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Conrad, Hutchinson Ontario Champs at Long Last

November 19, 2019

It took crokinole’s highest regarded doubles strategist 11 years and 3 partners, but with a 12-6 finals victory Jon Conrad, and Andrew Hutchinson, finally claimed their inaugural Ontario Doubles title.

The 10th edition of the Ontario Doubles Crokinole Championship brought in a record 34 teams with 14 playing in competitive and 20 playing in the recreational division. On the competitive side a full round-robin was played among the 14 teams to determine the 4 teams advancing to the semifinals, while the recreational division split the field randomly in the morning into two pools and then had an A and B pool in the afternoon to better group skill levels on the day.

On the Recreational side, Peter Carter and Tyson Kuepfer formed a strong team and scored 43 points in 7 games in the morning for the top spot in Group A, while Rex Johnston and Ab Leitch looked to be the toughest competition for them by taking tops in Group B with 45 points.

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Hutchinson Maintains Scenic City Reign

November 15, 2019

The Jon Conrad and Andrew Hutchinson final was already entertaining a crowd of spectators as their first-to-11 points final reached a score of 9-9 with the next round determining the tournament champion. But the drama reached the levels of Shakespearean high-school play when both players missed a chance to win the match in the 10th round, ultimately pushing the score to 10-10 and setting up for another winner-take-all round.

In the spirit of collaboration the Owen Sound event, typically scheduled in November, swapped places with the Brucefield Ontario Doubles Crokinole Championship due to organizer conflict. The switch was a nice benefit for those driving through Western Ontario that Saturday morning. While the roads were clear of the impending snow that November commonly brings to the region, the Fall leaves offered a scenic path on the way to the Scenic City.

The competition contingent brought in 20 doubles teams in the Recreational division and 26 competition singles players, which included the Scenic City's last 5 champions (Ray Beierling 2014, Roy Campbell 2015, Jon Conrad 2016 & 2017, Andrew Hutchinson 2018) and 7 of the top 10 finishers from the previous World Crokinole Championships.

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Beierlings Bash in Belleville

September 28, 2019

In 2018, Jason Beierling had advanced to the Belleville final where his efforts ended in defeat in his first trip to the tournament's championship stage. 12 months later, he had returned to the final step and put in two confident playoff matches to come away victorious as the 2019 Belleville Crokinole Challenge winner.

For the second year in a row the Belleville event matched it's record-high attendance of 39, welcoming players from Owen Sound, Kingston, the greater Toronto area, Kitchener, London, Penetanguishene, Guelph, Tuscarora, New York and New Hampshire.

Morning play was split into 4 pool with Ray Beierling (61 points in 9 games) and Andrew Hutchinson (55 points) leading the way in Pool A. Barrie Wood scored 40 points for 3rd in the pool, but that would ultimately be 3 points shy of making Group A in the afternoon. Local favourite, Matt Brown, had the top score in Pool B with 51 points in 9 games, followed by Jason Beierling at 49 and Ron Langill at 48. Both Maradyn Wood and Clare Kuepfer scored 41 points to tie for 4th in the pool, and both would meet again in Group B in the second round.

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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:

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

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