Updated 11/30/2009

2009 WBC Report     

 2010 Status: pending December Membership Trial Vote

Brandon Bernard, PA

2009 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

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bob Runnicles      FL    06     62
  2.  Dan Dolan Sr       NJ    09     58
  3.  Dave Meyaard       CT    09     54
  4.  Jeff Paull         OH    06     42
  5.  Dan Dolan Jr       NJ    07     23
  6.  Rebecca Hebner     CO    08     22
  7.  Brandon Bernard    PA    09     20
  8.  James Carvin       PA    07     20
  9.  Bill Edwards       VA    06     16
 10.  Josh Githens       SC    09     12
 11.  Jon Gemmell        CT    08     12
 12.  Seth Kirchner      KY    07      8
 13.  Roger Taylor       VA    03      8
 14.  Andrew Maly        MD    09      6
 15.  Andres Dunn        MD    08      6
 16.  Vince Frattali     WA    01      6
 17.  Alexandra Henning  CT    09      4
 18.  Rich Irving        CA    07      4
 19.  Lance Fogel        PA    05      4
 20.  Alex Bove          PA    04      4
 21.  Steve Cameron      PA    03      4
 22.  Lynn Ribeiro       NH    01      4
 23.  Roy Gibson         MD    02      3
 24.  Kevin Youells      FL    02      3
 25.  Bruce Monnin       OH    08      2
 26.  Sam Brosius        MA    07      2
 27.  Phil White         MD    05      2
 28.  John Tighe         NC    04      2
 29.  Robert Eastman     NV    03      2
 30.  Nicholas Kramer    PA    02      1

2009 Laurelists                                               Repeating Laurelists 

Josh Githens, SC

Dave Meyaard, CT

Andy Maly, MD

Alexandra Henning, CT

Dan Dolan Sr, NJ

Past Winners

Jeff Paul, OH

Bob Runnicles, FL
2002, 2005-06

Dan Dolan Sr, NJ

Dave Meyaard, CT

Brandon Bernard, PA

Jim Bell and Dan Dolan do their bull moose imitations.

Aren't they supposed to have antlers when they butt heads?

grand strategy on a titanic scale ...

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 crushed.

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 wins

Phil Yaure v C. Jaegers Yaure wins

Brandon Bernard v Rich Irving            Bernard wins

Eric Leonard v Dave Meyaard              Meyaard wins

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


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 of victory.

 Elchfest Junior

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

 GM      Dan Dolan Sr  [2nd Year]   NA
   phlegm@warwick.net   NA

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