by Shirley Eager
Seventy-two teams competed in the annual 4-day doubles tournament held at Royal Palms, Cathedral City. With the wind coming off the nearby mountains, snow could be seen through the Palm Trees. The weather didn’t seem to affect the fierce competition. Many games had to be broken by the CSA tie breaker rule, and many were decided by just 1 point.
Due to seven clubs being represented in the Friday finals, there was standing room only for the many spectators who acknowledged the good play by “ohs and ahs” and applause. It’s so good to see the camaraderie of the District 5 players acknowledging good shuffleboard, even if it isn’t someone from your home shuffleboard club.
This is the last tournament of the season to qualify for the Tournament of Champions so there were sighs of relief when the qualifying for finals games were completed Thursday afternoon.
The 2019 Doubles winners are:
Champions: Russ Smart & Dick Seburn, The Canyon, Cathedral City
- Doug Loos & Blaine Clark, Safari Park, Palm Springs
- Randy Stephenson & Gary McGrath, Ramon Park, Palm Springs
- Dan Chiernyk & Joe Dion, Palm Desert Greens, Palm Desert
- Consolation Division:
Champions: Margaret Hendriks & Gail Dodd, Royal Palms, Cathedral City
2. Tracy Ferguson & Hal Coleman, Ramon Park, Palm Springs3.
- Jean & Bob Junk, Tramview, Cathedral City
4. Linda & Ken May, Tri Palms, Thousand Palms
“Congratulations” to the Austrian Shuffleboard Association for hosting the 38th ISA World Championship in Vienna, Austria.
Date October 27 – November 2, 2019.
CHECK OUT THE PACKAGE!!! 38th ISA World Championship Package (1)
Thanks to President Peter Krappel and his committee for putting together a wonderful package. We had the pleasure of being at Vienna in May 2018. Peter Krappel, Elisabeth Schimatzek & committee were fabulous hosts. They did an outstanding job of making us comfortable in their beautiful country. I’m so thankful I had this experience.
Plan to attend…..don’t miss this opportunity to reunite with our ISA friends from around the world.
Please ask your National President for an application form.
International Shuffleboard Association Inc.
President. 2019 02 04
Hello Shuffleboard Nation!
Pluckypea and The Moonshooter
are coming at you live
from the booming metropolis of Tokyo.
It’s our first time in this incredible city
and I have to say,
it reminds us a ton
of our homes in NYC and Chicago.
The urban experience is in so many ways universal.
People who live in these cities
are choosing to be surrounded
by an absolute teeming mass of humanity.
Millions of souls willingly compelled to share
the same buildings, sidewalks and trains
and in doing so inherently embracing community.
Perhaps our most special day was spent
playing shuffleboard in a little city outside Yokohama.
We were ushered to the Forrest Tsuziki Club
by our friends Kazunari and Mioko
who we’d met playing in the ISA tournaments
in Brazil, Canada and Florida.
This 40 year old shuffleboard club
sports 12 glorious outdoor courts
and about 100 mostly senior members.
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Despite what I thought was a late afternoon start, around 75 Hemet shufflers showed up to hear Lou Wilson share his knowledge of the game of Shuffleboard. Newer players and what I call “seasoned” players all can benefit from a few hints on strategy. We all want to improve our play of course, and Lou kindly showed us ways to do just that.
Lou startted playing in 1992. His record is a long one with wins in most of the yearly tournaments played here in Hemet. He has played in Nationals, Internationals and many times he traveled to Arizona to play in th big Western Team Tournament. His proudest moments were the times he was able to best Rocky Briggs and Roland Schneider, legendary Hemet shufflers. And he shared tidbits from Fred Day and Gigi Briggs. Two of Hemet’s best teachers of the game.
The class lasted about an hour. There were many scenarios accompanied by, “always do this”, “you can try this” and “never do this”.
I’m sure each shuffler present learned something and all said a big,
THANK YOU, LOU WILSON
Jim and Beth Allen Speak: Anticipation. One of the greatest emotions we as human beings are blessed to behold. Today Beth and I are filled with great anticipation as we roll into High River and greet our shuffling friends from all over the world.
The 37th World Championships start Monday, but in reality they begin the moment you see a friend in the hotel lobby, or maybe even in the airport. Or maybe just a Facebook post from a traveler. For I believe there are 2 events in High River- and each carries tremendous importance to us all.
The games themselves are one event, and who takes home medals are yet to be determined. Anticipation of the victory – and the optimistic spirit all competitors enjoy at this moment runs rampart to each and every player.
The second event is found in the friendships, the camaraderie, the bonding of human…
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