The British ladies team were the unexpected stars of the recent 2017 ISA World Team Championships in St Cloud, Orlando, Florida. This was the first time the UK had entered teams in both the mens and ladies sections so it was bound to be a steep learning curve. It proved very tough for the men but the women finished an amazing joint second after two round robin sections, beating the eventual American champions along the way. They were finally placed third after a sudden death play-off.
The team was, from left to right, Tania Green, Lesley Davis Pam Hill (captain) Kerry Bailey and Cathy Seaman .
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 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.