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.
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.
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
Our event is taking place in historic St Andrews Hall in the heart of Norwich. We hope this 15th Century building will prove to be an inspiring venue for our visitors, two thirds of whom are Canadian and one third from USA. They will be joined by 12 local players who are keen to test themselves against their more experienced counterparts from across the pond.
Shuffleboard is really the most social and sociable of games. We fully expect many new friendships to be forged in April at this most friendly of competitions.
The initial round – robin matches will take place over the first two days, Weds 29th and Thurs 30th April. The best 16 players will compete in a knock-out format on Friday 1st, concluding around lunchtime.
We are keen to welcome visitors of all ages to the event. We expect to set up two courts to play a shorter version of the game and there will be plenty of helpful advice on hand; or you may just want to watch how the experts do it.
We will be inviting visitors from local sports and community centres as well as hotels, holiday parks and retirement homes to see shuffleboard in action. After the event we are ready to offer help and practical assistance in setting up more playing groups in the local area.
Remember , entry is free , so please come along and see what shuffleboard has to offer.
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 !
Come along to The Forum in Norwich city centre next Monday 4th March and
you will have the opportunity to try your hand at both of our games.
Working in conjunction with the University Sportspark , shuffleboard and
cornhole will be part of a games display aimed at encouraging people to take part in low-cost sporting activities. We’ll be there from 10.00am until 3.00pm
and hoping to see lots willing participants.