2015 World Crokinole Championship Fantasy Pool

With under 2 weeks to go until the World Championships you may only want to focus on preparing your game for the world’s best. But have you taken time to think about how the day will shape up? Who’s going to come out of nowhere? Who’s going to falter? And most importantly, who’s going to win the 17th World Championship?

Do you want to finally prove once and for all your prediction prowess? Are you afraid that your prognostications will go unheard despite being astonishingly accurate?

Well why not take your hand at picking a team for the first ever Crokinole Fantasy Pool?

The rules are simple: 

1. Pick the best 8 player team consisting of 2 players from Group A, 2 players from Group B, 2 from Group C, and 2 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.

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

I initially thought about drafting the groups subjectively by my own choosing, but then thought it should probably have some objective basis. As such, the groups are determined based on the current CrokinoleCentre Rankings.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

(The top 6 CrokinoleCentre Ranked players.)

(Rankings from 7-20)

(Rankings from 21-40)

You may pick any player not listed in Groups A, B, or C.

Justin Slater

Jason Beierling

Ron Reesor

Brian Henry

Ray Beierling

Matt Brown

Brian Simpson

Kyle Vaillancourt

Nathan Walsh

Roy Campbell

Reuben Jong

Rob Mader

Fred Slater

Tom Johnston

Ab Leitch

Ed Ripley

Brian Cook

Clare Kuepfer

Alex Protas

Barry Kiggins

Jon Conrad

Eric Miltenburg

Chris Gorsline

Ralph Hargrave

John Harvey

Dale Henry

Abijah Jong

Dave Brown

Tony Snyder

Kevin Bechtel

Rex Johnston

Peter Carter

Raymond Kappes

Howard Martin

Cathy Kuepfer

Bob Mader

Robert Bonnett

Paul Brubacher

Jeremy Gunn

Roger Vaillancourt

Gloria Walsh

Beverly Vaillancourt

Peter Tarle

Ray Haymes

John Lichty

Louis Gauthier

Jody Good

Kevin Brooks

Nathan Jongsma

Bob Jones

Linda Irvine

Curt Currie

Quin Erzinger

Ewen MacPhail

Ron Haymes

Richard Guptill

Adrian Conradi

Daryl MacDonald

Michael Hughes

David Younker

Note: For Group D the players listed above are ranked 41 to 60, but you are also permitted to pick any player not included in any of the other groups.

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, then select that player for your team.

As an example team, for the 2014 World Championships, the ideal team would have included

Group A - Brian Cook (1st) and Justin Slater (2nd)

Group B - Matt Brown (4th) and John Harvey (7th)

Group C - Ray Haymes (13th) and Tony Snyder (15th)

Group D - Ezra Yantzi (10th) and Kevin Bechtel (14th)

This would have met all conditions for player choices (2 from each group) and put all 8 players in the top 15. Notice the choice of Ezra Jantzi would have been an “off the board” pick as he is not listed in Group D.

Points will be awarded to each member of a team 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

The ideal 2014 team would have earned:

100 (Cook) + 90 (Slater) + 80 (Brown) + 70 (Harvey) + 65 (Yantzi) + 60 (Haymes) + 60 (Bechtel) + 60 (Snyder) = 585 points

Enter your team roster with a comment below. Entries will be accepted until 1:30pm EST on June 6th, 2015.

Entries can be made in the comments of the NING Website, or on CrokinoleCentre.

Good luck and have fun!

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Comment by Jason Beierling on May 30, 2015 at 7:37am

I enjoy this.. I would say it would be better if we knew for sure who was going to be there, and the ranking groups maybe are not the fairest based on NCA tournaments only. But I don't know how to make it any better.. so i am making some picks anyway.

J. Slater, R. Beierling, T. Johnston, R Campbell, N. Jongsma, Ray Haymes, D. MacDonald, D. Younker 

Comment by Nathan Walsh on May 27, 2015 at 8:08pm

For the sake of simplicity, we'll keep it limited to players in the Adult category, and any players chosen that don't play in Adult will be given 0.

I'm not really sure of another way to do it without making it too complicated. So a lot of Pool D picks fall into the high risk/high reward category.

That being said, if you want to revise any of your picks before the deadline, you're free to do so.

Comment by reuben on May 27, 2015 at 6:59pm

What if someone you picked plays rec? And I noticed Dave picked Abijah. He has to play Intermediate. Does that count?

Comment by Dave Brown on May 27, 2015 at 5:28pm

Very interesting Nathan.  Maybe I can win a fantasy pool.

J. Slater, B. Cook, M. Brown, R. Campbell, R. Reesor, A. Leitch, B. Kiggens, A. Jong

Comment by Jon Conrad on May 27, 2015 at 5:25pm
Love it!.....Let me think............

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