Thirlmere senior citizens secure inaugural Wollondilly Cup: Photos

Some of Wollondilly’s oldest residents have shown great pride and skills to secure a unique shuffleboard title.

Thirlmere’s Bluegum Lifestyle Resort hosted teams from Sylvania and Padstow Heights in the inaugural Wollondilly Cup today (Monday, February 4).

Shuffleboard involves players using their hands to push weighted pucks down a long, wooden table that has been dusted with powder, into a scoring zone at the opposite end.

Bluegum team number three played well throughout the tournament before winning the final 10-5 against Bluegum number two.

Each team consisted of men and women aged in their 60s or 70s.

Monday’s competition was organised by Shuffleboard Australia managing director Steve Mortimer, who said it was a huge success.

“It was wonderful to see so many senior people playing or watching, they all loved it,” he said.

“Some residents were afraid to have a go but they got up and into it during the day.”

Mr Mortimer said shuffleboard could be played by people of all ages and abilities.

“It’s an indoor team sport that everyone can play” he said.

“I want to share shuffleboard with all senior citizens everywhere. It’s good to see our senior citizens lining up and doing their best.”

Mr Mortimer said he had plans to introduce a similar competition in Campbelltown and Camden.

“We will look at other towns and villages in Macarthur to participate in competitions,” he said.