Each year, on the first Saturday in June, the National Crokinole
Association (Canada) begins the new tour season with the World Crokinole
Championships in Tavistock, Ontario.
Players from around the world travel to compete for bragging rights and
cash prizes ($1,000 CAD for the first place singles winner). The top
contenders are well known in the Crokinole community and their continued
success demonstrates the degree to which crokinole is a game of skill.
This year, there were a couple of special occurrences.
First, John Conrad became the first competitor to win in both the
singles and doubles brackets during the same tournament. This was his
first singles championship. Its my understanding that John is one of the
long time backbones of the crokinole community with significant
involvement in the local club scene as well as the NCA tour and
Justin Slater, the 2010 WCC Champion and 2012 runner-up, set a new
record in the 20's competition. Competitors keep track of the count of
20's the make in the preliminary rounds (8 x 40 games= 320 shots). The
count for the last dozen years has been between 86-108 20's. Justin
tallied 142 20's or 44% of his shots during competitive play. Its quite
amazing, I hope to get some commentary from some of the players that at
the tournament to comment on both Justin's skill and if there were
situational factors that contributed to such a blowout. Justin appears
to be the poster child, along with the likes of Nathan Walsh, of the
next generation of dominant crokinole players.
I'm amazed and thankful for those participants that shared tweets, blogs
and especially video and photograph from Tavistock this weekend. As the
game becomes more popular, it exciting to experience the community from
I'm looking forward to making the pilgramage myself in the coming years,
I'll have to enlist some family or friends to come with me.
Yesterday, I started my day a few minutes before 4am. Fortunately I awoke on my own since I mistakenly set my alarm for 3:50pm. Without wanting to wake my wife, I got dressed, grabbed my bag and set off to pick up my brother, Morgan. We were on our ...
This past June, I found a reason to repeat what might have been a once-just-to-do-it trip to Tavistock, ON for the World Crokinole Championships: I was able to convince my brother and my father to join Kieran and I. What a great time.
While playing cards with my family this morning, I saw the mailman pull
up out front for an apparent second delivery. With my birthday coming up
soon, I wondered what may have arrived from Amazon.com or similar online
However, when I watched him pull out a large square ...
Nathan Walsh, a ranked Crokinole player, just started a new blog called
CrokinoleCentre with a post
recapping the results of the 2012 London Crokinole tournament. Nathan is
also a prolific poster of crokinole videos on youtube, you should check
out his channel.
I know I've gone mental, while I await the work of art I
from Muzzies, I began to imagine sharing the
game with others. Bring the board to the office to show to friends and
colleagues, bring the board to VT to play with friends and family,
Erik and his wife, Lisa, have started the Choner Crokinole Championship 3 years ago in their Queens County, NY home. T-Shirts, participant giveaways and even an engraved chalice belied the fact that this event started with 10 friends and friendly games.
In 2012, the event graduated to the meeting room ...
Apparently, October 18 was a big day for crokinole players across the continent. At the top of the list the NCA sanctioned Ontario Doubles Crokinole Championship has held in Brucefield, ON. A couple other fun events were being held: #Crokchella in Calgary and of course, the 4th annual Choner Crokinole ...
Amongst my searches for everything online about crokinole, I discovered
some player profiles at Ray and Jason Beierling's Crokinole
Depot. Interestingly Ray interviewed a
few top tier players and asked them who made their favorite
boards. The answer's
didn't surprise me, except for one ...
A friend and I ordered a pair of 20 holders from Crokinole
Depot. I was excited to order
this for a number of reasons. First, Crokinole Depot is run by Ray and
Jason Beierling who are active in the Crokinole community and ranked
players. Their website and participation in online ...
Setup my new crokinole board on a 32" inch table in the family room for
the long weekend. 2 person games, 4 person games, adult games, and kid
games. While I wouldn't call it an obsession, it got plenty of play from
both my family and our hosts.
While hosting a birthday party for my 9 year old and 7 of his friends,no
had to opportunity to teach several of them crokinole. By first
demonstrating the flicking dynamic and showing the goal of hitting the
center of the board, they quickly understood what was required to take ...
I haven't got my hands on a copy yet, but in 2006, a movie was made.
Directed by Joshua &Jonathan Steckley, the film reportedly introduces us
to characters such as Mr. Crokinole (Wayne Kelly), Willard Martin and
"the Wayne Gretzky of Crokinole", Joe Fulop, in a light ...
After quite a bit of research and a gentle nudge from a friend or two, I
decided to purchase a board from Murray & Sue Skaling. I had strongly considered a newly
Hilinski board which had a gorgeous surface, but I had some personal
concerns about the rail seams and ...
Between Christmas 2011 and New Year's Day 2012, I happened to
(re)discover Crokinole while browsing the
internet. After quickly finding
myself perusing the forum's at BoardGameGeek.com, I was bewitched
by this game and the boards on which it was played.
Over president's day weekend, here in the United States, my family is
traveling north to Vermont to stay and ski with friends. Our friends
have a nice home close to a ski area and enjoy getting away from the
hustle and bustle of the city. I've decided to ...
Shortly after receiving my Puzzler board, I wrote about the process and
results of waxing. I performed my second waxing today and went out of my
way to be more generous with the wax as well as letting it dry for 20
minutes before wiping it off. I basically let ...
initially looks like a compelling and inexpensive portable table for a
Crokinole board. Unfornately, it didn't live up to my expectations.
Fortunately I found an inexpensive version on eBay. The image available
widely online shows a thin rectangular surface. This is NOT included
with or attached ...
The world crokinole championships are held
annually the first Saturday of June. Players from all over the world
(mostly Canada) converge on the small town to test their chops with the
best. I'd love to attend, but I'm not sure if there's a decent
alternative to the ...
The NCA (National Crokinole Association) Tour begins the first Saturday
of each June with the World Crokinole Championships in Tavistock, ON.
Today is the tour finale with the St. Jacob's tournament as previously
mentioned on this blog.
As a Canadian-American [ :D ] fan of the game, its one of those ...
During my research on Crokinole craftsman, I had come across a few
photographs of boards made by "Allinent." One of the side effects of
ordering a handcrafted item, is waiting for it to be handcrafted and
Occasionally, you'll find the
Hilinski's maintaining small inventory.
Today, I noticed ...
Dave and Norm Lagasse of Sante Fe, New Mexico:
~ Like so many other families of Canadian descent, among our most
valued family heirlooms is a "pichenotte" board (shown at left).
Ours was made by our grandfather, Lucien Rajotte, back in 1926 out
of a wooden starch crate (you can still ...
Having found some inconsistencies with my first set of discs and
significant impact on the speed of the board. I ventured out of my house
to find some pure carnuba paste wax. Boardgamegreek and other crokinole
forum's highly recommend "Mothers pure carnuba wax."