whyalla mens shed shuffle board

Doing the shuffle

The Whyalla Men’s Shed, in association with Beyond Bank Australia, has recently delivered three new lightweight shuffleboards for use by Whyalla Aged Care Residents.

Amaroo Lodge, Yeltana Nursing Home and Copperhouse Court will all receive one shuffle board to replace the previous aging boards which were deemed too heavy during a WH&S inspection in early 2015.

The shuffleboards, made principally by Whyalla Men’s Shed President Gary Misan are 8 feet (2400mm) long and 2 feet (600mm) wide and weigh 11kg which is less than half the weight of the previous models. Gary Misan said “the new design sacrifices nothing in terms of usability or rigidity but makes them much easier for staff to move and store.”

Peter Medlicott, a long time resident of Copperhouse Court said “the new boards look very professional and their light weight and carry handles will ensure they get brought out of storage more regularly for residents to play.”

Juanita Walker, CEO of Whyalla Aged Care Inc said the residents were disappointed when the original shuffleboards were decommissioned and have been looking forward to the new ones for some time. “We are particularly grateful to the Men’s Shed for making the replacement boards and to Beyond Bank for generously covering the cost of materials and labour” Mrs Walker said. The boards were delivered to each facility in the last week and she was encouraged to see residents were already playing shuffleboard on a more consistent basis.

Kelly Hyslop, the local Whyalla Branch Manager for Beyond Bank Australia said “Beyond Bank was pleased to be able to assist in this well-conceived community initiative.

“As a community focused organisation Beyond Bank believes it is important to support local projects wherever possible and this is a good example of what can be achieved through consultation and partnership.”

Shuffleboard is bit akin to lawn bowls. Each player gets several pucks which they slide down the board to the 100, 200, 300 point score lines, aiming for the highest score. The next player comes along and aims for a higher score while also trying to knock their opponents’ pucks into the gutter of the board. The player with the highest aggregate points wins.

The Whyalla Men’s Shed makes boards for the traditional shuffleboard game as well as the Dutch version, known as Sjoelbak or Sjoelen. Enquires should be directed to: admin@whyallamensshed.org.au.