been the caller for weekly hoy meet for three years.

"The women are really good and they take a joke and have a bit of fun," she said. "To me it's mainly just about having a day out," she said.

Playing hoy once a week keeps Doreen McKeon's mind active.

Enjoying a game of hoy at the Gladstone Senior Citizens Centre are (from left) Faye Peterson, Janet Domoney, Doreen McKeon, Betty Rodgers, Joann Green and Faye Ferry.
Enjoying a game of hoy at the Gladstone Senior Citizens Centre are (from left) Faye Peterson, Janet Domoney, Doreen McKeon, Betty Rodgers, Joann Green and Faye Ferry. Tegan Annett

She celebrated her 96th birthday last week with a dinner at the Young Australian Hotel and a party with family.

Yesterday she won a cake mix.

"Hoy keeps your mind alert," she said.

Betty Rodgers had to go to the shop for her groceries yesterday as she did not win at hoy. She wasn't surprised.

"I don't have much luck here," she said. "I just come to get out of the house."

Joann Green said hoy at the Gladstone Senior Citizens Centre was simply, a "good, fun day out".

She played her first game three years ago.

"It was quite a learning curve but now I play two cards for me and two cards for Faye at once," she said.

One of the youngest regular players, Faye Ferry is a master of hoy.

She plays with five cards at once every Monday.

Yesterday she went home with some strawberry jam, corn thins and tea bags.

"It's good to come along and mix with other people, and if you win that's a bonus too."



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