Phil wins Citigo at day of fun at Sinnott Skoda!

Esther Hayden

Published 30/04/2014 | 05:22

Finola, Cormac and Michael Kavanagh.
Finola, Cormac and Michael Kavanagh.

After a tense and exciting four rounds, Phil Watson from Wicklow town won a brand new Skoda Citigo car last Saturday in the Win a Car competition in association with the Wicklow/Bray People and Sinnott Skoda.

Phil was totally overwhelmed by the car. She said: 'I never dreamed I'd win. But people tell me I'm lucky and I was picked for Winning Streak before too. I really enjoyed today but I never thought for a second that I'd win the car.'

She also thanked MC John Hughes, all the staff at Sinnott Skoda, and the Wicklow and Bray People for making the day so special.

Phil, from Brittas Bay Road, Wicklow, had plenty of support on the day with husband Ken, sister Ita Murphy and sister-in-law Sarah Esmond all in Sinnott Skoda cheering her on.

On Saturday, all ten finalists (Bernie Gillespie, playing for husband David; Mary Carty; Mary King; Seán Óg Conghan; Una Byrne, Patrick Clarkson; James Whelan; Jacqueline Kavanagh; Catherine Murphy, and eventual winner Phil) took part in a series of fun games to whittle down the finalists.

The first competition was a Ferrero Rocher eating competition, where John Sinnott of Sinnott Skoda bravely volunteered to eat as many Ferrero Rocher as possible in a minute. The world record is nine. John managed four!

Una Byrne had predicted he'd managed to eat ten, and with the highest guess, she was eliminated.

Next up was a game of chance and the finalists had to pick the highest card from a series of cards, with the top six getting through.

James, Patrick, Mary Carty were the unlucky three to lose out and Seán Óg, Mary King, Bernie, Jacqueline, Phil and Catherine progressed to the next round.

In round three, MC John Hughes of East Coast Radio had the six finalists pick a Skoda brochure and if the brochure had a green 'Go' sign, the person went through. Jacqueline and Phil were the lucky duo and it was onto the nail-biting final.

Ten boxes. One key. Ten chances to win. The tension was palpable.

Phil guessed box four – no key. Jacqueline plumped for box seven – no key. Phil opted for box two – no key. Jacqueline liked the look of box six... still no key!

On and on it went with boxes nine, one, five and eight being eliminated. And then there were two boxes left: box 10 and box three.

Phil was next up. She chose carefully ...opened box 10...and there was a Skoda key inside! We had our winner.

All finalists received a goodie bag from Sinnott Skoda and the Wicklow/Bray People so everyone took away something.

Stephen Healy of Sinnott Skoda thanked everyone for coming and said the motor industry in Wicklow was showing green shoots of recovery for the first time in six years.

He said Skoda is one of the top five car brands in Ireland and one of the top three brands in Wicklow – a position it has held for the past three years.

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