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Tuesday Night Tournaments at Great American Tavern - Next Tournament - TBA
Animal Rescue League - Boston, MA - Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 12 PM
Plymouth Recreation Tournament - Plymouth, MA - Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1 PM
Woburn Cooperstown All Stars - Woburn, MA - Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 12 PM
Bags For Breast Cancer - Woburn, MA - Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 12 PM
Norton Fire and Police - Attleboro, MA - Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11:30 AM
We will miss one of our favorites in 2015
I recently learned that the Light Foundation will not host Cornhole Commotion this year. After reviewing the numbers from the previous years coupled with a price increase to rent the Dana Farber Fieldhouse, they came to the conclusion that the event would not yield the publicity and funds that they are seeking. I would like to thank the Light Foundation and Goodwin PR for providing the opportunity to hold such an amazing event the past two years. Many have already asked about the tournament this year and some wanted to plan their events around it to avoid conflict. While that will not be necessary, it shows the demand this event generated from the cornhole community and I appreciate it!
With 48 total courts each year, this was not just a Boston Cornhole event, but one only made possible with the help of some of the biggest organizers and supporters of cornhole on the East Coast. I would like to give special thanks to the following:
1. Jeff Bachand and Andy Gomes (South Shore Cornhole)
2. Pat Ward (Ward Boards)
3. Bob Youtz and George Hoffman (Holes for Heroes)
4. Scott Laba and Shayne Coyne (CNY Cornhole)
5. Rich Queen and Randy Parker
6. Mike Doherty and Rob Doherty (Doherty Custom Boards)
7. Justin McKinnon (McKinnon Cornhole Boards)
8. Joe Shaughnessy
9. Craig Gagnon (Craig Boards)
10. Cindy Boutiette
11. Keith and Kyle Lessard
12. John Moran and Dave Moran
13. The talented Carolina players who traveled so far to participate...and win!
40 Plus defeats "The Gods" in Church
The last Saturday in January presented several options for those looking to pitch some bags. However, the most competitive tournament of the bunch played out in St. Teresa's Church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island for the First Annual Knights of Columbus Cornhole Tournament. Our first big tournament of the year lived up to expectations with a densely competitive field. In group play, it was big names taking some big losses and failing to advance. Order was restored a bit in the competitive tournament with Rich Queen and Randy Parker of 40 Plus cruising through the winner's bracket. However, strong play from Andy Gomes and Charlie Prew (The Norton Gods) evened things up by taking the first match of the finals and were on the verge of completing the double-dip in the final match. Down to their last point, Randy Parker put up a strong frame to deliver 40 Plus to a 21-20 victory. Amen. The Dirty Dots, Mike Doherty and Rob Doherty, rounded out the top three. While teams from Massachusetts swept the podium, the Ocean State contingent racked up a HOLE lot of losses! Honorable mention is due to G2, Gus and Gus Bruker, who won the social division tournament.
While this tournament may be remembered for the dramatic ending, we should also recognize the arrival of some new faces who not only played, but were able to compete! It was great so see the guys from Abington, Jose and Joe represented a strong group from Sturbridge, and a star may be born in Larry Pigeon! 2015 is off to a great start and the next stop is The Wu with the Woburn Little League Cornhole Tournament on tap for February 21st at the Sons of Italy in Woburn. Be there!
Currently booking fundraisers for the 2015 Boston Marathon
It's marathon training season once again in Boston! For those of you running the race, that means weekend long runs have begun (or at least they should have). For many, that also means that fundraising campaigns need to be in full stride! For the fourth consecutive year, we are happy to offer cornhole fundraiser tournaments beginning at just $200 (2-3 cornhole courts). While cornhole may not be as much fun as a 20 mile long run, it's a great, fun way to get friends and family together to support your fundraising goals!
If you are interested in hosting a cornhole fundraiser tournament, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cornhole Tourney 2/21/15 at Sons of Italy in Woburn
Another large, 64-team cornhole tournament is coming to the Wu! That means a big field, big cash prizes, and a lots of fun all to benefit the Woburn Little League. This two-person team fundraiser features group play that will advance the top four teams from each group in to a championship or consolation bracket. Register your team today!
Cornhole Tourney 4/4/15 at Elks Lodge in Woburn
The Woburn All-Stars are heading to Cooperstown again! That means once again we'll be pitchin' bags to help send them there! The two-person team cornhole tournament fundraiser features group play that will advance the top four teams from each group in to a competitive or social bracket. Register your team today!
Sarge (Right) - too difficult to remove Lowry from pic
He is one of the better-known players in the area, has an unbelievably high winning percentage, makes his teammates better, and has been overheard dropping F-Bombs (C-Bombs too)! I could be referring to either Tom Brady or our 2014 Player of the Year. Well, this isn't ESPN, so let's give Sarge his props! His loud, brash style and affinity for profanity may rub some the wrong way. But, if it's okay for New England's beloved QB, don't hate on the guy in the sandals! My first introduction to Sarge was an ACO Regional where he blew through a very strong field for an undefeated victory. However, accolades alone do not make the POY. Sarge does not show up for the money (well, not just the money), meat on a stick, or any other reason other than to compete. Always a tough out, I'm happy to have Sarge come spar with us anytime!
