Spinner Stephen Knight throws the coins into the air as the crowd watches on.
Spinner Stephen Knight throws the coins into the air as the crowd watches on. Kevin Farmer

Two-up takes Toowoomba RSL on Anzac Day

THE Toowoomba United RSL came alive yesterday afternoon, as veterans and supporters followed an Anzac tradition.

Standing in a circle, more than 40 people took part in two-up, a gambling game started by the Diggers.

In two-up the spinner throws two coins into the air while players make bets on the outcome - the game only legally allowed on Anzac Day.

Rob Volker, who served seven years in the army, volunteered his time as the game's bet collecting ring-keeper yesterday.

"I've never done it before, but I wanted to help the RSL perpetuate the tradition. You have to learn somehow," he said.

"The crowd has been great today, and it's nice to help people let their hair down after the remembrance ceremony."

 

Ringkeeper Rob Volker as two-up is played at the Toowoomba RSL on Anzac Day 2019, Thursday, April 25, 2019.
ALL BETS IN: Ring-keeper Rob Volker helps to conduct a game of two-up in the Toowoomba United RSL yesterday. Kevin Farmer

Mr Volker spent most of his time as a fitter with 7RAR in Adelaide, helping with weaponry.

"I was 17 when I joined, I was very young," he said.

"I grew up watching the news when Iraq was in full swing.

"I suppose I saw these world events occurring and I couldn't understand why people wouldn't want to be a part of it."

He said he had enjoyed his experience as the ring-keeper.

"Days like today it's important to get everyone involved - this is our culture and heritage," he said.

"It should be something we teach people - not something you need to be good at or have done before."

Toowoomba United RSL sub-branch vice president Huey James said they had received a good turnout.

"We decided to start the two-up earlier this year," he said.

"You can hear the noise coming out of (that room), people are enjoying themselves and playing the game."