Footnotes About Some of our Competitors in the Norwich Open!
I thought it would be informative, and hopefully interesting IF I were to tell you just a bit about the 16 Players who will be competing in the finals > i.e. on Friday, May 01st. I will present them in the order the list of 16 came to me. This is not intended to be a complete listing of the achievements of the 16, just a few of the aspects I could recall. Stan McCormack. 2015 05 01.
Did you know that Glenna Earle has won not one, but Two Golden Cues!! A Golden Cue is presented to the player who finishes 1st in an International Singles Event. Glenna placed 1st in the Dieppe NB World Singles as well as the St Petersburg World Singles!! Glenna also has placed in the FSA Masters and as a result, is the proud owner of the White Jacket, symbolic of the accomplishment. Glenna is the 2nd VP of the CNSA.
Did you know that Linda McRae renders service to fellow shufflers BOTH in Florida and in Canada as the very active Secretary of the CNSA. Linda is a qualified Tournament Director as well. Linda has been selected to compete in the Goderich Inter Provincial of 2015. She also competed in the Dieppe IP. She has also placed in various CNSA Tournaments.
Did you know that Linda Marshman is an extremely successful shuffler in the state of Florida. She competes, as a “Pro” in most State Tournaments, Monday and Tuesday of every week, AND also in most District Tournaments on Thursday and Friday.
Did you know that Bill Bryan is an active shuffler in the Southern District of Florida. Bill also competes in Canadian Events, winning his share!! Bill placed 2nd in the CNSA Open event at Coldwater in 2014, Consolation.
Did you know that Roger Garwood has been selected to represent England in the event to begin tomorrow. Roger is, of course a citizen of England and a relatively new shuffler. Everyone will be watching, AND wishing him well!! Roger’s career was a General Builder for thirty eight years. He has played shuffleboard for a total of fourteen weeks. Roger has enjoyed this tournament as he loves to play shuffleboard, and obviously has great skills. However Roger says that for him, the social aspect of the game is very important. Sent along by Muriel.
Did you know that Sylvia Smith placed 11th in the St. Petersburg, 2013 ISA Event??? Sylvia took gold in the Senior games held in Houston TX in 2011. Sylvia also competed in the Dieppe ISA World Singles.
Did you know that Maureen Bryan competed in the Dieppe IP; and will compete in the Goderich, 2015 IP. Back in 2009, while competing as an Amateur, Maureen placed 2nd in the CNSA Main Event in Coldwater, ON. Maureen placed 1st in the 2012 CNSA Doubles, Consolation in Coldwater!
Did you know that Murray Burnett gives freely of his time by serving as Treasurer of the CNSA. In 2014, playing in the CNSA Open Doubles, Murray placed 3rd.
Did you know that Jim Allen is an active member at the St Petersburg, FL Club. Further, he has been honing his professional skills while playing at Clearwater in some of the West Coast’s “special events” > get this, held on Saturday!! Jonathan Schnapp of the Royal Palms joined Jim at this event!! I will NOT at this time enumerate the ongoing support Jim gives to the sport!! It is great to see him playing on Friday, May 1st, 2015.
Did you know that Chuck Crouse is an outstanding shuffler who competes in AZ. In 2009 Chuck won Big Time in the US National Seniors Games. He has placed in about 70 Tournaments since he began shuffling in 2002. He has competed in all ISA World Singles Events!
Did you know that Reporter Myrna Bilton is the 1st VP of the ISA (International Shuffleboard Assn.) AND the immediate Past President of the CNSA? AND with partner Roy Babcock defeated the current #3 and #5 ranked male shufflers in the FSA???? Did you know that Myrna, at her very first International Event in Australia, 2008, was the recipient of the coveted Merit Award??
Did you know that Doris Hanke can be counted on to show up if Shufflers are going to travel!! I first became aware of Doris when I covered the Norway Inaugural. (Her pic kept popping up!!) Doris competed in the Midland ISA; very active in her FL District, Northern; Doris was a State TD for 18 years. You can find Doris in Hendersonville, NC during the summer.
Do you know that Grant McRae played in the 2013 IP in Dieppe? In 2014 in the CNSA Open Doubles, he placed 2nd in the Main Event.
Did you know that Martin Wanger will be representing England in the Norwich Open, final day , 2015 05 01. I wish to introduce to you an excellent shuffleboard player, a retired Bank Manager. Martin worked for NatWest Bank for a total of thirty six years. In his retirement Martin has written a book called Amber Sands under the name of Madeline Dando. Some of his new friends here will be bringing a copy home with us. The books are also available on Amazon.co.uk, or Amazon.com as well as iTunes. Martin has played hard, won five out of seven games here in the Norwich open, and made many new friends. Muriel Burnett.
Did you know that Shirley Bryan, while shuffling in Sochi Russia, in 2011, placed 2nd in a tournament that had Russians, Americans, Canadians and Germans??? (Ask Jim Allen about the Great Russian Food!! lol) Shirley gave generously of her time during the 33rd (Midland) ISA!
