- Breaking News!! 37th ISA Just Concluded in High River, Alberta.
- 37th ISA World Championship Just Concluded in High River Alberta
- These Charming Ladies Take A Bronze Medal in the 37th ISA. BREAKING NEWS
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Taking First Place, taking the gold medal is the CANADA D Team, composed of Bill Boyes, Brian Bissillion, Earl Doell, and Robert Lockwood.
Taking Second Place, taking the silver medal is the CANADA N Team, composed of Bill Bryan, Murray Burnett, Dennis Kerr and Stan Prime.
Taking Third Place, taking the bronze medal is USA Blue Team, composed of Dwayne Cross, Erik Hahmann, Bill Hoyer and Bob Jones Jr.
Stan McCormack Speaks: I expect pix will be sent of the medal presentation ceremony. I will post at that time. 2018 07 20 17:10
That is correct shufflers, we are pleased to report that the Buttercups, the 4 Charming Ladies above take Bronze at the 37th ISA World Championships held in High River, Alberta!!! From left to right, thumbing her nose, Bernice Lindsay; sticking her tongue out at us, we have Thanh Seybold; next with that spirited look of challenge, we have Bev Fowler, and finally, the gal who no doubt suggested these wonderful poses, we give you Ashley Albert!! I have been told that immediately they were called to the court, for each of their games, they took this pose against their opponent!!! Many opponents were so frightened, so upset, they conceded!!!
I must tell you that I have not Fact Checked this article!!! Stan 2018 07 20 16:40
Florida Shufflers, and perhaps TX Shufflers may find this (great) pic unusual, even extreme!!* That is Rob Robinson, former President of the US NSA, making a CALL during the ongoing 37th ISA in High River, Alberta. In AZ one DOES NOT walk on the courts!! Thus, we see Rob in an extended position, carefully avoiding stepping on the court!!! I recall when I first went to AZ to spend a winter. Gentleman Jack Rathwell (now deceased) said to me: “Stan; unless you wish to be seen as an idiot, do not walk on the AZ Courts”!!
* Pic taken from the CNSA Site, Bill Boyes Webmaster.
Stan McCormack. 2018 07 20.
Edward and Antonia Mose have competed in the Senior Olympics since 2000, but if it weren’t for Antonia Mose’s triple bypass heart surgery in 2004, then shuffleboard may have been lost in the shuffle.
“It was right around Easter time that year and we still went to the State Olympics that year,” Edward Mose said. “We decided to do shuffleboard because she could still stand and didn’t have to run. We did fairly good, so we decided to stay in it.”
The Moses, who hail from Medanales, have become friends with Babbie and Joseph Cortez from Tierra Azul, who have learned shuffleboard strictly from the Moses.
“They took us under their wing and showed us how to play,” Babbie Cortez said. “I give my ability to play a lot to Mr. Mose because I listened to him, a lot. He’s very, very competitive, even when we are just here fooling around or practicing, he always takes it very seriously.”
While Babbie Cortez has participated in the Senior Olympics for six years, her husband is entering his 14th year, after starting at the age of 50, which is the youngest age a competitor can be.
Joseph Cortez’s passion is running, which he has competed in since his high school days at Questa and Los Alamos High School. This year, he will compete in the 5 and 10K and track and field events from the 1500 meters, all the way down to the 100.
“I’ve been running all my life,” he said. “I was just running one day and my friend, Joe Ortega, said ‘Why don’t you join the Senior Olympics?’ I said ‘How old do you have to be?’ Fifty-years-old was the age-limit, so I joined right away.”
Joseph Cortez is a retired electrical engineer from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, who spent his 1-hour lunch breaks pacing around the facility.
“I would tell people ‘My husband is Joe,’” Babbie Cortez said. “Then I’d have to say, ‘He’s the one who runs around in the funny looking camouflage, floppy hat.’ Then people knew who I was talking about.”
Joseph Cortez calls running a habit, but compares it interestingly, to drinking.
“It’s like being an alcoholic,” he said. “You know you’re going to hurt the next day, but you still go do it anyways.”
Now the Moses and the Cortezes will have high aspirations at this year’s New Mexico Senior Olympics, Wednesday (7/18) through Saturday.
The 2018 state games will serve as a qualifying event for the 2019 National Senior Games presented by Humana, which will also be held in Albuquerque.
