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The Playoffs are Coming Up

Nathan Walsh May 1, 2013

As the NHL regular season comes to an end, and the playoffs in full view, the crokinole season also enters its most crucial and exciting stretch. On May 11th, the focus shifts to St. Jacob's for the 2013 Ontario Crokinole Championships, and the conclusion to the 5th season of the NCA Tour. And only a few weeks later will be the 15th edition of the World Crokinole Championships.

Last weekend was a busy one, as always, with the Joseph Schneider Haus and PEI Provincial Championships going on. While we'll wait for full results to come in from the PEI tournament, we can report that the Varna Crokinole Club has won the exclusive team tournament. While the tournament has underwent some changes over the years, its current competition slate has teams from Varna, St. Jacob's, Preston, London and Waterloo. In the most recent years it has really been pure dominance from Varna and St. Jacob's, creating quite the rivalry, but now Varna has won the past two JSH tournaments.

With the London and BC full tournament results now available, we can update the rankings.

For the NCA with one tournament left, the standing are tight. The "Low Score" column shows the lowest score counting in a player's current point total. A score of 0, means that this player has played less than four tournaments, and does not yet have a complete point total. This column gives an indication to how much a player's score can change, as a strong St. Jacob's finish will eliminate their lowest score. Obviously "Max Score" shows the highest possible point total for the player.

Rank Name Points Low Score Max Score
1 Jon Conrad 204 47 212
2 Brian Cook 200 50 205
3 Fred Slater 197 45 207
4 Ray Beierling 190 45 200
5 Jason Beierling 186 45 196
6 Louis Gauthier 174 39 190
7 Eric Miltenburg 163 40 178
8 Matt Brown 160 38 177
8 Roy Campbell 160 34 181
10 Clare Kuepfer 158 38 175
11 Nathan Walsh 157 33 179
12 Howard Martin 150 31 174
13 David Brown 148 34 169
14 Joe Arnup 137 20 172
15 Chris Gorsline 136 23 168
16 Peter Tarle 131 29 157
17 Rex Johnston 125 0 180
18 John Harvey 124 0 179
19 Barry Kiggins 115 0 170
20 Reg Chisholm 115 20 150
21 Joe Richards 106 0 161
22 Justin Slater 104 0 159
23 Tom Johnston 104 0 159
24 Lloyd Wiseman 103 0 158
25 Kent Robinson 98 0 153
26 Dale Henry 97 20 132
27 Ron Haymes 96 0 151
28 Quin Erzinger 95 0 150
29 Linda Irvine 95 0 150
30 Jody Good 94 0 149
31 Ron Reesor 88 0 143
32 Reuben Jong 87 0 142
33 Len Chard 85 0 140
34 Rob Jr. Mader 83 0 138
35 Adrian Conradi 82 0 137
36 Tony Snyder 82 0 137
37 Jordon Ripley 81 0 136
38 Nathan Jongsma 81 0 136
39 Michael Hughes 80 0 135
40 Lawson Lea 77 0 132

I plan on doing a more in depth analysis of the NCA Tour scenarios soon, but for now we'll leave you with a bit of a teaser.

  • 3 players can finish 1st
  • 4 players can make the top 3
  • 6 can make the top 5
  • 18 can make the top 7
  • 22 can make the top 10

And let's not forget about another edition of the CrokinoleCentre rankings, updated as of London 2013 tournament. Here's the top 40:

Rank Name Points
1 Brian Cook 305
2 Jon Conrad 298
3 Fred Slater 289
4 Ray Beierling 288
5 Jason Beierling 283
6 Eric Miltenburg 259
7 Clare Kuepfer 251
8 Louis Gauthier 245
9 Nathan Walsh 233
10 Howard Martin 231
11 Justin Slater 230
12 Joe Arnup 227
13 Matt Brown 226
14 Paul Brubacher 204
15 Chris Gorsline 201
16 Rex Johnston 192
17 Tom Johnston 191
18 Lawson Lea 189
19 Roy Campbell 178
20 Dave Brown 169
21 Rob Mader 160
22 Nathan Jongsma 155
23 Ron Haymes 152
24 Greg Matthison 150
25 Kent Robinson 149
26 Quin Erzinger 139
27 Linda Irvine 137
28 Rueben Jongsma 127
29 John Harvey 125
30 Adrian Conradi 123
31 Michael Hughes 120
32 Ed Ripley 116
33 Tom Doucette 115
34 Wilfred Smith 114
35 Ed Erzinger 111
36 Denis Chartier 110
37 Ron Reesor 106
38 Lloyd Wiseman 104
39 Wayne Gingerich 96
40 Jody Good 94

You'll notice the top 6 remain unchanged, Louis Gauthier and Clare Kuepfer swap places at 7th and 8th, and Howard Martin reclaims a spot in the top 10 as Paul Brubacher falls from 9th to 14th. By not playing, Justin Slater has reached his highest ranking yet at 11th, and once the PEI results come in, and the points from 2012 get cut in half, he'll even move up into the top 10, as those ahead of him lose points. Speaking of PEI, Lawson Lea still holds the highest position of a non-Ontario player, sitting at 18th. And from BC, Quin Erzinger moves up to 26th, with fellow BC contender and highest ranked female, Linda Irvine in 27th.

And in the singles rankings:

Rank Singles Only Points
1 Brian Cook 305.5
2 Jon Conrad 290
3 Ray Beierling 286
4 Eric Miltenburg 255
5 Fred Slater 255
6 Clare Kuepfer 235.5
7 Jason Beierling 234
8 Louis Gauthier 215.5
9 Howard Martin 211.5
10 Nathan Walsh 199.5
11 Paul Brubacher 196
12 Matt Brown 171.5
13 Roy Campbell 168.5
14 Justin Slater 154
15 Greg Matthison 150.5
16 Joe Arnup 149.5
17 Rob Mader 126.5
18 Rueben Jongsma 107
19 Kent Robinson 106.5
20 Ron Reesor 106
21 Lawson Lea 103.5
22 Rex Johnston 100.5
23 Dave Brown 99
24 Tom Johnston 99
25 Chris Gorsline 93
26 Nathan Jongsma 92.5
27 John Harvey 82
28 Jason Hogan 75.5
29 Tom Doucette 74
30 Quin Erzinger 71.5
31 Lawrence Wicks 68
32 Wilfred Smith 67.5
33 Alex Protas 67.5
34 Lloyd Wiseman 67
35 Adrian Conradi 65.5
36 Linda Irvine 65.5
37 Jason Carter 65
38 Ron Haymes 59.5
39 Brian Wensley 56.5
40 Ab Leitch 54.5

Brian Cook remains out in with no signs of relinquishing his top ranking, though the two most important tournaments of the year are approaching with lots of ranking points up for grabs. With the London results, Jon Conrad's second place finish pushes him ahead of Ray Beierling for a second-third place swap. Jason Beierling's absence, thus not being able to defend his London title has caused him to drop to 7th, allowing Eric Miltenburg to move to 4th, Fred Slater to 5th and Clare Kuepfer up into 6th. The biggest mover was Matt Brown, some nice results moved him up from 18th to now 12th, with the potential to reach the top 10 before the end of the year.