Did you know that Lenore Holder placed 4th in the Amateur Event of the CNSA National Doubles. Lenore was recognized for her beautiful artistic work on the table centerpieces for the HOF banquet on Aug 13th evening and the awards banquet for the Midland, ON ISA Event of 2014. Lenore also played for ON in the 3rd IP (Inter Provincial) held in Dieppe in 2013.
Norwich Open: Thanks to Muriel Burnett for Sending!!
John and Sandy Harding has been retired nine years. His career was Engineering, Sandy was a nurse. John and Sandy are familiar with America and have done extensive travelling. They have three children, seven grandchildren and have celebrated their 50 anniversary last year.
David and Glenys Cavill have been married 44 years and have two sons and two grandchildren. They live in Wymondham. They have been retired twelve months. David retired as a retail manager, and Glenys as a hairdresser.
Glenys kept our refreshments in order this week.
Jennifer was born in Wales, Gordon was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. They have lived in the same house in Ashwellthorpe for forty five years. Friends of Peter and Lesley they started the shuffleboard club in Ashwellthorpe eight years ago. They have two roll out courts and twelve regular members, and play every Wednesday evening. Jennifer and Gordon have two sons, and one grandchild.
Those of us who have experienced Inaugurals, have experienced Carol and Les!! Both had a great time here in Norwich; so glad they were able to spend time with us.
Trevor Seaman is a retired mechanical engineer, and has played shuffleboard for fourteen weeks. Born in Norwich, Trevor served in the forces. He has been to Canada, America and Australia. Trevor is married with three daughters and four grandchildren. Trevor is a former racing mechanic for Team Lotus. Trevor is a member of the Wymondham Club.
Thanks so much Muriel (Burnett) for sending along this information with regard to our British Friends!! Stan McCormack. 2015 05 01.
Norwich Open: Rumor has it that the FINAL MATCH is, as I type, Taking Place! We will Report it Right Here!!
Before we do share with you who will end up with the 1st place trophy, it was quite evident that Shuffleboard caught the attention of many in the vicinity of Norwich. It was equally evident that the participants had a great time, both in visiting the many sites in the area, and enjoying the social aspect which is always prevalent when Shufflers Come Together. As I have said many times; Shuffleboard is the catalyst which brings us together! New Friendships were formed.
I have displayed at the top, a photo of the Prime Organizers of this event. No doubt, many others were involved. Our thanks to each of those, from left to right: Peter and Leslie Davis; TD David Earle and Beth and Jim Allen. Special mention of course to the Players who took the time to send along pix and stories as the event unfolded.
Stan McCormack of theshuffler.net 2015 05 01
Norwich Open: We Give You the Order of Finish, Top 4
From left to right: Grant McRae, Murray Burnett, Maureen Bryan and Bill Bryan.
Murray Burnett finished in 1st place; Maureen Bryan in 2nd place; Bill Bryan placed 3rd, and Grant McRae 4th. Congrats to each!!
Well Done To All!! Stan McCormack. Remember to see any or all of the posting from the Norwich Open, enter the word Norwich into the search rectangle and hit search. NOTE: Only 10 postings are listed per page; at the bottom of the list, look for the words “older posts”, bottom left hand side of the page. Click to be taken to the next 10 postings from the Norwich Open. If you have difficulty, please ASK.
Norwich Open: Final Dinner; Trophy Presentation; Thanks To All, AND Good Byes!!
Our evening tonight (2015 05 01) began with a Ladies Singing group, and they were fabulous. Kerry Davis entertained us with some lovely songs after dinner.
David Earle, Tournament Director presented Murray Burnett with First Place Plaque as winner of the Norwich Open Shuffleboard Tournament. Four finalists above, Grant McRae fourth, William Bryan third, Maureen Bryan second and Murray Burnett first. (Click on any pic to expand)
Trevor and Cathy Seaman thanked Peter and Leslie Davis, Carol and Les Phillips, and Jim and Beth Allen, for all their time and work in putting together this wonderful event. Good byes were said, with the hopes of us all meeting again soon to play the game we love so well.
Muriel Burnett. 2015 05 01.
Shufflers will leave Norwich early on Saturday, 2015 05 02. Some will go to Heathrow and fly home. Some will go to Heathrow and fly to other places before returning home, and still others will take another mode of transportation to begin their holiday in Europe. Stan McCormack. 2015 05 01
Hi Readers!! I will have one more entry to wrap up this series. Please remember, that on May 5th, the Germans arrive in the UK for a Shuffleboard Event!! Birgitt Hussmann will provide coverage for this fine “Inter National” Event: Click: https://theshuffler.net/2016/04/29/breaking-news-germany-v-england-shuffleboarders-contest-to-be-held-in-wymondham-beginning-may-5th-2016/
Stan McCormack. 2016 05 01