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.
The London Shuffle Club will open its doors for a limited period from Wednesday 12th Oct. The Old Truman Brewery in trendy Brick Lane will house the club where you can rent a court by the hour while sipping cocktails or downing craft beers. It looks set to be a real eye-opener on the London nightlife scene. http://www.londonshuffle.com/
The first international match between the UKSA and the German
Shuffleboard Association took place on 6th and 7th May on 4 polytile
courts in Central Hall Wymondham. It proved to be a totally
absorbing contest played in a really friendly spirit but the vastly
more experienced overseas rivals were always going to be difficult
opponents for the local squad. Each team fielded 12 players , a
mixture of male and female, young and old. Many of the matches
went down to the final discs with the Germans skilled at edging out
the Brits at the death. The experience gained by the UKSA will
stand them in great stead in the future and help and advice offered
by their opponents was gratefully received. A special occasion and
many new friendships forged.
The next Shuffleboard World Championships will be held in St Cloud, just south of Orlando Florida during the week commencing 23rd October 2016. The format varies on alternate years, this year being a national team championship. The UK are,of course I, invited but if we are not able to field a full squad we will be able to join a “United Nations” team with players from other countries.
A date has also been set for the inaugural European Championships to be held in Germany on the weekend of 4th/5th March 2017 Teams from Germany, Norway and the UK will be represented and it is hoped other nationalities may yet become involved.
The first friendly match between Germany and the UK has been arranged for 6th and 7th May 2016. 12 members of the German Shuffleboard Association will travel to Wymondham for the weekend fixture, while the home squad will be selected on merit from the two regular local sessions. It is hoped this might be the first of a number of future meetings. As ever with shuffleboard the key will be on making long-lasting friendships and the event will conclude with a dinner on Saturday evening at Number 24 for all the participants.
More information to follow.
A generous grant of nearly £3000 from South Norfolk Council has enables the newly titled Wymondham Shufflers to buy all-new competition sized Maxi Roll Out courts. Numbers of players at the regular bi-weekly session are on the rise so this gives everyone the chance to play on the perfect surface. Two of the courts are now treated with tiny plastic beads before play making them as fast as the traditional concrete courts in the States. This adds to the challenge and makes the game considerably more tactical.
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The ISA World Shuffleboard Championships took place at the Clearwater Club on the west coast of Florida from 26th to 30th October 2015. Nine full member countries were involved and for the first time this included the UK with our new association being inducted to membership. There were men’s and women’s singles events with Bob Jones of Ohio triumphing for the guys and Alice Enos best lady.
Pete and Lesley Davis of the UK were first time entrants and acquitted themselves well in this top-level company.
The whole affair was successfully run with great precision and in an extremely friendly way, thanks in no small measure to the many dedicated volunteers from the Clearwater club.
New website for the UK Shuffleboard Association can be found at ; shuffleboard.uk
The TV company that filmed the first UK Shuffleboard tournament in Norwich are now showing it on their website. So if you missed it first time round then click HERE for a chance to see it online.
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.
Roger Garwood and Martin Wanger