Saturday, 16 June 2018

2018 Fantasy Crokinole Pool Results


Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to present the most prestigious award in crokinole; the winner of World Crokinole Championship Fantasy Pool for 2018 is . . . 

Andrew Hutchinson AND Dwayne Campbell

(Posted below are the top 12 finishers, and if you would like your own score and position, please send me a message.)

Rank
Team
Pts
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
T1
Dwayne Campbell
530
Justin Slater
Jason Beierling
Tom Johnston
Rob C Mader
Ray Beierling
Roy Campbell
Eric MIltenburg
Christina Campbell
T1
Andrew Hutchinson
530
Justin Slater
Jason Beierling
Tom Johnston
Rob C Mader
Connor Reinman
Jeremy Tracey
Ray Kappes
Kevin Brooks
T3
John Bedtelyon
520
Justin Slater
Jason Beierling
Eric MIltenburg
Lawson Lea
Ray Beierling
Jeremy Tracey
Ray Kappes
Wilfred Smith
T3
Robert Bonnett
520
Justin Slater
Fred Slater
Tom Johnston
Kevin Brooks
Ray Beierling
Jeremy Tracey
Ray Kappes
Rob C Mader
T5
Jason Beierling
515
Justin Slater
Jason Beierling
Tom Johnston
Kevin Brooks
Connor Reinman
Jeremy Tracey
Ray Kappes
Christina Campbell
T5
Fred Slater
515
Justin Slater
Jason Beierling
Ray Kappes
Randy Harris
Jon Conrad
Fred Slater
Tom Johnston
Wilfred Smith
T7
Justin Slater
510
Justin Slater
Jason Beierling
Dwayne Campbell
Rob C Mader
Connor Reinman
Jeremy Tracey
Tom Johnston
Christina Campbell
T7
Connor Reinman
510
Justin Slater
Jeremy Tracey
Ray Kappes
Randy Harris
Nathan Walsh
Andrew Hutchinson
Dwayne Campbell
Kevin Brooks
9
Christina Campbell
500
Justin Slater
Jason Beierling
Dwayne Campbell
Cathy Kuepfer
Ray Beierling
Jeremy Tracey
Eric MIltenburg
Christina Campbell
10
Matt Brown
495
Justin Slater
Jason Beierling
Matt Brown
Ezra Jantzi
Ray Beierling
Roy Campbell
Tom Johnston
Rob C Mader
T11
Tom Johnston
485
Justin Slater
Jason Beierling
Tom Johnston
Rueben Jong
Robert Bonnett
Jeremy Tracey
Rex Johnston
Rob C Mader
T11
Jeremy Herrmann
485
Justin Slater
Jeremy Tracey
Ray Kappes
Greg Pinel
Jon Conrad
Fred Slater
Dwayne Campbell
Jeremy Herrmann

Dwayne and Andrew were both snake-bitten in terms of qualifications throughout the day for their singles play (let’s not take too long on this though and spoil the WCC results blog that will come later), but both came through where it really counts and for the first time ever we have a tie for the 4th annual award of the most coveted and sought after prize in the fantasy sports world.

Further Analysis
1. Dwayne Campbell and Andrew Hutchinson proved the old saying, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat, but you still end up with the same amount of crokinole fantasy points.” They each had one matching choice in each of the 4 available groups, and one unique selection.

2. Neither Campbell nor Hutchinson picked themselves, which has been the case for the winning team in 2 of the first 3 years of this fantasy competition. Had either selected themselves, or each other, they could have won the fantasy title outright.

3. One impressive note on Hutchinson’s selections is that he made them publicly online 3 days before the tournament. Just another bold move from the Pink Shirted CoyoteTM.

4. I’d consider having some sort of tiebreaker question to ensure we have an outright winner, but considering that of the 34 entries this year, there were still a few incorrectly filled out ballots, I’ll hold off on doing anything that could add more confusion.

5. Robert Bonnett finished tied for 2nd in the fantasy pool last year, this year he finished tied for 3rd, only missing the top spot by 10 points. Meanwhile, John Bedtelyon comes in with a very impressive debut performance to share the final spot on the podium with Bonnett.

6. I made a significant error as I totally missed that Reid Tracey should have been place in Group C according to the fantasy pool criteria. But clearly so did everyone else as the 12th place finisher at the tournament went completely unselected. He was joined by Brian Simpson as the only other Top 16 finisher to go unselected.

7. The unluckiest entrant this year is Matt Brown. He scored 495 points for 10th place, but had selected Ezra Jantzi, who had switched over to the Cues side (pretty successfully I might add). For Brown, any other selection that finished in the top 30 would have been enough to give him the fantasy crown.

8. Jeremy Herrmann was also unlucky, selecting Greg Pinel who was not in attendance. But he did wisely choose himself (one of only 2 to make that choice to pick up the points for the 11th place finish).

