Wednesday, 26 April 2017

First test match in Thailand


Today was another historic day for WASPA. The first ever WASPA test match in Thailand took place in Koh Samui where David Ruelle, former FISTF European champion from Belgium, was happy to meet Australia's Hugh best for some games.

David (who now lives in Thailand) won the test match but more importantly both players had a great time, flicked some plastic and had a few drinks. Well done!

Some news from England and Finland

Great fun in Wolverhampton
On April 16 Wolverhampton Subbuteo Football Club was holding a tournament with the advanced rules. Congratulations to Mick Hammonds on winning the Easter Cup event! It came right down to the last game, with Mark Broadhurst coming second in his first tournament. Justin Scott was 3rd and Ian Keay took the 4th place. A top evening entertainment.

Joseph Kinrade
A bit earlier, on March 18, the Rio Fletcher Trophy took place in Nottingham. Joseph Kinrade took the honors after finishing on top of the table with 7 points. Colin Fletcher was runner-up, Brian Kinrade was 3rd, Ewan Kinrade 4th.

George Papadopoulos wins in Helsinki

We also got some late results from Finland. Five players met in Helsinki on January 14. George Papadopoulos defeated Robert Green in the final. it was a very international event with Kari Hakkarainen defeating Australia's Eliot Kennedy in the game for the third place.

Emmanuel Gorgette
During the recent Grand Prix of England in Harrow, two Plate events were organized under WASPA banner. The Open Plate had a small turnout of 4 but it was nice to see Emmanuel Gorgette from France defeated Belgium's Steffen Despretz to claim his first WASPA trophy.

Bob Green and Martin Blanchard
The Veterans Plate event was very international with 8 players from Belgium, England, the Isle of Man and Australia taking part. Australia's Bob Green defeated England's Martin Blanchard in the final to claim the tile.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Rik Bland still on top in Brisbane

Sunday April 23rd - Flick Off 9am.
Venue: Woody Point (Redcliffe) Club house


Six Brisbane flickers turned up on a rather more pleasant morning to last month’s scorcher. Derek and Shane returned after a long absence Derek with a beaming smile after seeing his beloved Brighton secure promotion into the Premier League for the first time.
In the first round Wil fought back after slipping 2 nil behind in the first half to 2-1 against his Dad. Gus became worried but hung in and eventually scored late on to secure a win, the best goal though was scored by the younger Gillespie. Rik welcomed back Derek with a same score line, 3-1.
Round 2 had last months finalists Rik and Gus go toe to toe. Rik got off to a good start and enjoyed the better of the first half and was approaching the half time whistle 2 up, but Gus broke through and got one back just before the 15 minutes were up. Encouraged Gus came out determined in the second half but as much as he tried Rik’s solid defence denied a comeback, the game finishing 2-1 to Rik. In the other game, Wil fought well but came off second best to Giuseppe losing a credible 3-0.
Round 3 witnessed Wil & Derek get their first point of the day, drawing 1-1. In the other game, Giuseppe won a hard fought game 3-1 with Gus, Giuseppe getting back to top form.
Round 4 finished with the big guns winning, Giuseppe beating Derek 3-0 and Rik beating Wil 3-1.
Round 5 enabled the Newcastle v Brighton match up, with Gus’s Newcastle coming out on top 4-0. The other match-up was a full dress rehearsal of the final, as the top two players faced up. A very tight and thrilling encounter ended 3-3, so giving no clues to who might just win the final.
The Final as expected was extremely tight. Giuseppe really was hitting his straps but Rik’s solid defence kept him out. At the other end it was similar, and it was no surprise when half time came around and the scores were level 0-0. The breakthrough almost came against the run of play, with Giuseppe having the majority of attacks, but Rick tucked the first goal under Giuseppe’s keeper. The lead however was only maintained for about 3 minutes, when Giuseppe on the break scored a cracker in the bottom corner 1-1. Again no surprise when the final whistle went, it was stalemate 1-1, ten minutes of further action was required. Four minutes into extra time Rik again tucked a nice shot under Giuseppe’s keeper. Giuseppe fought back without relent, however it would be Rik who scored the all-important next goal, with just two minutes left. Giuseppe had a mountain to climb being 3-1 down, and that was the way it finished. Another great final between these two, and the speed and skill on show was a pleasure to watch.
So another great day at Woody Point, the home of the Brisbane Subbuteo Club. Good to see Shane, Derek and the cooler weather back. A big thanks to Giuseppe for hosting, and to all the players who contribute to make it such an enjoyable competition.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Giorgos Stylianou on fire in Limassol


The final
On Sunday there was some action again in Cyprus after a hyatus of a couple of weeks. 8 players attended the fourth stage of the national circuit and Giorgos Stylianou defeated Marcos Kalopsidiotis in the final. Giorgos Styliano and Constantinos Paraskevas reached the semi-finals.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Kebun Baru TFC League Cup - Round 6


The Kebun Baru Table Football Club completed round six of its KB League Cup yesterday evening. This is the second last session of its inaugural league. As like previous rounds, it also doubled as an individual WASPA tournament.

