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2013 Year-End CrokinoleCentre Rankings

Nathan Walsh July 19, 2013

One year ago the first edition of the CrokinoleCentre rankings were released. The main goal was to establish some way of ranking players on their most recent tournaments, to hopefully compare players on their current form. The rankings use results from the past two years with the majority of points weighted with towards the most recent year.

When the rankings were first released, here's what the top 20 looked like.

Rank Name Points
1 Brian Cook 305.5
2 Jon Conrad 298
3 Fred Slater 296.5
4 Ray Beierling 286.5
5 Jason Beierling 281.5
6 Eric Miltenburg 270.5
7 Joe Arnup 262
8 Nathan Walsh 255.5
9 Clare Kuepfer 246.5
10 Ron Haymes 240
11 Paul Brubacher 239
12 Louis Gauthier 233.5
13 Justin Slater 230
14 Howard Martin 223
15 Dave Brown 213.5
16 Matt Brown 183
17 Rex Johnston 179.5
18 Greg Matthison 168.5
19 Chris Gorsline 157
20 Ray Haymes 148

Despite being the first to ever win the doubles and singles categories in one World Championships (and amassing enough points to propel him to his first NCA Tour title), Jon Conrad still sat second to Brian Cook's consistent form. This seemed fair, as the general consesus of players probably still would have ranked Brian Cook ahead of Jon Conrad at the time, even with Conrad's historic feat fresh in their mind. Fred Slater, Ray Beierling and Jason Beierling were coming off consecutive years in the NCA top 5. Miltenurg, Arnup, Walsh, Kuepfer and Gauthier all had strong years in the NCA, while Ron Haymes and Paul Brubacher had recently had strong performances in the World Championships.

Here is a look at the current standings following the 2013 World Championships. (The Top 50 are listed here, but the full rankings including 150 players are listed under the Rankings tab above.)

One full year later and not much has changed among the top group. Most noticeably, Jon Conrad has finally grabbed the number one rankings, moving Brian Cook down to #2. A fitting finish to the year for Conrad, who held the moniker of World Champion, while trying to defend a fantastic start to the NCA Tour, and performed brilliantly through it all. Back-to-back World titles in the singles categories, and a runner-up finish in doubles puts Conrad at the pinnacle of the game of crokinole and easily deserving of the number 1 spot in the rankings.

The rankings points also show a clear distinction between the top 5 and the field, with 33 points between 5th and 6th. A much larger gap than at the start of the year where only 11.5 points separated 5th and 6th. An equally fitting result as the top 5 players, made up the championship finals of every Ontario tournament with the exception of 3. The only Ontario tournament not won by one of these top 5 players was the 2013 St. Jacob's.

Rank Name Points
1 Jon Conrad 304.5
2 Brian Cook 301
3 Fred Slater 297.5
4 Ray Beierling 296.5
5 Jason Beierling 286
6 Eric Miltenburg 253
7 Clare Kuepfer 248.5
8 Nathan Walsh 248
9 Louis Gauthier 246
10 Rex Johnston 235
11 Justin Slater 234.5
12 Matt Brown 231
13 Howard Martin 229.5
14 Roy Campbell 223
15 Tom Johnston 220.5
16 Dave Brown 213
17 Barry Kiggins 206.5
18 Peter Tarle 195
19 Greg Matthison 189.5
20 Chris Gorsline 184
21 John Harvey 177.5
22 Joe Arnup 172
23 Rob Mader 169.5
24 Ron Haymes 162.5
25 Kent Robinson 161.5
26 Ab Leitch 159
27 Lawson Lea 158
28 Dale Henry 157.5
29 Ray Haymes 157
30 Robert Bonnett 155
31 Paul Brubacher 150
32 Lloyd Wiseman 143.5
33 Bob Mader 141
34 Joe Richards 140.5
35 Tony Snyder 139.5
36 Quin Erzinger 139
37 Linda Irvine 137
38 Alex Protas 126.5
39 Rueben Jongsma 126
40 Nathan Jongsma 125.5
41 Ron Reesor 124
42 Adrian Conradi 123.5
43 Michael Hughes 120
44 Reg Chisholm 120
45 Ed Ripley 116.5
46 Bill Freeman 115
47 Ed Erzinger 111.5
48 Roger Vaillancourt 111.5
49 Denis Chartier 110
50 Tom Doucette 109

Throughout the year, the results of only the singles events of the year have been tracked, with the idea that removing the doubles tournaments will provide as different look at each players form, and perhaps give a better idea of who the top players are.

At the start of the year the top 5 looked like this:

Rank Singles Only Points
1 Brian Cook 305.5
2 Jon Conrad 298
3 Fred Slater 296.5
4 Ray Beierling 286.5
5 Jason Beierling 281.5

Throughout the year Brian Cook held the number 1 spots in both ranking categories, and will remain the number 1 ranked player in this category at the end of the season. However, the hunt for the top spot has become much tighter with less than 4 points separating the top 3 players. Furthermore, that hunt for the top has created a massive gap between the top 3 and the remaining field, separated by 38 points.

Rank Singles Only Points
1 Brian Cook 295
2 Jon Conrad 293.5
3 Ray Beierling 291.5
4 Fred Slater 253.5
5 Eric Miltenburg 246
6 Nathan Walsh 232
7 Clare Kuepfer 227.5
8 Louis Gauthier 222
9 Jason Beierling 221
10 Howard Martin 209.5
11 Roy Campbell 194
12 Peter Tarle 171.5
13 Ab Leitch 159
14 Dale Henry 157.5
15 Greg Matthison 155.5
16 Justin Slater 153.5
17 Barry Kiggins 142
18 Tom Johnston 138
19 Dave Brown 136
20 Joe Arnup 128
21 Alex Protas 126.5
22 Rueben Jongsma 126
23 Ron Reesor 124
24 John Harvey 122.5
25 Rob Mader 115.5
26 Paul Brubacher 113
27 Reg Chisholm 99
28 Bob Mader 90
29 Tom Doucette 88.5
30 Chris Gorsline 88

Overall it has been an enjoyable start to producing and tracking these rankings, and this will continue into the future.

Soon around in the calendar is the second annual running of the Turtle Island Crokinole Tournament in Lewiston, New York on August 11th. And as an extra bonus it will be added to the 2013-2014 NCA Tour.