“It’s almost kind of embarrassing if you don’t make it (to nationals),” Babbie Cortez said. “You’ve been working so hard and it’s (in) your state, so you want to do nothing but qualify for nationals.”
Out of all the expected competitors to be in Albuquerque this week, 45 will be officially coming from Rio Arriba County. 27 others from the county will be present, according to Edward Mose.
“The state changed the rules now,” he said. “You used to have to qualify through your county, but you don’t have to anymore. They didn’t want to pay the 20 bucks to qualify through the county, they’ll go straight to state.”
The Senior Olympics hosts 24 total events, 18 which are qualifying events for the 2019 nationals. The Moses compete in couples dancing, but it is one of the events that isn’t a national qualifier.
“Since the dancing doesn’t qualify for nationals, we’ll be mostly focused on shuffleboard,” Edward Mose said.
Edward Mose said if shuffleboard runs overtime, there’s no question about what their priority will be.
“We’ve already decided on that,” he said. “If it comes between the shuffleboard or going to the dance, we’ll be staying at shuffleboard.”
Both the Cortezes and the Moses are looking to finish in the top-four of their respective age groups to qualify after strong finishes last year at state.
Babbie and Joseph Cortez won the silver medal in the 55-59 age group last year, while Babbie won bronze and Joseph won gold in the 60-64 age group for singles.
Joseph Cortez is allowed to compete down an age group in doubles since his wife is 58-years-old.
Similarly, Antonia and Edward Mose won bronze in doubles and Edward won silver in singles, for the 75-79 age group.
Although the two couples admitted to the games being friendly and social, it all changes when competition begins.
“Some people say, ‘It’s just Senior Olympics, what can these old folks do?’ But you’d be surprised of the competitiveness there. A lot of them are there out for blood.”
Babbie Cortez couldn’t agree more.
“That’s the mindset you have to have to be good,” she said. “And yes, when you get over there, you’re out for blood. You’re nice with them and stuff, but you want that first place, you want that second and you want that third.”
The opening ceremonies will take place Wednesday (7/18) at 7 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park, where Rio Arriba County will try to win the “Spirit Award” for the fifth consecutive year, according to Babbie Cortez. The award is given to the county who is the loudest and most enthusiastic.
Antonia Mose said “doubt” is the biggest factor holding back many seniors from getting invloved in the Olympics.
“When I talk to people about joining, they say, ‘Oh, I’m not very good at this or that,’” she said. “You don’t have to be good, you’ll be competing against people your own age. Once you get out there, you’ll realize you have talent that you didn’t even know you had.”
The International Shuffleboard Association is holding its week-long tournament in the High River Rec-Plex, and so far Canadian teams are in standing for the playoffs.
Event organizer for the tournament, Verena Wardley says national talent is making tough competition for the world teams “There are six Canadian teams competing this year, three for men, and three for women, and all of them are in standing for the final round playoffs for this Friday.”
All together, 24 teams are competing for the final round on, Friday July 20 2018, where the top two teams will compete for the gold and silver medals.
Wardley says the event is important for competition, but it also exposes and promotes the game to a wider audience: “By hosting the event in High River, we have been able to notify local players from around the town, and out of town, that there is a big scene for the game here, this event has done wonders for our association.”
Wardley also says, that the game is not just for seniors “We have some players in their 20’s and 30’s playing this year at the competition, a young lady in her 20’s from Vietnam and a few younger players from the American teams as well. Shuffleboarding is a game that can truly be enjoyed by all age groups.”
Thursday July19th, 2018 the teams will be heading to the Rec-Plex again, playing all day to get a spot in the final round on Friday.
Friday’s final game will be followed by an award ceremony at the Heritage Inn in High River.
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Let’s begin with the Friday Schedule!! Friday_Schedule the Women Women R10 and the Men: Men R10 and we hope you will be watching, watching closely as we begin the final push!!
Perhaps we should repeat part of the “Tournament Format” After Round 10, the teams in each pool will be ranked from 1 to 6 based on their pool play. All ties within each pool will then be broken first by a head-to-head comparison and, if still tied, then by a round of Speed Shuffleboard (Round 11).
For the finals, the #1 ranked teams from Pools A and B will play each other for the Championship. The #2 ranked teams will play for 3rd and 4th, #3 ranked will play for 5th and 6th, and so on until all 12 places have been determined. Ties at the end of the final round will be broken by the total team points earned in the final round.
Stan McCormack. 2018 07 19