Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Mat Atkin wins in Cheshire

A hugely successful Subaleague International Xmas Cup 2017 with 27 teams entering from 6 countries and age-range from 10-77 was held last week-end in Cheshire, England. 9 groups of 3 with goal handicap for those who don't play regularly. 16 through to the second round then straight knockout from there, again with a handicap system for less experienced players. The tournament was won by Mat Atkin, who last won it in 1993.

He won the final 4-2 against Angus Young, who had previously never made it past the first round. Peter Vahle and Andrew Garbutt were the losing semi-finalists.
The plate competition was won by Richard Meddings, who beat Gerry Sweeney in the final play off.
Groups were decided using the unique Hale's Board, involving trick shots such as 'Round-the-Tree' and 'The Ramp'. A fantastic event at a fantastic venue, sponsored by Bar 7 in Prague.

(Report by David Young)

Brian Daley wins again in Wales

The latest London Road tournament took place on June 11 with 6 players taking part. Brian Daley finished on top of the league with 15 points. Yani Kelly was runner-up, Dave Kelly took the third place. Cayne Matthews, MarkHopwood and Ruby Matthews were also taking part. Congratulations to the players for a good day of Subbuteo.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Martinog Bradley king of old rules

Martinog received his trophy from Gerard Doherty

Mark Mc Crossan and Martin Bradley
The Ryan Mc Bride Memorial cup took place on Monday night in Derry, Northern Ireland. it was the first WASPA tournament with old Subbuteo rules played in the country under WASPA banner. Local organizer Martinog Bradley won the tournament and Derry City FC Captain Gerard Doherty presented the trophy. Mark Mc Crossan was runner-up. Congratulations for a good night of Subbuteo.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

TFAS National Championship 2017 Plates Event

13 players who were knocked out of the competition still had the chance to redeem a consolation prize in the plates event. A barrage round was carried out, followed by quarterfinal, semi-final, and of course, the final.

Returning veteran player, Ashley Tan, and TFAS President, Tan Kok Wee, managed to defeat their opponents to reach the Plates Final.
It was a tense match between these two experienced players. With the score at 2-2 in the dying minutes of the match, Kok Wee scored the winning goal to make it 3-2, and hence winning the Plates! Nic Tan and Vikas reached the semis.

(Report by Anas bin Rahamat)

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Suguru Fujino wins in Yokohama

On June 3 the club of Sakuragicho TFC was hosting a WASPA tournament in the premises of Sakura Living in Yokohama city, Japan. Six players were taking part and Suguru Fujino (Sakuragicho TFC) defeated Hideaki Wada (OSC Yamato) in the final. Osamu Ishihara won the final for the third place against Satoshi Kawasaki.
Well done to Sakuragicho TFC for their efforts!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Excellent turnout for the AGFA Cup

The AGFA Cup holds a special place in the hearts of many Sydney Subbuteo players, as it was the first inter-club tournament played in Australia, way back in 1977. Members of the North Shore Association and the Northern Falcons came together in a one night tournament, with modified rules, to challenge for a now-famous piece of silverware.

Forty years later, two of the original protagonists joined 21 others for the latest edition of the Cup, with the first Junior AGFA as well.

There were 16 players in the Open category, and 7 in the Junior, including an impressive 4 female players.

Eliot Kennedy (Falcons) claimed his 3rd AGFA (previous were April 1986 and April 1999), beating an impressive Richard Wilson (Parramatta) 1-0 in the final.

The three former Cherrybrook Bulldogs players – Wilson, Nick Brill and Adrian Grunbach — all made the quarter finals, showing an impressive continuation of their form since returning from the Subbuteo wilderness after 20 years.

Meanwhile, young Oliver Ollnow finally claimed a final, beating Imojjen ELmer 1-0, after being pipped in the last three finals in which he appeared – including the Junior Parramatta event, Sydney WASPA and the Melbourne Satellite — ironically becoming the first German to win the AGFA (Anglo German Football Association) Cup!

In the first phase of the Open, Hermann Kruse pipped Falcons returnee Dominic Grenot 2-1, while Dave Sultana (Parramatta) beat out Kevin Grant (Western Flickers) 1-0, who made the Herculean trip from Melbourne — by road! Kevin also delivered a swag of his custom tables and boards along the way!! Eliot Kennedy stamped his authority on group 1 with a 3-1 win against John Palamara (Hipfingerz), while Richard Wilson looked set to qualify after a 2-0 win against Louis Dettre, also making his long awaited return to the board. Adrian Elmer (Parramatta) beat Neil Brener (Falcons) 2-0, and Nick Brill and Dom Grenot shared the points in a 2-2 result.

In the Juniors, Imojjen caused the upset of the whole day when she beat 2016 GP winner Jonty Brener 1-0, who then also qualified after he beat novice Angela Wooden 4-0. Chris Soldatos (Sydney TFC) squeezed into the semis with a better goal difference in his group, joining Oliver.

In the quarterfinals, Eliot dominated Dominic 3-0, while Nick overcame former clubmate Adrian Grunbach 2-0, and Adrian Elmer beat Steve Dettre 1-0. Richard Wilson had to rely on shots to overcome Dave Sultana (2-0) after a scoreless match.

In the semis, Eliot did enough to beat Adrian 1-0, while Richard continued his surge, beating Nick 2-0.
In the Juniors, Imojjen relied on shots to beat Chris 2-1, while Oliver beat his great rival Jonty 2-0.

A great day, and many thanks to the Good Games guys, especially Manager Sonny Keen Chong Lei, for providing us with the space and prizes.
We also raised more funds towards Harley Ullrich’s medical expenses, also in part thanks to Sonny allowing all the entry fee to go towards Harley’s fund.