Nine flickers took part in the club’s usual four-round Swiss format. In the end, it was Anas who carried on his fine form from his victory in the TFAS League Day 3 on Sunday as he won yesterday as well. He took three wins and a draw including a late 2-1 victory over Ashley in the final round to take the title from him. There were good finishes too for veterans, Ashley and Yew Loy who finished second and third respectively. The final round of the league will take place next month. All are welcome to join in!

(Reported by Nic Tan)

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Return of the Mig!

Miguel vs Kye
Kent Invicta hosted an Easter WASPA tournament on Good Friday as some returning players and most of the usual suspects saw 10 players in 2 groups of 5.

The group games provided some entertaining games with the Group A being narrowly topped by Mig with Kye 1 point behind to reach the semi-finals. In Group B, results hinged on the last round as Finn topped the group with Louis in 2nd place on goal difference.

Rob vs Dan
Mig played Louis in the 1st Semi and edged a 1-0 win whilst Kye defeated Finn 3-0 in the 2nd Semi. The final ended up being a really close game as Mig grabbed the victory with a slender 1-0 result over the current Kent League leader Kye.

Another great tournament at Playfootball, especially with the Pizza and drinks throughout the event!

Overall Standings:
1. Miguel Pereira (Open)
2. Kye Arnold (U15)
3. Louis Singh (U19)
4. Finn Taylor (U15)
5. Rob McCormick (Vets)
6. Daniel McCormick (U15)
7. Paul Frank (Vets)
8. Terry Arnold (Vets)
9. Simon Keane (Vets)
10. Josh Foreman (U15)

Thursday, 20 April 2017

TFAS League 2017 Match Day 3

Seven players competed in the third league day of the TFAS League 2017. After 4 rounds of the Swiss Format, Anas comes out top of the table, with 4 wins. Bernard Lim comes in 2nd with a narrow win over Rudy in the final round.

Standings after 4 rounds:
1. Anas
2. Bernard
3. Rudy
4. Vikas
5. Haikal
6. Asyraf
7. Rizal T

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Kye Arnold reigns in Gillingham

Dave and Paul

Paul and Kye
On April 7 Kent Invicta TFC had a small WASPA tournament with 5 players taking part as it was a holiday week in UK but it was still a very competitive evening though! Kye Arnold stayed top of the Kent League table with an unbeaten night of WASPA action at Playfootball Gillingham. With some close games and great goals, Kye pipped Terry & Dave on the night with 10 points and a +6 goal difference from his 4 games.

Terry edged out Dave for 2nd spot by a single point although Dave, like Kye, went the through the evening unbeaten also but couldn’t convert his draws into wins. Paul grabbed a couple of good points whilst Simon is improving all the time after taking the game up in January.

Final standings:
1. Kye Arnold
2. Terry Arnold
3. Dave Collier
4. Paul Frank
5. Simon Keane

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Glasgow WASPA Plate

David Baxter still on top

Andy Boyer (left) was finalist
This event took place at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew on the 8th April 2017. It was run by Glasgow Table Soccer Association as part of the Scottish Grand Prix FISTF tournament. Sixteen players from Scotland, England, Spain and Greece took part. The victor was David Baxter who defeated Yorkshire’s Andy Boyer in the final. David is resident in Scotland, plays for Canada (he used to live in Calgary) but is a member of Manchester Table Football Club.

Monday, 17 April 2017

The first tournament in Bande

Last Thursday the club of Wamme SC was holding a very first tournament in the premises of the local football club in Bande. Wamme SC is one of the youngest clubs in Belgium and also the only club in the Province of Luxembourg, in the South of Belgium. Six local players were competing and Luc grosdent took the honors after finishing on top of the league. The club will soon have their own premises and will be able to get some more extra players.


