Two matches have been held this year for the first time, between Ashwellthorpe and Wymondham Shuffleboard teams – the first being in our Village Hall and the return match in the North Wymondham Community Hall in Lime Tree Avenue. The first match was held on Wednesday 10 February and the Wymondham Shufflers had to hold a draw to decide which eight players from Wymondham would make up their team for the eight Singles matches arranged here. The Ashwellthorpe players were Alan Dawson, Rosemary Lee, Keith Longmore, Louise McNair Young, Shirley Moss, Gordon Robbie, John Saunders and Liz Saunders.
Amid rising tension and excitement, the scores from each match were low and close which denotes a tight, even, competitive game with each player not wanting the opponent to score points, and one match was drawn! The final tally was a Wymondham win by 4 matches to 3 with 1 drawn. Wine and nibbles were taken during the course of the evening and at the end of the competition, friendly doubles games were held between various people. A return match in Wymondham was fixed for later in the year.
At the return match in Wymondham, the format was slightly different with four doubles and nine singles matches being played on the two courts set up in the Hall, with the mats used being the poly-plastic clip-together variety. Not only are these mats longer than the rubber roll-out mats used in Ashwellthorpe, the surfaces are also incredibly quick. In some of their club meetings, Wymondham Shufflers add wax to the base of the discs used before adding the silicone gel which aids the movement of the discs. Quite a lot of difference for our Ashwellthorpe team to get used to!
Annette and Paul Bunting took the places of Keith Longmore and Louise McNair Young at the re-match and Jennifer Robbie was the ninth member to compete in the Singles. The evening was long but flew by with the four doubles matches being played first – Wymondham winning three out of these four matches. Refreshments also flowed and were enjoyed during the whole evening which went on to encompass nine singles matches. Ashwellthorpe came out on top in these Singles winning by 5 matches to 4.
A few photographs can be seen below with the first being the February match in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall, with the Wymondham Shufflers having an elevated view of the matches in progress