Each year that I have been involved with this tournament has been a treat. We have played in the heat, in misty rain, and this year in very cold conditions. The number of players varies a little with the weather but the good nature of those that come and play never does…they are always good natured, kind and positive.
The park puts forth a marvellous effort. I always have a wonderful group of helpers, the kitchen crew are always first rate, the park management are supportive and the players are up for a good time. The games format eliminates waiting around and keeps players engaged. I have yet to have anyone turn down the invitation to return for the second day. The players resolve most infractions themselves to everyone’s immediate satisfaction…amazing.
I can understand that the modified format is not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ but for the mainly park players who attend it is a great introduction to competitive shuffleboard. For example the day one scores are outrageously high…hardly a defensive play in sight, but come day two, the atmosphere changes. Now bragging rights are in play and the competitive spirit comes forth. Even the eldest players want to win!
For all the help provided and the great reception I always get, I thank each and every person who plays or participates in any way. I also know that every park that wants to host a tournament needs a Linda Read. When you find her or him treat that person well, just like Woodbrook does. I’m sure the flowers helped keep the energiser bunny’s batteries charged!
David Earle, TD for the 2018 Event. 2018 01 08