The standings:
1. Luc Grosdent
2. Jean Grosdent
3. Henri Grosdent
4. Aurore Grosdent
5. Jarod Rockens
6. Taylor Rockens

Takafumi Kido wins in Yokohama

On Saturday the club of OSC Yamato was holding a WASPA tournament in Yokohama, six new players, including a new player, were taking part. Takafumi Kido defeated Katsuhiko Fukuoka in the final (2-0).
There will be some more tournaments in the future in Japan:
-  May 13: tournament in Yokohama city by Sakuragicho TFC
-  May 27: tournament in Yokohama city by OSC Yamato

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The first test match in South Africa

Clinton and Peter
For the very first time a WASPA test match took place in South Africa on Friday between Clinton Gahwiler and Peter Alegi from the USA. Both players had a lovely time and results of the three games were as follows:
Clinton vs Peter 2-2
Clinton vs Peter 0-6
Clinton vs Peter 1-4
Peter Alegi wins the test match but more importantly it was great to see players from different continents meeting under WASPA banner, Clinton being the first African to play a WASPA test match.

Easter Cup in Derry

The Derry City Table Football Club 'Easter Cup' took place on Monday evening. We had a great turnout of 10 players for the tournament with some regulars missing but 2 new players. Ian Greer and Martin Bradley played in their second semi-final each. Martinog Bradley took the honours in a 3-1 victory over Mark McCrossan.

Friday, 14 April 2017

A good turnout for the Templeuve Easter Cup


12 players attended the Templeuve Easter Cup on Tuesday evening. As always games were played in Swiss system and there were many close games. Two players from AS Hennuyer, Steffen Despretz and Benoit Lagneau, were taking part and finished on top of the table. Despretz was the winner of the tournament with 10 points while Lagneau was runner-up with 9 points. Geoffrey Marain took the third place with 8 points and more goals scored than Vincent Coppenolle.

Final standings:
1. Steffen Despretz
2. Benoit Lagneau
3. Geoffrey Marain
4. Vincent Coppenolle
5. Stéphane Lambert
6. Franck Santer
7. Michaël Dupret
8. Eric Caillaux
9. Corentin Boltz
10. André Boltz
11. Florian Renaut
12. Axelle Descamps

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Rudy Hesty takes the 4th leg of the JCSC League

7th April 17

The Jurong Central Subbuteo Club had its fourth league session/WASPA tournament of the year last Friday evening. Rudy (aka Encik Rudy) consolidated his top position with his fourth victory of the year, defeating Michael Choong 1-0 in the final. The current league table is attached.


Final Standing:
1st - Rudy
2nd - Michael
3rd - Anas
4th - Fauzi
5th - Noor Haikal
6th - Vikas
7th - Yew Seng
8th - Nic
9th - Ding Heng
10th - Bolkiah

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

MacKenzie Life Tournament 2017

This past Sunday saw the second annual McKenzielife Tournament. The hosting and prizes once again set a standard that other tournaments in Cape Town will struggle to match up to! Lots of goals, fun, the odd disagreement amongst the kids, a somewhat distracted (father-to-be) Wayne, a few newcomers watching and learning, and a large mess to tidy up before the host’s wife got home! Thanks to Wayne and everyone else for a wonderful afternoon's play.

Open standings:
1. Clinton Gahwiler
2. Angus Begg
3. John Fishlock
4. Grant Lewis
5. Wayne McKenzie
6. Rob Matthews
7. Heimo Schulzer

Juniors standings:
1. Rafael Gahwiler
2. Andy Killick
3. Tarek Schulzer
4. Hayley Lewis

Another Test Match in California

Peter Thomas from Australia visited Paul O'Donovan Rossa in Huntington Beach on Sunday 9th April 2017. It was great for both players to meet again, the last time was at the 2014 Rochefort World Cup. Paul and Peter decided to play a WASPA Test Match and the results were as follows:
Paul v Peter 1-3, 1-1, 2-4. So, Peter wins!

"They were hard fought games and close at times but Peter retains and is still developing a real quality in his game. Of course, as it was Sunday and nice weather.... we forgot to take a photo", said Paul after the games.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Action packed 2017 Pretoria Cup event

Saturday 8 April 2017, Pretoria, South Africa



The event attracted a field of 11 entries and was played under two catergories where the top 5 ranked players competed in the Cup section (A section) and the
remaining 6 players competed in the Plate section (B section).

