August 6th, 2018
2nd message - Mixed Doubles Tournament 2018
Back as promised with the review of the 2018 Mixed Doubles Tournament we just held. This report comes from me as your President and as the Tournament Director. The Winners with their pictures is attached.
First I want to say a big "Thank You" to members Maureen Bennis and Rick Kravontka who jumped in at the last minute (Sunday) to fill our tournament at 88 players. We had a couple drop out on Saturday afternoon.
Also a special thank you to Judy Demaere for assisting with the tournament registrations and receipting.
1st Place Nona Petrick/John Fedynak
2nd Place Kenda Tucker/Brent Pegg
3rd Place Dot Noad/Doug Noad
4th Place Lorna Chadwick/Forrest Bird
1st Place Cynthia Amer/Dan Amer
2nd Place Veronica Baumgardner/Jim Baumgardner
3rd Place Edi Linthorne/Bob Linthorne
4th Place Margaret Bowman(J. Kennedy, pusher)/Charlie Loiselle
1st Place Maureen McKinnon/Wayne McKinnon
2nd Place Jim McPhillamey/Joan McPhillamey
3rd Place June Becker/Ben Lintz
4th Place Tammy Bell/Tom Waldner
1st Place Vickey Siler/Charlie Cull
2nd Place Linda May/Ken May
3rd Place Susan Sawchuk/Doug Sawchuk
4th Place Barb MacPherson/Dennis MacPherson
The Champions Nona Petrick and John Fedynak, plus the 2nd place finishers, Kenda Tucker and Brent Pegg were players that I had matched to play and it worked out very well. Also June Becker and Ben Lintz shuffled as a double and came in 3rd in the "C Event". Some of my other pairings came close and some did not work out. My point is that even if you are a single entry we can put you with someone from the other gender and hopefully it works out.
Already looking forward to next year's games!
Also on our winner's list was Ms. Tammy Bell, who came 4th in the "C Event" with a partner she requested, Mr. Tom Waldner. They had played previously in the 2017 event and they wanted to give it another go as they had enjoyed competing together. I'm sure they'll continue to move up the ladder in 2019.
Then there was Charlie Cull who came along and requested Vickey Siler as a partner. Vickey had been my partner in 2017 and yours truly didn't perform well enough to get us in the prizes in 2017. So I'm happy the new "Charlie" got them there. I'm sure Vickey will give me another chance down the road but for now I expect them to defend their 1st place in the "D Event" and move up the ladder too!
Another twist was that our good friends and major promoters of GESA wherever they go, Lorna and Walt Chadwick from Cochrane Alberta, split themselves up and brought in two new shufflers to the tournament - Rita Wesley and Forrest Bird. Here's the twist - Rita and Forrest had never shuffled before the Sunday practise session, where Lorna and Walt coached them for a couple of hours in how to play shuffleboard. Well Lorna and Forrest finished 4th in the Championship "A Event" and Rita and Walt just missed the cut into the prizes. Besides the great coaching they received, Rita and Forrest were former curlers, and as many of us know that is a huge asset for a shuffler.
The last couple I want to bring up is Margaret Bowman and myself. We lost our 1st game then won three in a row to get into the prizes but unfortunately Margaret had to return home to Red Deer for a very important doctor's appointment. I knew going in that this was going to happen. I was disappointed for Margaret as I think we would have continued to be very competitive. I had fun which is the goal here besides winning. My last two games were forfeited but I got to play with our chart master, John Kennedy, as a partner/pusher and that was fun too for both of us.
The rest of our winners were married couples and it is an interesting list in "A Event". Dot Noad carried her hubby "tiny" Doug Noad to a 3rd place finish. They had a huge fan club pulling for them as they are both very active club members. Dot helps out at the registration table and Doug and his crew do an awesome, awesome job of taking care of the courts all the time. Then the winners of "B Event" were Cynthia and Dan Amer who came all the way from Victoria, BC to win in their 1st GESA Tournament.
2nd in "B Event" were that smiling happy GESA couple Veronica and Jim Baumgardner, big supporters of our club.
3rd in "B Event" were another couple from BC, Edi and Bob Linthorne. They come from Kamloops to enter regularly in GESA and other Alberta tournaments.
"C Event" was won by the McKinnon's, Maureen and Wayne. They are new GESA members this year and if I said this is their 1st year of shuffling I don't think I would be wrong.
2nd place in "C Event" went to Joan and Jim McPhillamey, who are seasoned shufflers but this was their 1st time shuffling at GESA. I have been in contact all year with them and they finally made it out and it sounds like they will be back regularly and they will be wonderful and supportive GESA members. They fit the mold "nice people".
