With the Winter season coming to a close, the crokinole season is heating up to its dramatic climax. So to get you ready for the wild flurry of crokinole that is sure to come, let's update the crokinole scene.
The NCA Tour only has two Ontario tournaments remaining, and the BC Provincial Championships. So here is a look at the top 25 ranked players on the NCA Tour thus far in the 2012-2013 season.
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Since Jon Conrad's magnificent start to the season, he has been able to hold the lead. The maximum amount of points any other player can achieve is 205, and Jon Conrad's lowest scoring tournament this season has given him 45 points. So at 202 points, Conrad can secure the NCA title by either winning the London tournament, or by finishing in the top 3 in St. Jacob's for the NCA finale. For Brian Cook, he can win his 3rd straight NCA title only if Conrad does not accomplish any of the aforementioned tasks, and he wins the tournament in St. Jacob's. In fact, if Conrad finishes 4th in St. Jacob's, and Brian Cook wins in St. Jacob's, the two will tie for the NCA title.
Fred Slater also has an opportunity to win the NCA title. Currently sitting at 192 points, he can earn up to a maximum of 207 points, and if the opportunity is there, Slater can take the title with one win and one high finish in two of the remaining tournaments. If he can make his way out to BC and performs well, he'll be even better off heading into the NCA Finale.
With an outside chance of winning the NCA Tour is Ray Beierling. He has 190 points and can earn a maximum of 203. He'll have to win the London tournament (which he has done 3 of 4 times) and then win in St. Jacob's while preventing the three players in front of him from earning anymore points. Long odds, but at least he still has a chance.
After the Hamilton tournament I took to trying to perfect the ranking system. Before there had been some obvious errors in how the points were tracked. The worst errors were that some top players had been completely off the list. But now the list is much more complete and definitely contains less errors. Here are the top 50 CrokinoleCentre rankings:
The top 5 still remains unchanged, but both Raymond and Jason Beierling have increased their point totals and are closing in on the top 3. I expect to see the top 5 ranking shift and change after the results come in from the March tournaments. In the latter half of the top 10, Eric Miltenburg, and Louis Gauthier have moved up while Paul Brubacher slides into 9th. Moving up well due to error corrections are Lawson Lea from PEI (16th), Tom Johnston (18th) and Roy Campbell (20th).
Here is a list of the top 50 Singles Only CrokinoleCentre rankings:
Interesting to note, Ray Beierling swaps places with Jon Conrad in 2nd and 3rd, while Paul Brubacher moves into the top 10, all the way up to 7th, as Nathan Walsh falls out of the top 10 to 11th. With an appropriate point score, Roy Campbell now sits 13th.
Coming up in the next few weeks, we'll get you ready for the London Crokinole Club Tournament, and the BC Provincial Crokinole Championship.