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Reinman Outdoes Hutchinson In Tuscarora

August 12, 2019

In the past 20 months only 3 players, Andrew Hutchinson, Connor Reinman and Justin Slater, have claimed victory at an NCA singles event. Justin Slater wasn't in attendance in Tuscarora, but Hutchinson and Reinman ensured the exclusive winners circle would remain when they met to fight each other for the Turtle Island title.

A day of brutally long border wait times unfortunately caught out some players, and yet there were still 39 players in attendance for the morning round at the Tuscarora Nation House. That number would rise to a grand total of 44 (23 in competive, 16 in recreational, and 5 in kidz) by the afternoon.

Nathan Walsh led the preliminary round scores with 62 points and 101 20s in 10 games, followed by Ray Beierling at 60 points, Andrew Hutchinson at 54 and Connor Reinman at 51 and a tournament-high 115 20s. Also making the A Pool in the afternoon were Jeremy Tracey (51 points), Roy Campbell (47), Jon Conrad (45) and Ron Langill (43). Michael Meleg (42), Andrew Korchok (41) and Roger Vaillancourt (41) all just missed out on A Pool cutoff and were in Pool B for the afternoon.

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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:

General

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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