In "D Event" coming 2nd were Linda and Ken May who are new members to GESA in 2018. 3rd in "D" event, from Camrose, and big promoters of GESA were Susan and Doug Sawchuk. They even come in for open play on occasion and bring their friends with them to play a few games. 4th place in "D Event" went to Barb and Dennis MacPherson who are also new to GESA this year and I think also very new to the game of shuffleboard.
This is such an interesting winners list which is why I analyzed it in its entirety.
New shufflers, new GESA members and new pairings, not too many seasoned tournament shufflers in the group but I think the group that would clap and cheer the loudest if we were all in one room together would be the seasoned tournament shufflers because they know how important this list is to the game, to GESA, and its future tournaments; for it shows that anything is possible even if you are new to the game, the club or tournament play. So much for the winners list!
As for charting, byes, etc., I would like once more to give John Kennedy a huge "Thank You" for charting our tournament. He is a true friend to the game of shuffleboard, to our club GESA, to Alberta Shuffleboard (he charts Innisfail and is helping High River to start using his programs) and is a friend to me too!
It was a joy to shuffle with John as a partner last week. When John has been charting our tournaments he has given up playing in them because he has to work and when he comes to Edmonton he spends his own money to come and work for us. We do not pay him to do this. His programs are ideally set up for 128 competitors in a tournament. So when someone like me gives him a different number it creates a lot of extra work for him to make it work. In the case of our mixed doubles I could see that we could not reach the magic 128 number so John did some research and told me he could make 96 or 88 work, but he would prefer 96. Well we made 88. So John was forced into doing things he preferred not to do "Byes". Some complained to me and that was unfair. The people who got the byes got them by luck. Ask yourself if it was my name in the bye slot would I complain then or refuse it? I doubt it. Just be thankful some people are giving up a lot and working a lot so you can have a chance to play a game you like in a competitive atmosphere but it must be kept friendly, fun and sportsmanlike at all times. There were a couple of other minor issues that I will deal with elsewhere and in future messages. I hope you have found this message open and honest and worthwhile reading and I do thank you for your support and generosity. Keep it up and "stay out of the kitchen and keep the board clean".
Charlie Loiselle, President
NOVICE TOURNAMENT REMINDER
We are putting together a tournament for novice shufflers (first year or individuals who have not played a lot in the last 2 years - yes you can still be a good player). It will take place Tuesday, August 21st and Wednesday, August 22nd. The entry fee is $3.00 and is all paid back to the winners. Pat Wilson is the tournament director and can be reached by phone at 780 467 3879 to pre-register or get more information. You may also email him at email@example.com or see him down at the club. Pat informs me that he is at 20 players and would like to get to 32 so please support this event and register if you are a novice player. Time to be confirmed based on the number of registrants.
Aug 5th, 2018
Time to get back on the courts.
Over the next few days I will put out a few messages and will separate the messages as follows:
1st message immediate club business
2nd message - review of Mixed Doubles Tournament 2018
3rd message review my trip to ISA in High River
We are putting together a tournament for novice shufflers (first year or individuals who have not played a lot in the last 2 years - yes you can still be a good player). It will take place Tuesday, August 21st and Wednesday, August 22nd. The entry fee is $3.00 and is all paid back to the winners. Pat Wilson is the tournament director and can be reached by phone at 780 467 3879 to pre-register or get more information. You may also email him at "firstname.lastname@example.org" or see him down at the club. Pat informs me that he is at 20 players and would like to get to 32 so please support this event and register if you are a novice player.
Time to be confirmed based on the number of registrants.
Fundraising: Our Collette Carlisle has arranged for us to be able to sell "hot dogs and burgers" at Sobey's Lakeland Ridge, in Sherwood Park, on 2 separate weekends. The 1st weekend is Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th. The 2nd weekend is Saturday, September 1st, Sunday, September 2, and Monday, September 3rd.
Daily shifts are only 4 hours long. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Collette would like 3 people per shift. Last time we did this we raised $410. Please step-up and volunteer and let Collette know as soon as possible. Please call her at 780 446 5637. She needs to know as soon as possible to confirm if we can staff these events. Remember we need to be able to buy US funds to buy wax for next year.
Last I want to bring out a concern our organizers are having. Club members have been volunteering to help but not showing up for their event or shift. We are adults here so it is on you to manage your time to honor your commitments. It is very stressful on the volunteer organizers to put together an event or commit to run a club program when the help required does not show up. We have 97 members but most of the work is being done by a small minority so for those of you who have not stepped up yet, now is the time.
Our AGM is on August 29th at 1:00 pm (information sent to members on July 29th). If you did not receive it please let us know. Please plan to attend as we need your vote and support. Nominations are open for Board positions. You may also at that time sign up and pay your 2019 membership dues that day.
Charlie Loiselle, President
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