SJOELBAK

A Dutch game. The verb « sjoelen » has its origins in the North of the Netherlands.

Its ancestor was the English game « Shovelboard » which was played by the middle class in the 16th century. The game was played with metallic pawns on tables with a length of 9 metres.
The game was forbidden in England because King Henry VIII lost 9 pounds in a shovelboard game.

It is said that the English boatsmen continued the game on the decks of the ships made of wood using silver coins. But because too many coins went overboard the coins were replaced by wooden discs.

Since the 18th century people have played this game as it is at present.

In the 1970s the sport took a large-scale interest in the Netherlands and local and national competitions were organised and have been organised ever since.