After much planning and amid great expectation the first Norwich Open Shuffleboard Tournament went ahead as planned on 29th April.. A total of 48 players battled it out on a singles basis over 3 days. All 4 semi-finalists came from Canada and victory went to Murray Burnett in a close-fought match with Maureen Bryan.
The 12 strong squad of British players were rather apprehensive about competing with their more experienced visitors, but in the end almost all achieved at least one victory in the preliminary stage and Roger Garwood and Martin Wanger defied predictions by sailing through to the knock-out rounds.
Overall the reaction from visitors and home players alike was that the tournament was an outstanding success. New friendships were fostered and promises of future competition were given. Perhaps the real star of the show was St Andrews Hall itself which provided a stunning backdrop for the occasion.
The event has given a huge boost to shuffleboard in the local area following extensive press, radio and tv coverage. More news to follow soon on trial events at Norwich community and sports centres.