Annual Mixed Doubles
Ernie’s Fir Cone
By Arnold Rimmer
On a cold rainy
weekend in Western Washington, barely one week after the NASC in
Reno a band of weary shuffleboard warriors gathered at Ernie’s
Fir Cone to do battle and lay claim to the Mixed Doubles Title.
But, it almost didn’t happen. While the NASC was taking place
in Reno, Western Washington was under siege from the worst storm
to hit the area in 50 years. So much rain had fallen in such a short
time that the governor declared a state of emergency. Flights from
Reno were delayed up to a minimum of three hours, sparking fears
that there could be stranded shuffleboard players, and the turn
out at Ernie’s would be really small.
Come on, did
you really think that 10 days of doing nothing but playing shuffleboard
and a natural disaster would stop the faithful from showing up at
Ernie’s? Some players had to make multiple stops and finally
cruse into Sea-Tac on a puddle jumper with only nine seats. The
show must go on.
The show did
go on, everyone that’s anyone in Western Washington was at
Ernie’s Fir Cone. What a turn out. It was tremendous to see
so many great players doing what ever it took to be there. You could
tell that the players were tired, worn-out, and waterlogged by their
demeanor and sluggishness between matches, but while they were playing
you would have thought that this was their first time, what enthusiasm
and excitement. All the participants will tell you that this was
the most fun they had playing shuffleboard in a long time, if you
missed it - shame on you.
Due to all the
dedicated shuffleboard players at Ernie’s it was impossible
to finish the tournament. Therefore, first place was a split between
Claire and Clark Kenney and Jeanette and Mel Hohn. Third place went
to the team of Jennifer King and Mike Waters. Penny Jorgensen and
Dick Doak from Shelton finished in fourth place. Fifth place was
a tie between Tim and Sharon Nugent and the team of Frank and Carolyn
like thank the multitude of players and the Shelton Shuffleboard
Community for their tireless support. The next tournament at Ernie’s
Fir Cone will be the Washington State Tournament on December 7 thru
10, 2006. For more info contact Ernie at 360-426-2221.