elchfest   

Updated Nov. 23, 2012

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Brandon Bernard, PA

2012 Champion

Event History
2001    Jeff Paull     27
2002    Bob Runnicles     46
2003    Dan Dolan Sr     42
2004    Dan Dolan Sr     48
2005     Bob Runnicles     47
2006    Bob Runnicles     50
2007     Dave Meyaard     53
2008     Dave Meyaard     64
2009    Brandon Bernard     64
2010    Dave Meyaard     65
2011    Dan Dolan Sr     67
2012    Brandon Bernard     76

 Laurels

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Dave Meyaard       CT    12     86
  2.  Dan Dolan Sr       NJ    12     82
  3.  Bob Runnicles      FL    06     62
  4.  Brandon Bernard    PA    12     46
  5.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    11     42
  6.  Jeff Paull         OH    06     42
  7.  James Carvin       PA    12     26
  8.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    12     25
  9.  Josh Githens       SC    11     24
 10.  Jon Gemmell        CT    12     20
 11.  Bill Edwards       VA    06     16
 12.  Andres Dunn        MD    10     14
 13.  Alexandra Henning  CT    10     10
 14.  Seth Kirchner      KY    07      8
 15.  Roger Taylor       VA    03      8
 16.  Andrew Maly        MD    09      6
 17.  Vince Frattali     WA    01      6
 18.  Scott A. Smith     PA    11      4
 19.  Alex Bell          MD    10      4
 20.  Rich Irving        CA    07      4
 21.  Lance Fogel        PA    05      4
 22.  Alex Bove          PA    04      4
 23.  Steve Cameron      PA    03      4
 24.  Lynn Ribeiro       NH    01      4
 25.  Roy Gibson         MD    02      3
 26.  Kevin Youells      FL    02      3
 27.  Alexander Metzger  NY    11      2
 28.  Greg Zegalia       PA    10      2
 29.  Bruce Monnin       OH    08      2
 30.  Sam Brosius        MA    07      2
 31.  Phil White         MD    05      2
 32.  John Tighe         NC    04      2
 33.  Robert Eastman     NV    03      2
 34.  Nicholas Kramer    PA    02      1

2012 Laurelists                                             Repeating Laurelists: 

Dave Meyaard, NY
2nd

Jon Gemmell, MD
3rd

James Carvin, PA
4th

Dan Dolan Sr, NJ
5th

Dan Dolan Jr, VT
6th

Past Winners

Jeff Paul, OH
2001

Bob Runnicles, FL
2002, 2005-06

Dan Dolan Sr, NJ
2003-04, 2011

Dave Meyaard, CT
2007-08, 2010

Brandon Bernard, PA
2009, 2012

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?

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?

Grand Strategy Worthy of a Legacy

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 Henning
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 had fallen.

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 Dolan-killer
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.


 Elchfest Junior

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

 GM      Dan Dolan Sr  [5th Year]   NA
   phlegm@warwick.net   NA

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