All of the news following competitive Crokinole.

Slater Ends Carr's Magical Run for 5th World Title

July 4, 2019

It was a near magical run for the unheralded Darren Carr who put together a string of surprises to move within a few points of becoming World Champion, but ultimately it came to an end as an unshakable Justin Slater forever stamped his legacy on the World Crokinole Championships by winning the event for the 5th time.

The 2019 World Crokinole Championship brought to light crokinole's ever increasing appeal and popularity as the tournament smashed attendance records with just under 400 players competing in the 21st annual edition. The surge in attendance provided challenges for the W/cc/ organizational committee as the Singles competition sold out weeks before the June 1st tournament. On tournament day, the Tavistock arena floor was decorated with 127 crokinole boards, leaving no boards, chairs, tables, or even physical space, to be spared.

The record attendance was comprised mostly of Ontarians, but also featured players travelling from PEI, Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories, and the Tuscarora Iriquois nation in New York. Once again a large number of Americans were in competition, with 30 players representing 7 states, deriving mostly from the crokinole clubs The City Flickers (Georgia), The Cambridge J's (Massachusetts) and The Extra Pint Crokinole Club (New York).

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Crokinole in the Media in 2019

June 9, 2019

A non-comprehensive listing of media links related to crokinole in the past 12 months:


CBC Life & Culture: The beginner's guide to the greatest pastimes: Crokinole

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2019 Fantasy Crokinole Pool Results

June 9, 2019

The numbers have been crunched and we have a winner for the World Crokinole Championship Fantasy Pool who goes by the name of . . . Andrew Hutchinson.

(Posted below are the top 10 finishers, and if you would like your own score and position, please send me a message.)

RankTeamPtsGroup AGroup BGroup CGroup D

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2019 World Crokinole Championship Fantasy Pool

May 26, 2019

It's the end of May. The sun is out. And the World Championship Promo video presented by CrokinoleCentre was just released. All signs point to the World Crokinole Championships being just around the corner, which means it's time for another edition of the World Crokinole Championship Fantasy Pool.

Last year, Andrew Hutchinson and Dwayne Campbell shared the title of Fantasy Pool champion, joining the esteemed ranks alongside previous winners Roy Campbell, Clare Kuepfer, and Nathan Walsh. Will one of them become the first two-time champion? Will there be new champion? Will it be you? You will get to play a part in deciding if that is the case.

While the rules are the same as ever and we'll have some paper forms available at the NCA booth on tournament, there's one tweak as team submissions will be accepted via google form this year. So you may submit your team here.

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Reinman Clutches Way Through to Ontario Title

May 19, 2019

There is no doubt about it, Connor Reinman has been a contender ever since he made his NCA debut at the 2017 Ontario Singles Championship. In 2017 he was a complete unknown (except with a familiar voice from some CrokinoleCentre videos) and yet finished 9th in the provincial championship, and a month later finished 3rd in the world championship. Later he added an Ontario Doubles title and Ontario Singles runner-up finish to his short but impressive achievements list, and on Saturday he showed steely nerves against crokinole veterans to win the 2019 Ontario Singles Crokinole Championship.

Long-time St. Jacobs club member and organizer of the Ontario Singles Crokinole Championship, Howard Martin, welcomed the crowd of 53 to the 2019 edition. Martin also gave a brief oral history of the tournament, which stretches back to 1960 as its inaugural year and has always been hosted by the St. Jacobs Crokinole Club.

The 1960 tournament saw 64 entrants for the combined cues and fingers event. Following that year, the tournament went through some sporadic years of occurrence (and record keeping), and it wasn't until 1980 that the event was reborn with the vigour to be an annual staple in the crokinole calendar from 1980 until 2006. The event would then cease to exist in 2007, with little expectation of a re-birth, until the creation of the National Crokinole Association Tour in 2009, which revived the event and served as the final Tour stop in each of the 11 seasons that have followed.

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Beierlings Show Off Championship Form at Inaugural US Open

May 14, 2019

Throughout the day all eyes were on the 2 Canadian teams, both as a measuring stick to judge ones own level of play, and as a potential finals match. And although there were some close calls along the way, in the end the Protractor and Angles team of Jason and Ray Beierling faced off against The Canadian Cue Balls of Jeremy Tracey and Andrew Hutchinson in what seemed like a dream match up. However, when push came to shove, the Beierling brothers played the best crokinole when it mattered and brought the first US Open Doubles Crokinole championship home.

Although the Beierlings emerged victorious, perhaps the greatest success was the tournament itself. Considering that around a year and a half ago the host Extra Pint Crokinole Club didn't exist, nor had any of the members even heard of the game, it is amazing that they were able to run such a world class tournament. Neither the club nor the tournament would have ever came to be if the founder, Jason Molloy, hadn't clicked on one of the suggested videos (a CrokinoleCentre video) while watching disc golf videos on YouTube. Like so many others, Jason wondered what this game was, but was also intrigued enough to buy a board and introduce it to some of his friends. Those friends started to share the good news of crokinole with other friends, and before long there were 8 players playing doubles around 2 boards all crowded into Jason's shed. And thus the Extra Pint Crokinole Club was born.

As their love of the game grew, their numbers did also, prompting them to move to the local legion, creating a symbiotic relationship where the club had access to space, and the legion made beer sales...lots of beer sales. Falling in love with crokinole, the club was interested to see if there were others in their corner of the country that played the game, so they decided to run a tournament to promote the game in the area and attract fanatics from the surrounding states and beyond. And so not knowing what to expect, they announced the 1st ever US Open Crokinole tournament.

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