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 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.