Monday night Ladies Fun night once again had a great turnout. Did you know that Monday Night Ladies Fun Night has had 31 different players play on Monday night? This week, we saw GMA JO repeat as she partnered up with Shianne to defeat Lynette and Cindy in the final.

With the great success on Monday, the new players are not only learning the game but starting to throw more consistently. We want to give the players every opportunity to gain points in every tier and hope they hit the top 16 events at Nationals. The SCA has added a Regional tier 5 event to aid players who want to gain tier 5 points. We need at least six players in an event for points to be awarded, so spread the word and see if we can get close to 10 or more players. Also, we have not finalized things yet, but keep an eye out for an announcement on tier 5 for Season 2, starting in January.

Wednesday afternoons have been when the 60-plus Seniors come into the BackYard to throw bags. Fourteen players showed up this week. Dean and Melinda beat Diamond Dianne and Brendalina to take down the Wednesday title.

The League Singles was moved to Wednesday because of Halloween.

Tier 4 final saw Bonnie and Stich battling it out. Stich was in the King’s seat, but Bonnie took him to a second game, but in the end, Stich came out on top. It was a great final with some great tossing, and I look forward to watching the two battle it out every time they play. I am not sure if these two will pull away from the pack or if there will be a couple of pigeons that will take flight to catch up.

Tier 3 saw Newson and Krentzy competing for the victory. Kevin ended up winning in the final, going undefeated in the bracket. He almost went undefeated on the night, but I think he did lose one game in

Round-robin. Check the Scoreholio app for more details. The throwing from these hawks was again spectacular. Eight out of the nine players Wednesday night averaged over a 7.5 PPR, and four of them were over 8 PPR. I will tell you this, the ability of our cornhole players to be able to play and practice more regularly has proven to pay dividends, and we have seen everyone’s play improve. I cannot wait to see what the limit is.

Friday night, Funholio had 67 players come and play. Did You Know that on Friday night, over 180 players were playing the game of Cornhole in Regina? The energy inside the BackYard was electric. Ultimately, the Kid and Junior were victorious as they beat Parker and Marla Rose, AKA Mars Bar, in the final.

I want to remind everyone again that as we move into the Winter season, it is important to sign up early because, depending on the week, we will be selling out the event.

The TIER 3 power ranking.

1st – Jonathon – will remain in the first spot, and I hope he can make it out to validate being in the first spot. Some players show they belong in the first spot, and I cannot wait for the next night when they go into battle.

2ND – Krentzy – Stays is in the second spot despite losing Wednesday night to Newson. Parker’s consistency week after week is the one thing keeping him in second.

3RD – Newson, Kevin is in a dead heat with Parker and Jonathon for the top three spots. Kevin won Wednesday night in Singles League play. The win moves him up in the Power rankings, but he could be in the first spot in the upcoming weeks.

4TH – Spilly (Dylan Grane): Breaking in some new bags on Wednesday, he shot an impressive 8.65 on his way to a third-place finish

5th – Franco is In the fifth spot, AKA Sure Fire. Franco has been throwing great and is always a formattable opponent. Shooting an 8.04 PPR, he was shy of the podium on Wednesday. It might be a coincidence, but since he has stopped yelling at himself, he is throwing lights out. Good Job, Franco.

Tier 4/5 power ranking,

1ST – Stich – Back on the throne after a win Wednesday night against last week’s Number One. Jason held on for the win, but not before Bonnie gave him a scare in game number two of the final.

2nd – Bonnie Polsom – Bonnie, with the loss Wednesday, slips back to second place. It was a short-lived stay at Number One, but I am sure it will not be the last time she will be on top of the Power rankings.

3RD – The Kid was on fire Friday night. Lucas, when focused and not down on himself, is one of the best Tier 4 players. Lucas, with his other sports, does not get to come out as much as he would like to, but when he does, he gets better every week. At 12 years old, the sky is the limit.

4TH – Jennifer did not play this week, and with the Kid throwing darts Friday night, I had to move her back to fourth.

5th – Ringo – Ringo with a Bronze Wednesday night stays in the top 5.

Players to Watch:

Shawn Collins is finding his game, and it is just a matter of time before he hits a podium.

GMA JO – she does not play tier 4 yet, but every Monday, she is in the mix if not winning.

Furious George – when looking at the stats, he had some pretty good pigeons on the ropes. He could not finish them, but it will be a matter of time.

If you played in last weekend’s Regionals, you might have noticed that the entry fee was $25 instead of $20. The Board passed a motion to increase the entry by $5 as an initiative to raise money for next year’s Nationals in Langley, British Columbia. The Board has not finalized precisely how the money will be distributed, but the goal will be to help send the largest Team Saskatchewan we have ever sent. We are also working to find a sponsor for our Team Saskatchewan. With the addition of the top 16 Tier 4 (5 PPR- 6.5PPR) and potentially a Tier 5 (below 5 PPR) event at Nationals, we could have more than 20-25 players playing in the 4 Premier events. Keep throwing the great PPRs, and let’s see how many we can get in the top 16 in each division.

My name is Kevin Bittman, and I am on the Board at the SCA and a proud member of the BackYard Pigeon Coop. I have been playing Cornhole for a couple of years, and I would say I am not great, but I try and get better every week. Cornhole, for me, is a fantastic community of people that, no matter your skill level, you can come out and have fun at the BackYard at the SCA.

The blog is my opinion and how I see things in Regina’s Cornhole scene. It is meant to be a way to keep people engaged in what is going on at the Backyard and the SCA. My hope is we can continue growing the game in Regina and Saskatchewan. The BackYard at the SCA is located at 2363 2nd Avenue in Regina. The venue has eight regulation cornhole lanes and a bar and kitchen. Each week, the BackYard hosts events for all skill levels, and I will attempt to highlight some of these events and give my perspective on the club and the players in Saskatchewan.

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