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Friday, 25 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Attard Subbuteo Club held a local tournament on May 23 (which didn't count for the WASPA ranking). Eight players were competing and after the group stage, the semi-finals were very exciting games. Nicholas Sciberras beat Darren Bezzina on shots after a 3-3 draw while Angelo Borg beat Daniele Spadaro on shots after a game with no goal. Spadaro later wont he 3rd place final while Angelo Borg easily won the final against Nicholas Sciberras (3-0).
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
So what can we expect for the next 12 months? Let's hope many more tournaments will be held if possible also in new countries, many new players will be involved and more importantly the spirit of WASPA will remain with key words such as fair-play, respect and passion. We can also hope the people who had a negative feeling about WASPA will change there mind and see that having different associations can only be good for the beautiful game of table football.
With the relaunch of the brand SUBBUTEO in the stores, there will be new potential players in many different countries and WASPA will be there to give them something. Let's play on!
Friday, 18 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
We had a nice tournament in Templeuve. There was a low turnout of 6 after we had a few late dropouts but there was fun anyway. Geoffrey Marain won his third tournament, beating Stéphane Lambert in the final, Vincent Coppenolle beat Elodie Bertholet in the game for the 3rd place. Vincent was using a liverpool set of the brand new subbuteo range. Renald Deloose is 5th and Samuel Verriest 6th. The Templeuve gys hope to have another tournament with more players involved in June. Picture: Geoffrey Marain and Stéphane Lambert congratulate each other after the final.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
There were a lot of comments in the last few days about the possible change to have WASPA tournaments with only three players instead of four. A mail has been sent to several tournaments organizers and players and, apart from two people who didn't really know if a change like this would be a good thing, everyone gave support. The idea is not to lower the standards of organisation but just to help smaller associations and isolated groups of players. In countries such as Australia, Canada or the US, it's difficult to get players together for a tournament because of the long distances between cities. Also, in the last few months some tournaments were held with only three players. Despite of the efforts made by the local organizers to have something great, the tournaments could not count for the WASPA ranking and archives. Hopefully the change will motivate more clubs and players to organize tournaments under WASPA banner. The idea is to have more nations involved in the near future. The decision is therefore taken with immediate effect.
Monday, 7 May 2012
Friday, 4 May 2012
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Well, the game had to go on and the 10 players which were divided to 2 groups battled the day away. Group 1 tagged as group of "death" had several intense game. However in the end Kok Wee managed to crawl to the top of the group while John Ho and Christopher Soh secured the quarter final slots. Group 2 games were tight and only could to be settled in the last game where Rudy just managed to pip Henry to the top by a single point.
The barrages round saw Henry and John Ho progressed to the semi-finals while Joel and Haikal secured placing in the consolation finals.
The first semi saw Kok Wee, fresh from winning the Hong Kong WASPA open, beating his opponent by two goals. While the second semi saw Rudy claw back from a goal down to draw level with John in full time before winning in the shoot-outs.
The third placing was won by John Ho by a 3-0 score line while the consolation prize winner went to Haikal.
In the end, the stage was set for the final between Kok Wee and Rudy. Most predicted a low scoring game however both players did not follow their script and dished out an avalanched of goals making the finale to be the game of the day.
The first half saw Rudy racing into a two goal lead but the second half saw a rejuvenated Kok Wee suddenly scoring three goals. The game was set to be over as the clock was ticking down, however with 4 minutes left, Rudy digged deep and equalized bring the full time score to 3-3. The game was thus brought to extra time and again the finalist did not disappoint, as two more goals were scored ending the game 4-4 thus it had to be decided by shoot-outs. In the end, lady luck was smiling at Rudy, as he managed to win the shoot-out (2-1) in sudden time.
Rizal was awarded a point for participation of event even though he had to abandon play during the first game. He had a sudden heart seizure due to the excitement of game play but luckily nothing serious came out of it. The Singapore association is looking forward to organise more WASPA events and hope more players outside Singapore could join.
(Report made with the help of Rudy Hesty)
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Mark Gauci (Atlas TFC), one of the best players int he world, won the "Local Council Cup" organized by Attard Subbuteo Club on May 1. The Maltese champion defeated Angelo Borg (Pireas Lions) in the final (2-0) while Alfred Fenech and Simon gauci reached the semis.