Cup Section Summary (Regional tournament)
The event started in explosive fashion when Chessray Jooste dispatched of Bevin Reed by 2-1 : an action packed match where Chessray scored two goals in the
space of a minute, and Bevin managing the consolation only within the last minute of play. Kegan vd Merwe scored with only 50 sec left on the clock to hand
Jayden vd Merwe a first round defeat by 1-0. In Round 2 , Kegan then scored two goals in the final two minutes of play to beat Julian vd Merwe by 2-0 with Kegan topping the standings at that stage. Bevin & Jayden then produced a thrilling 0-0 result, with Jayden hugely unlucky to hit the post no less than three times in the match! Julian & Chessray then produced an entertaining 1-1 draw, with Julian taking the lead after 10min but Chessray was back level a minute later!
In Round 3, Bevin defeated Kegan by 1-0 and when Chessray beat Jayden by 1-0 it was Chessray who went top for the first time on the day - it is worth mentioning that these two matches played out at the same time, and the goals were scored exactly at the same time in each match! Jayden then salvaged some pride on
the day by way of a full time strike to win 1-0 over Julian. In the final round of action, Bevin then fought to a 1-0 victory over Julian - a match where Julian hit the post three times, and Bevin scoring with only 10sec left on the clock.
That result secured 3rd place overall for Bevin on the day. Then the final match saw Kegan v Chessray - a "winner takes all" encounter which started at a very cautious pace, but when Chessray took the lead, Kegan then responded with attacking play and found himself back level with 5min still left on the clock. However, a little too late for Kegan as the draw was enough for Chessray to claim the 2017 Pretoria Cup prize. This triumph marks Chessray's 9th WASPA title to date!

Plate Section Summary (promotional tournament)
As was expected, goals were always going to be at a premium in this category - as was evident by way of several 0-0 results over the various rounds of play. However, this did not decrease the excitement levels as the points standings were constantly changing and adding to the thrills of this category throughout the day!
The much anticipated and talked about match up between newcomer Marlin Boyd and Adam Murray got this section underway and it was Marlin who walked away with the bragging rights thanks to a 1-0 victory! Elsewhere pre-section favourite Stanton Nortjie had to settle for a point by way of a frustrating 0-0 draw with newcomer Osvaldo van Niekerk.
The big matchup in Round 2 saw Marlin earn another point over Stanton - the result surprising all as Marlin suddenly found himself setting the pace in this category by remaining top after two rounds of play! In Round 3, Neilon Waterson held Marlin to a 0-0 draw and when Rowin Wilson beat Osvaldo by 2-0 the lead suddenly changed as Rowin was now on top. Stanton continued his unbeaten run to earn a draw against Adam.
In Round 4, Neilon preserved his unbeaten run to hold the much fancied Adam to a draw. Mayhem then followed when Osvaldo recored a 1-0 win over Marlin - all eyes were now focused on the final match of Rowin v Stanton. A win for Stanton would declare him Pretoria Plate winner whereas a draw for Rowin would afford him the honours. Would Stanton deliver - as he could not manage a win in the previous 3 rounds of play all day ? Rowin's disciplined defending in the match was not helping Stanton at all - as Stanton's attacks down the middle, to the right, down the middle again could not find an opening. Then with 50sec left, Stanton tried a sweeping attack down the left wing for the first time - a wise choice as the move rewarded Stanton with an opening which he converted to win the match and the 2017 Pretoria Plate by 1-0! A momentary lapse by Rowin as he suffered his only defeat on the day, and he certainly deserved a bit more than 2nd place based on his overall performance on the day!

In the end, a very enjoyable day of Subbuteo action......once again!
Thanks to all who attended and helped to make the day a huge success as always!!

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Another old Subbuteo trophy for Eugene Plytas



12 players and juniors from various Greek clubs had a great Sunday morning playing with vintage equipment and old rules. Winner was Eugene Plytas who now has a second old trophy out of 5 tournaments. Serafim Koulosousas also won two trophies so organizers await who will take the lead on the 6th one on the 30th of April. Congratulations to all the players for the good games and the friendly spirit!

Good turnout of 16 in the Flanders

Ajouter une légende
The Easter holidays helped the SC Flanders club to attract a good field of 16 for their monthly tournament. Even 2 French players travelled to the Flanders to have some good games.

After the four sessions of the Swiss system, Geoffrey Marain finished on top with 12 points while Geert Leys had 10. Vincent Coppenolle and Jos Ceulemans had 9 points but Coppenolle took the third place thanks to a better goal-difference.

