grand strategy on a titanic scale
Jim Bell and Dan Dolan do their bull
Aren't they supposed to have antlers
when they butt heads?
The new people came early to the Demo area to learn how to
play. It took all of two minutes to teach them. They played a
sample game and then shuffled off in the direction of the coming
bouts. You could see they were dreaming of quick glory in this
simple little flicking game. 63 of them would have their dreams
The veteran flickers began arriving around 30 minutes before
the event was to start and warmed up with quick pickup games
or stood around sizing up the competition. Two-time defending
champion Dave Meyaard arrived with an entourage of younger players.
64 players again pawed the starting line.
Players were paired and the first round carnage began. Many
again had to wait to play due to lack of games. If you have a
copy, please bring it.
The first round eliminated 32 players and you could see the
cream of the ELCHFEST world beginning to rise. The intensity
level ramped up now and the games became much more even. The
moose moved much quicker and the round ended very quickly as
the sweet 16 was decided.
The match-ups were:
Tim Keating v Alex Henning Henning wins
Andy Maly v Chris Kaman Maly wins
Alex Bell v Rebecca Hebner Hebner wins
Jim Bell v Dan Dolan Dolan wins
Josh Githens v Angela Collison Githens
Phil Yaure v C. Jaegers Yaure wins
Brandon Bernard v Rich Irving Bernard
Eric Leonard v Dave Meyaard Meyaard
As the Elite Eight were chosen you could see the bar had been
raised. The defending champion was looking very strong, as were
journeymen Maly and Dolan. But youth will be served. Young studs
with years of ELCHFEST play under their belts, Githens and Hebner,
were looking to attain ELCHFEST immortality by taking the next
step with precision flicking.
Dave Meyaard v Alex Henning Meyaard wins
Dan Dolan v Andy Maly Maly wins
Bernard v Hebner Bernard wins
Josh Githens v Phil Yaure Githens wins
THE FINAL FOUR
Dave Meyaard - one match away from defending his title in
the championship match
Josh Githens First time in the rarified air of the semis
and facing the two-time defending champion
Andy Maly Playing spectacular Elchfest
Brandon Bernard an heretofore unknown to the higher levels
of the game
Over half of the initial 64 were still around watching and
commenting on the play of each game. You could cut the temsion
with a knife as Josh stunned the room by defeating the champion.
In the other match Brandon showed he belonged when he defeated
veteran Maly to advance to the Final.
There were two moose on opposite sides of a river. They both
wanted to get to the other side. Sounds simple, right? But those
of us who were there know how difficult that journey can be.
Congratulations to Brandon Bernard - THE 2009 ELCHFEST
CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.
Andrew and Alex Maly bring their considerable
moose skills to bear.
Brandon dons the symbolic antlers
16 Elk calves tried to cross the river. The six fastest were:
1st: Cassidy Mullet
2nd: Brian Sherwood
3rd: Matt Prior
4th: Zack Denysenko
5th: Adina Weiss
6th: Adam Wojtascyzk