grand strategy on a titanic scale
year's event drew 48 players, up again as word spreads to the
masses. The early rounds saw the field trimmed to the elite of
the finger flicking world. Past Champion Jeff Paull was in fine
form mowing through his opponents in ruthless fashion.
The usual trash talking was present in the early rounds but
as the numbers shrank you could see the pressure building on
the faces of the remaining contenders as finger sprains and slivers
took their toll on the stalwart competitors.
Moose fell, fingers flicked and when the dust settled two
past champions faced off for the big prize. Defending Champ Dolan
vs the original Master of the Moose, Jeff Paull , for all the
antlers. The stakes were indeed high as the Dolan patriarch was
wagering the clan's Team destiny on his performance.
When Jeff took the initial game of the best of three, things
looked bleak for the defending champion. But a miraculous shot
in the second game swung the momentum and allowed Dan to tie
the match and force a deciding third game. Now Dan summoned up
all the resolve one would expect from the ruler of Dan's World
to win his second straight Elchfest title - thereby earning
eight points in the team
tournament ... and leading his sons to victory there also.
Will we all be forced to wear moose antlers next year?
challenges await the serious Elchfest competitor in Lancaster
in 2005. Will the tables be slower or will they offer a faster
surface? Rumor has it the Dolans will be scouting out the playing
surface before next moose season.
Next year we crack 50 and continue ELCHFEST's march
toward Century status.
No moose were hurt in the making of this event ... which is
more than can be said for the participants.