Moondog Cornhole will host league play in Alliston

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It's a fast growing activity that anyone can play and is growing in popularity.

Cornhole is sort of a new take on horseshoes.

Slanted boards are placed 27 feet apart and have a single hole at the top of the board.

Players toss beanbags and get points for either placing the bag through the hole or landing on the cornhole board.

The game is usually played with two-player teams, but single action does occur.

The strategy is to place your beanbag on the board and possibly block your opponent's shot or knock their bean bag off the board.

A new Alliston league is being formed by the Moondog Cornhole Company and will see play at venues around town.

“Eventually it will be a drop in league when the COVID restrictions are lifted,” explain Moondog organizer, Mike Nieleszeruk. “We'll be playing at the Alliston Curling Club until the ice goes back in, then we're hoping it will be at the Lions Club. At that time, there will be no restrictions – you just show up and pay your dues and you're in. There's no commitment.”

The activity started in the U.S. and gradually moved up here where it is becoming quite popular.

“It's similar to horseshoes – the score goes to 21,” Mike explained. “There are two teams of two players and you alternate shots. You each have four bags and take turns throwing four. You count it up – there's three points if you have it in the hole, one if it's on the board. It's like golf – anyone can do it, but to get good at it, it takes time. The bags are one pound, so anyone can throw it 27 feet. It's huge in the States. They have a professional cornhole league there.”

The group had an informal session at Riverdale Park on July 13, to give local players the opportunity to come out and try the game.

During the start of activity in Alliston, there will be 32 spots available for players.

“We're not going to an official league with standings for a little while – until we get a bunch of people who want to play.”

The league also wants to raise money for local charities as part of their weekly play.

You can find out more about the league and also register on-line by visiting Moondog Cornhole on Facebook or visiting the website at www.moondogcornhole.com.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times

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