Welcome to another TOPL season! Thanks to Nick for hosting this week-we had 22 people out for the first week of the season, and we got the first chance for many of us to try out the new Stern Star Wars. Results are up on the PAPA site, and one week in, there’s not much to say about them yet.
Next week we’re off for Labour day, and then things pick up again on the 11th at Jim’s place. Have a great long weekend, and see everyone in 2 weeks!
With the end of a TOPL season comes another TOPL playoff tournament, even though there was a little chaos around the date this season. Since we moved out of the way of the CNEPC tournament happening at the Ex next weekend, we ended up on the same weekend as the Buffalo Open, which was on the PAPA circuit, so some players had to choose where to go. Luckily, we still had 23 players for the finals, including some friends from the K/W area, and had a great day of pinball at Kim’s place. A big thank you to Kim for hosting, and for making sure everyone was well fed all day!
Once we finished the first 7 match play rounds, we gave the players below the cut line the option of whether we ran a B division or not. Since we didn’t end up with the required minimum number of players, we kept to one division, and paid out the top 8 spots there. The final results were:
1 Ken Lapointe
2 John Flitton
3 Charles Blaquiere
4 Adam Hollander
5 Kirk Hutton
6 Dave Smith
7 Les Kowal
8 Andy McNab
9 Andrew Aiken
10 John Clegg
11 Josh Zilberberg
12 Larry Perreria
13 Chris Bardon
14 Mark Foy
15 Mike Luciani
16 Chris Draper
17 Ryan Matheson
18 David Newman
19 Myles Cameron
20 Karl Braun
21 Kim Darowski
22 Henrik Andersen
23 Brianne Darowski
Congrats to all the winners! Here’s Ken, Charles, and Adam with their prizes (not pictured, John Flitton):
As usual, we’re off tomorrow because of today’s playoffs, but the next season starts up a week later at Nick’s place. See everyone there for a brand new TOPL season!
Another TOPL season is in the books! This summer was a little quieter than other years, but we still had a decent turnout this week, even though the season was pretty much decided already. The scores are up on the PAPA site, and as expected, Adam has taken the season champ, and earned a replay into next season. The Pinball Wizard trophy goes to Kim, who managed to pull ahead of Adam once the handicap came into play, so really Kim had a much stronger season. Kim also wins a replay into next season. Finally, even though John Clegg ended up ahead of Luch for the most improved stats, John only had 6 scores for the season. The rules state that while a valid percentage is 5 weeks, for the purposes of most improved you need 7 scores, which means that Luch takes the Most Improved award, and the replay into next season. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks again to all of the hosts and players for another successful TOPL season!
Just a reminder that playoffs are this Sunday (Aug 20) at Kim’s place. Match play starts at 11 AM, and doors open at 10:30. The plan is the same as last time-16 match play rounds before playoffs, with an A/B division split after the first 7 rounds assuming we have enough people. Remember that the playoffs are completely open, so if anyone wants to bring a friend to check out the league, coming to the playoffs is a great way to try an event. Also, some of the top ranked players are going to be going to the Buffalo Pinball Summer Open to chase the WPPR/Circuit points, so it’s an opportunity for someone not named Adam Becker to win the TOPL event.
See everyone at Kim’s on Sunday!
Thanks to Adam for hosting this week, especially right after Pinburgh! Congratulations to all the TOPL folks who make the trek down to Pittsburgh for Replay FX and the big tournament. Sounds like everyone had a blast, and a lot of you did really well with a tough set of competitors. Registration for next year should be open in December, and will likely fill up fast, so watch the calendar for details on when that opens up.
Scores are up on the PAPA site and it looks like Adam has gotten to the point of being unreachable (again) for the season total. Luch is also holding onto about a percentage point lead over John Clegg in the most improved category, so we’ll see how that turns out after the final week of the season.
Next week, we’re off for the long weekend, and then we’re back to my place in 2 weeks. Also, a reminder that the playoffs are on Aug 20 at Kim’s, then the CNEPC is the weekend after that, and the next TOPL season starts on Monday August 28. It’s shaping up to be a great month for pinball in Toronto! Enjoy the long weekend, and see everyone in 2 weeks to wrap up the regular season.