The final standings of the evening were as follows:
1. Geoffrey Marain
2. Geert Leys
3. Vincent Coppenolle
4. Jos Ceulemans
5. Michaël Dupret
6. Bart Van de Vliet
7. Frank Lannoy
8. Stéphane Lambert
9. Renald Deloose
10. Johan Lourdon
11. Willy De Bandt
12. Eric Caillaux (France)
13. Franck Santer (France)
14. Corentin Leroy
15. Benjamin Marain
16. Céline Marain

Steve Bennett takes stage 7

The 7th stage of the Dundee United circuit took place last week-end in Letham. Steve Bennett ended on top of a group of 5 after 10 points while David Baxter was runner-up with 8 points.

The standings of the day were as follows:
1. Steve Bennett
2. David Baxter
3. Andy Beskaky
4. Rob Conway
5. Craig Thom

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Renaud Parisel keeps improving in Vresse

Renaud and pascal before the final

Last Sunday the club of Semois SC was holding a tournament in their premises of Vresse, in the South of Belgium. Four players were present and Renaud Parisel took the honors after defeating Pascal Droeven on shots in the final. Marc De Vos took the third place after winning the consolation match against Tom Léonard.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

The first Sakuragicho tournament

Last Saturday the club of Sakuragicho TFC was holding a very first WASPA tournament in their premises in Yokohama. The tournament attracted 8 players from Sakuragicho TFC, OSC Yamato and Yokohama OSC. In the end, Suguru Fujino defeated Hideaki Wada (1-0 in suddend eath) to claim the trophy while Satoshi Kawasaki defeated Koshiro Shibata in the game for the third place. It was a pleasant day with a fair spirit as it's always the case in Japan.

There will be another tournament in Yokohama on April 15 but this time organized by OSC Yamato.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Two trophies for the Lombardi family in Sydney


On March 21, the club of Sydney TFC was hosting a second WASPA tournament with a good field of 11 players. 7 players met int he Open category and in the end, Raffaele Lombardi defeated Daniele Lombardi in the final (1-0).

The Junior tournament had 4 players and after the group stage, Gabriel Lombardi defeated Chris Soldatos (2-0) to win the trophy. Congratualtions to the young club of Sydney TFC for their efforts of promotion.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Monthly report of March 2017

Dear Subbuteo players and fans, here are the updated WASPA rankings and statistics.

Excel file
PDF file (golden book)

You will find in the Excel file the different rankings and the main statistics.

Good turnout for the Melbourne TFC tournament
March 2017 has been a good month as several events have been played under WASPA banner:
- the Swiss cup;
- 24 regional tournaments;
- 1 tournament with the old rules;
- several gathering of the NETFA Brigantes circuit;
- 1 WASPA test-match (between Paul O'Donovan Rossa and myself).

33 players have competed for the very first time in a WASPA tournament.

The first event in Argentina
We are also very pleased to see 2 more nations in the circuit: Welcome Argentina and Slovenia!

2 clubs have run their very first WASPA tournament: thanks to the club of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Trieste (Italy) for their support.

Australia had another amazing month with 5 tournaments run by 5 different clubs.

The club of Firenze (Italy) had 2 amazing tournaments with 14 and 21 players!

Action in Wales
We are very pleased to see that clubs in Derry (Northern Ireland) and Drury (Wales) manage to boost interest in nations were the level of activity was low in the last few years.

Greece is now the most active nation in the WASPA circuit organizing tournaments with the old rules. Hopefully we will get back interest from italy and possibly from other nations?

16 clubs have joined the "top clubs project" but several clubs (Famagusta TFC, SC Flanders, Attard SC, Harrow Hawks, Brisbane SC, Club Subbuteo Firenze, London Road SC, Pireaus Lions TSC, Derry City TFC, Kebun Baru SC, ...) have made enough efforts to join in the near future. We would be pleased to get them involved.

Champion's league tournament in greece with 32 players
Well, that's all for now. I hope you will love the statistics, results and rankings.

Please remember you only need 3 players to register your tournament. Don't be scared to join. It's free and tournament requests can be sent by e-mail to vincent.cop@rsca.com

Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at http://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com as there are updates almost every day.
The FISTF website can be found here: http://www.fistf.com

WASPA is also looking for partners. If you know any company ready to support us (we don’t ask for money but we want some win-win agreements so that we can promote each other), don't hesitate to contact me at vincent.cop@rsca.com

Trieste is now part of the WASPA circuit
Ideas to develop the WASPA circuit or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,
Vincent Coppenolle (vincent.cop@rsca.com)