Milly Molloy Reports: The SSA (Saskatchewan Shuffleboard Assn.) held a successful 22nd Annual Shuffleboard Tournament July 18 to 21, 2016 at T. Eaton’s and Cosmo Senior Centres in Moose Jaw SK with 72 shufflers attending from SK, AB, and North Carolina.
Opening ceremonies were conducted by President Aime Archer. The sisters, Jane Shirley and Milly lead in the singing of ‘O Canada’ and Past President Al Rathgeber gave the opening prayer.
Harold Thorne from North Carolina, shot the first disk to officially open the shuffleboard games. Eaton’s served delicious lunches and a banquet of turkey with all the fixings was held on Tuesday and enjoyed by 82.
Four door prizes were drawn from the banquet tickets and four big game prizes including a shuffleboard cue were raffled thanks to Marc Petruccelli from Dom Sports, Toronto. Many thanks to Marc.
The SSA held their annual meeting following the banquet with the election of officers remaining as last year. President: Aime Archer; Past President, Al Rathgeber; Secretary, Bob Cobbe; Treasurer, Milly Molloy; and directors: Marlene Cowling, Pauline Budd and the election of Bob Lockwood during the directors meeting that followed. Director Marlene Cowling announced that Moose Jaw will be holding the 2017 IP at the Eaton’s and Cosmo Centres and that these courts will challenge even the best shufflers in the country.
A pancake breakfast complete with sausages, peaches, and whip cream was available Wednesday and Thursday mornings and was well received. A great time was had by all with lots of appreciation given to the organizers and draw masters.
There are four events with four winners in each event receiving Moose Jaw shuffleboard pins. The overall winner is presented with the trophy and will have his name engraved on it for 2016.
The dates for the 2017 Moose Jaw Club tournament are July 17 to 20.
Respectfully submitted – Milly Molloy
The trophy winner is Brian Hillier from Lethbridge, SK.