Earlier this month, the first Austrian Shuffleboard Championships took place in Vienna. A field of 24 players enjoyed the competition with Stefan Kures being crowned champion.
The competition was declared a great success and as a result of it, the possibility of establishing regional clubs in Austria has already been discussed.
This competition is hopefully the first of many in Austria as interest grows. In addition, the popularity and profile of the game there can only be enhanced by the staging of the world.
From the 24th to the 27th April, the UK Shuffleboard Association will be hosting the second Norwich Shuffleboard Open. Once again, the historic surroundings of St Andrews Hall will provide a spectacular venue for the duration of the event. Our friends from Norway and North America will be joining us and competing in a team format over the four days.
There will be separate men’s and women’s matches, firstly between North America and the Brits followed by three-way matches when the Norwegians join us on the 26th.
It promises to be a really exciting event and visitors and spectators are more than welcome to come along and watch the action.
Wymondham Shufflers took up the challenge from neighbours Ashwellthorpe for another enjoyable contest on their roll-out courts.The singles went 6-1 in Ashwellthorpe’s favour so the contest was pretty much over from that point. As the Wymondham players became more accustomed to the courts their performance improved but the home side still ran out 11-5 winners.
A date has been set for the next ISA World Champiojnships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada beginning 16 th July, 2018. This will be a team tournament. The following year it is expected that we will meet again for the European Championships in March 2019 in Hohenroder, Germany. This will be followed by a singles ISA World Championships in Vienna in October 2019.
The London Shuffle Club: Summer on Worship Street is open until the 9th September in its current location at the address below. It is open 7 days a week and the use of courts must be booked in advance.
The venue offers pizzas and a wide variety of drinks.
See the website www.londonshuffle.com
Tel. 0203 657 9062
The London Shuffle Club: Summer on Worship St.
89 ½ Worship St.
The 36th ISA World Shuffleboard Championship took place in Rio de Janeiro during the week of the 23rd July. It was a singles event this time and the first occasion in which the championships have been played in South America. It proved a great success and Michael Hirsch (USA) and Ellen Hansson (Norway) were crowned champions and winners of the Golden Cue.
Amidst much anticipation the inaugural European Shuffleboard Championship took place last weekend (3rd & 4th March) in Hohenroda Germany.
A squad of 5 men and 5 women represented the UK in this singles format event. They were competing primarily against players from Norway and Germany whose extensive tournament experience was bound to be a major factor. Despite this, good results were achieved by Trevor and Cathy Seaman who both finished 11th in their category and Martin who came 12th.
The men’s champion was Torben Hussmannand the women’s event was won by the diminutive 12 year-old Fabienne Fluck. It was great to see them prove that shuffleboard is far from being justa senior’s sport.
The presentation of the entire tournament was absolutely superb and much credit should go to the German Shuffleboard association for this. The Hohenroda resort hotel is perfect both as a competitive venue and as a location for the plWangerayers to enjoy one another’s company in the evenings. It was unanimously agreed to return there in two years time to do it all again.
The first European Shuffleboard Championships will take place in
Hohenroda, nr Frankfurt Germany on 3rd and 4th March this year.
The UK will send a squad of 5 men and 4 ladies to compete
primarily against the hosts and a powerful team from Norway.
There will also be other entrants from Austria and Poland. This
singles tournament will take place on polytile courts in the beautiful
Hohenroda resort and will ultimately produce a European
Champion for both men and women.
The British ladies team were the unexpected stars of the recent 2017 ISA World Team Championships in St Cloud, Orlando, Florida. This was the first time the UK had entered teams in both the mens and ladies sections so it was bound to be a steep learning curve. It proved very tough for the men but the women finished an amazing joint second after two round robin sections, beating the eventual American champions along the way. They were finally placed third after a sudden death play-off.
The team was, from left to right, Tania Green, Lesley Davis Pam Hill (captain) Kerry Bailey and Cathy Seaman .
The shuffleboard world comes together again on 24th October for the 35th World Championships in St Cloud Florida. The UK is entering both a men’s and women’s team for the first time. Taking part are :
Pete Davis Lesley Davis
Phil Hill Pam Hill
Trevor Seaman Cathy Seaman
Phil O’Brien Kerry Bailey
Trevor Colby Tania Green
The event takes place over 5 days in the Orlando sunshine and will be very challenging for us Brits against some of the best players in the world but we will be no push-overs. We’ll let you know how it goes.