Dexterity games balance the brash
inexperience of the young against the arthritic flickers of their
elders. But that hasn't stopped Dolan from winning three times.
I can't see what the problem was with
scheduling Elchfest in the same room with Automobile.
Whatsa matter Maly - not a nature lover?
Grand Strategy Worthy of a Legacy
These young pups got no respect for
their elders. Why, when I was a young moose I ran miles to school
every day through four feet of snow.
Brandon Bernard on his way to his
second ELC title. Andrew Emerick won two titles this week
but he couldn't handle the pressure of a real man's game. Did
that sound like Dan?
No Four-Time Winners Yet ...
The waters were rough for the premier flicking event at WBC
with a move to a new room and some older tables upsetting the
less hardened bulls. There was an outcry about the rough surface
but it was quickly quashed by the veterans who realize one must
be ready whatever the conditions if they want to lead the herd.
The early rounds again culled the weaker players from the
hunt but there were several minor upsets in the first opening
rounds. Seventh ranked Josh Githens was knocked out early and
two-time Junior Champion Brett Fox proved not quite ready for
prime time, ushered out in the third round.
Round 4 found three previous champions still in the hunt and
experience would not be denied as the higher ranked players prevailed.
This year's six laurel earners would already be included in the
top 12. Ain't no luck in flicking.
Three-time champion Dave Meyaard beat young Anna Rinko
9th ranked Jim Carvin took out Pat Gallagher
2009 champion Brandon Bernard defeated 13th ranked Alexandra
8th ranked Dan Dolan Jr won over Drew Duboff
But then came the biggest upset of the week when 12th ranked
Jon Gemmell took down the defending champion and top-ranked Dan
Dolan Sr as a hush fell over the herd. The three-time head elk
That left just five lusting after the most prestigious title
in all of WBC. A play-in match was hatched by random draw to
obtain the final four. That pit the head elk slayer Gemmell against
the vengeful Dolan The Younger. Alas, the Hollywood ending got
lost in the translation and the younger Dolan failed to avenge
his father as Gemmell added another Dolan pelt to his collection.
And so the semifinals were set: 2nd-ranked Dave Meyaard facing
Gemmell and 6th-ranked Brandon Bernard facing off against Jim
Carvin. The tension proved too much for the challengers as they
found out what it's like to be playing for all the marbles against
two of the game's greats.
So now it was up to Brandon Bernard to deny Meyaard's attempt
to become the first four-time winner. The title match proved
surprisingly one-sided with Brandon earning his second title
in two straight sets with none of the normal best two-of-three
suspense. All hail a deserving king of the forest.
It was a good year for Elk. A veritable explosion of 40 Elk
calves tried to cross the river under the harried watch of GM
Scott Sunderlin. The six fastest were:
1st: Brett Fox who repeated as champion
2nd: Sean Duffy
3rd: Tessa Lytle
4th: Caitlyn Rau
5th: Lucas Holmquist who improved from 6th last year
6th: Sophia Holmquist