In 2015, I don't see Sarge marrying a supermodel or knocking up an actress, but anything short of that would not surprise me. Congrats on a great 2014 and good luck next year!
Introducing group play followed by competitive and social divisions
If you have been playing cornhole over the past few years, then you know that the EXIT Realty tournament has been one of the better ones. Therefore, when Sean Harrington called me for help running the 4th edition, I was both pleased and challenged to improve a tournament that already did quite well. Fresh off a trip to the ACO World Championships where despite losing just about every match, there was always another chance to compete. I had a new format in mind for Slater Park. We are not world beaters in New England, but competitive players will always massacre the novices at charity events. Twelve courts permitted triple-elimination group play followed by two separate tournaments (competitive and social). The determination of "A Level" and "B Level" was based strictly on group play performance and of course, luck of the draw! The end result was a minimum of three matches for everyone, more than that for most, and a fun-filled day of cornhole. There were no early EXITs in this one!
Since the Pawtucket tournament, this format has been employed and well received in the Sean Collier event and the Amesbury Rotary tournament. A simple innovation to a simple game...when space permits, we will continue to adopt this format in 2015.
Another successful year on the circuit
I was tempted to list the pairing of Lance and me or perhaps leverage the two victories Keith Lessard and I had this year just to see the backlash. While plausible, regardless of what I write or anyone else's opinion, there's no debating that Rich Queen and Randy Parker are still the top one-two punch in the area. Large, small, or secret, the duo from the Wu have consistently done well in 2014 tournaments. Here are some tournament highlights:
Maynard Food Pantry Tournament - 1st Place
Woburn Cooperstown Little League Tournament - 1st Place
Fenway Cornhole Classic - 2nd Place
Cornhole Commotion - 4th Place
Concerns of Police Survivors Tournament - 2nd Place (Secret Tournament)
Woburn Veterans Memorial Tournament - 1st Place
Barrett's $1K Tournament - 1st Place (one victory in the tournament series)
Sean Collier Memorial Tournament - 1st Place
I believe this to be a comprehensive list, but hey, you never know! That's a topic for another blog post...I am sure 40 Plus will have another strong year in 2015, but with good players getting better by playing weekly blind draws, perhaps the gap closes a bit next year!
Are the Dots finally getting their due?
If you read their last names, you would think they were brothers. If you listened to them bicker, you might think something else...One thing is certain, Mike and Rob Doherty are making it to the blog six months too late. It was a very hot, sunny late June Friday in what may have been the secret tourney of the year (if such a thing existed). After an early defeat, the Dots got it right in the loser's bracket on a run that knocked off K2 and Lance and me on the way to the final. A nice run that was sure to come to an end with 40 Plus waiting in the wings...only this time it didn't. As much as I hate to admit it, beating Rich and Randy is still a pretty big deal in New England. With that said, the Dots pulling off a double-dip victory is a very impressive achievement and our 2014 Match of the Year!
We haven't seen too much from the Dots in the last few months of the year; hopefully, they can get their game back to a top level in 2015.
Join us this Saturday, December 20th at the Lansdowne Pub for 'Hole for the Holidays, a cornhole fundraiser tournament to benefit the Cradle to Crayons charity. All levels of cornholers are invited to compete for a great cause. Check-in and day-of registration begins at 12 PM and the tournament will begin promptly at 1 PM.
Tri-State Champs: NH, RI, and now MA!
What is the skill that cornholers in Massachusetts have improved the most this past year? Airmail...nope...defensive play...not really. Topping this list is the ability to find lightly publicized tournaments in the area. There were way too many familiar faces at the Northeast Country Music Cornhole Tournament to label this a secret tournament! The last minute arrival of the Dirty Dots to play spoilers altered the competitive landscape to be a good-sized group from the Bunting Club Bunch and two Boston Cornhole heavyweights. Unfortunately, the Dots handed Keith Lessard and me our first loss in our very first match! Maybe this was a lucky draw as it forced us to come off the canvas in the loser's bracket and become more accustomed to the corn bags in a tournament that definitely had an "away game" feel. Subsequently, the Dots dropped a match to Sarge and a new partner...a regular partner of his was in attendance happily playing the role of cheerleader...
Forget a 1-2 finish, I was wondering if the four of us were going to have to sneak out of there with paper bags over our heads. Ok, R-E-L-A-X! Being in Billerica, we were bound to find a happy ending one way or another. The inevitable rematch with the Dots was a close one, but a big round by Keith turned the tide and I was able to "Lance" them with a walk-off four bagger. With the toughest matches behind us, it was cruise control until completing the double-dip victory in a very competitive final two matches!
All in all, a very good tournament put on by Chris Doyle and the Northeast Country Music group. Combining cornhole and other forms of entertainment is the next step in the rise of cornhole in our area. Scarlett Drive rockin' the house and the presence of Wicked Cornhole gave this more of an event feel than just a tournament. We look forward to future events!
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