Paddy over the moon to win HookUp's $60,000 prize

BIG WIN: Boyne Tannum HookUp winner Patrick ’Paddy’ McNamara (right) and sponsors James Robertson, of Bill Robertson Toyota, Lance Warren, of Suzuki, Darren Brown, of Curtis Coast Marine, and Observer general manager Carl Carter.
BIG WIN: Boyne Tannum HookUp winner Patrick ’Paddy’ McNamara (right) and sponsors James Robertson, of Bill Robertson Toyota, Lance Warren, of Suzuki, Darren Brown, of Curtis Coast Marine, and Observer general manager Carl Carter. Luka Kauzlaric

FOR 19 years Paddy McNamara has entered the Boyne Tannum HookUp.

And for 19 years he has told his wife Clare before the Sunday prize giving that he would bring home the big prize.

For 18 of those 19 years Mr McNamara arrived home on Sunday night and said, "oh well, next year".

On the 19th year he was lucky and he took away the $60,000 prize - a 4.85m boat with 70 horsepower motor and a Toyota RAV4 to take it to and from the water.

Mr McNamara, who works at Boyne Smelters, is over the moon with his win.

"It's the best thing, and the biggest win we've ever had," he said.

Mr McNamara has a smaller, 14ft tinny which he and his mate have taken up The Narrows to Ramsays Crossing on many occasions to go crabbing.

"Now I'll be able to go out further. With a boat like this, I could get out to the reef."

He's one of those blokes who goes fishing to get a feed - and when he's got enough he goes home.

"I'm not one to rape and pillage the ocean," he said.

"I tend to find that we feed the fish (by putting bait on the hooks) and they eat the bait but we don't catch them."

On Sunday night, Mr McNamara was up at the bar buying a beer for him and his mates when he looked up at the big screen.

He dropped the beers on the table, uttered an expletive and raced to the stage.

After all of the excitement had started to wear off, he rang Clare to tell her of his win.

"I know," she told him.

"The neighbour had rung me when he was on the stage and told me. I didn't believe him for a while. I thought he was pulling my leg."

She said this year was the first that she hadn't gone to Bray Park at sometime over the weekend.

"I take that as a bit of an omen," she said.

The couple plan to sell the tinny and their current car, and keep their winnings.



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