We were pleased to be joined once again by visitors from America, Canada and Norway for a another very successful tournament in St Andrews Hall Norwich. In the first phase players from over the pond proved much too strong for the local contingent , but they were gracious in victory and extremely encouraging and helpful. The final two days featured a 3-way match in which the Norwegian men and the North American Ladies came out on top.
The week also offered the opportunity for some very sociable events in the evening and the promise of future meetings to look forward to.
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.
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
Plans are taking shape for the Norwich Open Shuffleboard event during w/c 26th April next year. Our original idea was to play the tournament on full-sized roll-out courts but the decision has now been made to switch to the superb Deluxe Polytile Courts which provide the perfect playing surface for the game .
Plans are in place to access St Andrews Hall in advance so that the courts can be set up ready for a prompt start at 9.00a.m. on Weds 29th. 48 entrants (including 12 Brits) will play in round-robin groups of 8 over the first 2 days with the top 16 players going through to the finals.
We are also delighted to say we have a top tournament director , David Earle, lined up to take care of the competition while his wife Glenna, the world’s no1 lady competitor, will be on hand to give instruction to new-comers.
Good news ahead of the Norwich Open Tournament next spring when a trial run with a full-sized roll-out court worked really well. Our willing band of shufflers were able to gain access to an empty hall just before the set up of the annual, and now famous, Norwich beer festival. We discovered a smooth and very level floor with adequate room for 6 tournament courts and space for several more mini courts to entertain and instruct visitors to the event. Looks like being a fantastic venue !