The 2019 Manitoba Pinball League season has officially concluded. Congratulations to Ian G who is our new MPL champion!!!!! Ian won 4 games to 2 against Marcel T who took 2nd place.
3rd went to Jay W who won 2-1 against Grant Z who was looking to make it 2 3rd places in a row after finishing 3rd in the 2018 MPL championship, & who was looking to find his pants too I think. 😉
The remaining places went as follows:
5th – David Morris 6th – Drew S 7th – Samara M 8th – Rick E
9th – Michael C, Derek W, Dave W, Lance W, Garth B, Dan F, David Mi, Jody L
Jay W also received his plaque for finishing the season in 1st place with the most league points.
Congratulations to ALL!!!!! There were a lot of strong games played in the 3rd & final rounds, even in a losing cause. Thank you all for making the 2019 season one to remember. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!
In the meantime, there is still at least 1 more tournament in 2019. Next up, some MPL players will be heading down to Fargo to play with our friends across the border in the Fargo Billiards Strike Tournament on Saturday November 30th. Although the vehicle heading down is currently full, feel free to drive down & join the crew. Or if you’re interested in joining should a spot in the vehicle open up, contact David – you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Pinhead Cup will have a new name engraved on it, & it is Ian G’s name that will grace the trophy for 2019! Ian defeated Mike M from Fargo ND, who has driven up to Winnipeg to play in several past tournaments, & earned his 2nd ever podium finish in Manitoba, matching a 2nd place finish from May 2018. Derek W beat Jay W to take 3rd place in the deciding game of Monster Bash which involved both players scoring well over 100 million!
The 9th Annual Pinhead Cup is on the line Saturday November 9th at 6pm! She has been removed from my shelf & returned to the NEW Lightning Arcade, which is at a new address. If you do not have the new address, contact David Morris. Cost is $2. See you there…
Back on October 26th, the MPL Climb The Ladder Spectacular took place at The Forks. Congratulations to Drew S again, who won! Drew has now won 4 IFPA Manitoba 2019 tournaments, which is more than anyone else. David Morris placed 2nd, & Lance W was 3rd. The remaining top 6 were Jay W, Kevin P, & Mike R. Congrats to all!
Congratulations to Drew S who won the AMCC welcome back tournament! Jay W took 2nd in a closely fought final. Ian G beat Alain L in the 3rd place match. Congrats to Alain on his best finish by far by placing 4th. On a night that felt more like we were welcoming back winter (with a vengeance) including slushy roads, fallen trees, & numerous power outages that affected at least 2 players in the tournament, we still had 11 players from the St. James – Assiniboia area plus Drew & Jay. And the kids participating had a lot of fun playing with us too.
Next up – the MPL Autumn Climb The Ladder Spectacular MAJOR TOURNAMENT! Prizes for the top SIX finishers! Saturday October 26th @ 2pm – Phantom Amusement @ The Forks.
Thursday night is the final open league night of the 2019 season. The race for playoff spots is solidifying. There are players with zeros to replace that will be looking to make some big moves. Even 17th & 18th (the 1st 2 alternates if any playoff qualifier cannot make it) will be important races. And whether you make the playoffs or not, you will earn IFPA points no matter where you place in the league standings.
If you are in the top 8, congratulations, you have already clinched a playoff spot! The top 5 is quite solid, but some movement is still possible between Garth B, Drew S, Rick E, & Grant Z. The top 5 have already clinched a playoff spot in the top 8 which means they will get 1st table pick in round 1, game 1. The race for #1 is over. Jay W cannot be caught.
Click on League Standings above to see where you rank.
History was made on Saturday night. Congratulations to Jill H who became the first woman to win a MB IFPA open strike tournament! Jill also becomes the 13th different IFPA MB pinball tournament winner in 2019! She defeated Ian G – both of whom crushed the competition by being the last 2 standing with only 1 strike each.
In the 3rd place match, Grant Z defeated Jay W to earn his 1st podium finish since November 29, 2018.
Congrats to all!
Final open league night takes place Thursday October 3rd at 7pm. Last chance to improve your league standing for 2019!