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Bundy Bowl shuffling with new entertainment area

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Bundy Bowl owners Peter and Jeanette McElligott get read to play Shufl.

Bundy Bowl is expanding with a new entertainment area upstairs which will not only feature darts and a bar, but it will also bring the first Shufl board game to Bundaberg.

The exciting new features of Bundy Bowl will give adults a chance to kick back and relax with a drink and enjoy a social atmosphere away from the family entertainment downstairs.

Long-time owners Peter and Jeanette McElligott said they were excited to move with the times and launch the reinvigorated upstairs area, with an “everything that is old is new again” vibe.

“Our daughters have grown up through us and the business, and now they’ve moved to Brisbane, and they were keen to show us these new games when we went to visit,” Peter said.

“Everything we bring to Bundy Bowl is usually fairly new, and it’s not anywhere else in Bundaberg.

“We see Bundy Bowl as if we are the Hinkler Central of entertainment, we have the bowling which is Kmart, the food court downstairs, and then all of these speciality stores spread throughout. All the entertainment in Bundaberg is in the one place.”

Peter said both the darts and Shufl games were modernised versions of the old-fashioned games and each featured electronic scoring and new technology.

Peter said Shufl was an easy game even for beginners.

“Basically, it’s a very easy game, it’s all around Europe not as much across the States. Shufl board is an old game, played on the ships,” Peter said.

“It’s an accurate and gentle game to play. The idea for us is to have these Shufl boards and people can hire them out for an hour, order their platters, food and drinks and enjoy their time away from the general public.”

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Bundy Bowl is expanding with a new entertainment area upstairs which will not only feature darts and a bar, but it will also bring the first Shufl board game to Bundaberg. Photo: Owners Peter and Jeanette McElligott in their new space.

He said for those keen to take up the challenge, there would also be darts but it would be unlike anything seen in the region before.

With real dartboards and steel tip darts that looked and felt exactly how they were remembered, it would feature a state-of-the-art electronic component which gave this version of the game a new edge.

“There will be four darts cubicles and it will have the automatic darts, and it all does the scoring for you as it is new age darts, with software that creates an avatar of the player and keeps score,” Peter said.

Janette said bookings for the Shufl and darts bar area would be essential when it is launched to the community in May.

“This private area will be perfect for social get togethers, including work Christmas parties,” she said.

“I really find that adults are looking for something to do and this is the perfect fit – it’s social with a little bit of competition and suits most people.

“Everything old is new again, you put that technology feel to it and people just love it.

“We have the online ordering throughout Bundy Bowl, so people can order their food and drinks without leaving the area also.”

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