9. The most popular Group A selections were once again Justin Slater and Ray Beierling. Justin was selected on 23 of 34 teams, while Ray was selected on 14. Jon Conrad was under-rated last year, only being picked on 4 teams, and this year it was a similar story as he was picked on 8 teams. But for the second year in a row he proved those doubters wrong with a high finish.

10. Selections from Group B were quite concentrated with Jason Beierling being selected 21 times and Jeremy Tracey selected 15 times. Optimal choices Andrew Hutchinson and Roy Campbell were selected 8 and 5 times respectively.

11. Tom Johnston led Group C selections with 18, followed by Ray Kappes with 11. Dwayne Campbell was picked 8 times and for the 2nd straight year found himself on the “best possible team” list.

12. Group D selections were quite varied with Rob Mader leading the way at 9, and Randy Harris, Cathy Kuepfer and Christina Campbell as popular choices behind.

13. The best possible team selection would have earned 610 points overall and included:
  • Group A: Justin Slater (1st), Jon Conrad (2nd)
  • Group B: Jason Beierling (4th), (Andrew Hutchinson (5th) OR Roy Campbell (8th))
  • Group C: Dwayne Campbell (7th), Tom Johnston (6th)
  • Group D: Jeremy Herrmann (11th), Reid Tracey (12th)
Thanks to all for participating once again and enjoying the little extra entertainment value that this fantasy pool offers in addition to the World Championship tournament.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

2018 World Crokinole Championship Fantasy Pool


Did you not pick Vegas in your Stanley Cup bracket and are starting to feel a little foolish? Well, you’re not alone. Is your knowledge of the professional crokinole circuit vastly superior to that of the NHL? Well, join the club.

Join the club of people willing to put their ego on the line that is, by filling out a roster for the 2018 WCC Fantasy Pool.

Last year, Nathan Walsh became Fantasy Pool champion, joining the esteemed ranks alongside Roy Campbell and Clare Kuepfer as previous winners. 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.

The rules are simple (and the same as ever): 
1. Pick the best 8 player team consisting of:
2 players from Group A
2 players from Group B
2 players from Group C
and 2 players from Group D.
2. The higher up your players finish, the more points your team earns.
3. Whoever has the team with the most points will win the coveted title of Crokinole Fantasy Champion, and bragging rights until their title is challenged next year.

NOTE: Fantasy Pool results are limited to the Competitive Singles category.

The separation into 4 different groups is designed to spread out the talent, so a the winning team will require a strong showing from many different players who outperform their expectations.

This year, the groups were divided based on 2018 NCA Tournament results. 
Group A - Any player with a victory on the 2017/2018 NCA Tour.
Group B - Any player who finished in the Top 4 of a 2017/2018 NCA tournament.
Group C - Any player who finished in the Top 8 of a 2017/2018 NCA doubles event, or Top 12 of an NCA singles event.
Group D - Any player not listed in Groups A, B or C. As a guide, a list of notable players have been provided.


Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Justin Slater
Nathan Jongsma
Ray Kappes
Randy Harris
Ray Beierling
Jason Beierling
Kevin Bechtel
Rueben Jong
Nathan Walsh
Tony Snyder
Lloyd Wiseman
Ezra Jantzi
Jon Conrad
Dave Meijer
Steve Wiseman
Dale Henry
Clare Kuepfer
Justin Martin
Dave Brown
Ab Leitch
Connor Reinman
Jonathan Phillips
Matt Brown
Greg Pinel
Robert Bonnett
Jeremy Tracey
Dwayne Campbell
Cathy Kuepfer

Nolan Tracey
Roger Vaillancourt
Barry Kiggins

Roy Campbell
Neil Cook
Kevin Brooks

Fred Slater
Tom Johnston
Lawson Lea

Brian Simpson
Rex Johnston
Rob C Mader

Andrew Hutchinson
Howard Martin
Merv Wice


Eric Miltenburg
Wilfred Smith


Michael Meleg
Robert Weeks


Wayne Scott
Peter Tarle


Len Chard
Christina Campbell


Beverly Vaillancourt
Derek McKie


Peter Carter



Ron Reesor



This is where a little inside information can make the difference. If you know of a real ringer coming in, or you want to take a chance, put then in your lineup.

Points will be awarded as follows:
1st - 100
2nd - 90
3rd - 85
4th - 80
5th-8th - 70
9th-12th - 65
13th-16th - 60
17th-20th - 50
21st-25th - 45
26th-30th - 40
31st-35th - 35
36th-40th - 30
41st-45th - 25
46th-50th - 20
51st-60th - 15
61st-70th - 10
>71st - 5

To solve the issue of not knowing who is attending the event, there will be printouts provided at the tournament to set your Fantasy team at the last minute. Entries will be accepted online, and in person, until 1:30pm EST on June 2nd, 2018. 

That being said, feel free to comment below on your strategy and current picks to get a discussion rolling.

Good luck and have fun!