(Report by Steve Dettre)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Brisbane tournament - June 2017

10 June 2017 and our 28th tournament was held at the Woody Point Clubhouse. We started at 1.00pm on a pleasant "winter's" day with host Giuseppe 'Pino' Tardiota, Gus Gillespie, Gareth Whalley and Shane Robinson.

A 'home and away' round robin was put in place and commenced with Gareth against Gus and Pino playing Shane.  Despite a high pressing game by Gareth, Gus played his methodical game to score three times without reply. In the other game Pino was always in control of a relaxed 2-0 result against Shane.

Next up Pino played Gareth and again looked relaxed as he controlled the game winning 2-0. Gus and Shane continued their ongoing run of close matches, this game highlighted by opportunities and saves at each end. At full time, Gus took the game 1-0.

Game three matched Gareth against Shane. This match was very close and was only sealed 2-0 with a late goal by Shane. Gus took on Pino in a game that would possibly decide a clear group leader. It was played with their usual competitive cut and thrust tactics, Gus using method and close touch versus Pino and his direct approach. In the end a 2-1 result to Pino placed him top after the first round was completed.

Match four saw Gus hit top form by beating a shell shocked Gareth 5-0. In the other game, Shane managed a creditable 1-1 draw with Pino, both goals having been well worked. Match five results were interesting. Gareth again allowed a bunch of goals with Pino winning 5-1. Scoring goals is something Gareth has been working on and it was a positive in this game.

The other match was interesting....Shane took a two goal lead to halftime against Gus with a couple of nice chips. Within minutes of the restart, Gus chipped in from the same spot and was level after about five minutes. Then, minutes later, a stray shot from Gus across the box brushed the underside of Shane's hand on it's way to a goal kick. In the spirit the club, Gus was awarded then penalty which he duly scored. Shane hit the underside of the crossbar twice in the remaining time but Gus won 3-2.

In the final matches, Shane lost 0-1 to Gareth who deserved his win after some great pressing and probably the goal of the day. After leaking a few goals in earlier games, Gareth was determined to get a result and threw everything into blocking. The goal was much deserved due to the opportunities he has been creating.

The final game was between Pino and Gus. Gus needed to win, Pino only needed to draw. In another fine match, both players stuck to the task and in the end, Pino got the result 2-0.
Overall, there were more great games and close results. Gareth has continued to adapt to the "new style of figures and tactics' and admitted it was nice to win a game after being belted a couple of times.

(Report by Shane Robinson)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Good turnout for the latest SC Flanders tournament

The 13 players of the evening
Last Monday SC Flanders was holding the "season final" in the premises of Hofstade-Zemst. There was a good turnout of 13 players with 3 nationalities being represented as 2 French travelled for two hours to play while Ireland's Gary Moore, who now lives in Ghent, was also playing his first SCF tournament. The Swiss system delivered some amazing fixtures in the first round with Geoffrey marain defeating Jos Ceulemans. Marain finally won his four games to win the tournament while Vincent Coppenolle, after losing his first game to David Wouters by a single goal, managed to finish as runner-up with 9 points. Special thanks to SC Flanders for finishing their 4th WASPA season (with 10 tournaments per season) and for keeping a perfect spirit for their tournaments. SCF players will still be in action in June as they organize the "Flanders Cup" on June 24.

Gary Moore in his Ghent jersey
Final standings of the evening:
1. Geoffrey Marain (BEL/Flickers Milano)
2. Vincent Coppenolle (BEL/Templeuve)
3. Jos Ceulemans (BEL/London & Essex United)
4. Frank Lannoy (BEL/SC Temploux)
5. David Wouters (BEL/SC Flanders)
6. Bart Van de Vliet (BEL/SC Flanders)
7. Johan Lourdon (BEL/SC Flanders)
8. Geert Leys (BEL/London & Essex United)
9. Willy De Bandt (BEL/SC Flanders)
10. Franck Santer (FRA/Templeuve)
11. Filip Van Hulle (BEL/SC Flanders)
12. Gary Moore (IRL/Irish Premier League)
13. Eric Caillaux (FRA/Templeuve)

The fourth trophy for Koulosousas

The Greek club of "OSC Kallitheas Flame" organized the 8TH GREEK OLD SUBBUTEO TOURNAMENT on Sunday, June 11, 2017. 12 players from various clubs had a subbuteo Sunday morning, playing with the old rules and having fun. The winner was Serafeim Koulosousas won won the session of shots defeating Alekos Apatzis in the final. That was already the 4th title for Makis in 8 tournaments. Congratulations to the winner and all the players who participated.

(Report by the organizers)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Kenny Beggs takes the DCTFC Summer Cup

Kenny Beggs takes the Summer Cup honours in a hard fought tournament
The DCTFC Summer Cup took place last week in Derry. It was another good evening of Subbuteo organized by Derry City TFC. The thime organizers had a lower than expected turnout but it prompted a different format this time. Kenny Beggs took the honours after a hard fought final match against current league champion Mark McCrossan with only 1 point separating the two of them.

Final standings:
1. Kenny Beggs
2. Mark McCrossan
3. Martinog Bradley
4. Brendan Rodgers
5. Martin Bradley
6. Craig Stewart
7. Lawrence Watson

Shorts results from Belgium

Two more events have recently been played in Belgium. On May 30 the club of SC Warcoing Ducks was holding a tournament but due to the heat and the exams at school there was a very small turnout of 4. Geoffrey Marain defeated Vincent Coppenolle in the final to take the honors.

Alex Torré vs Richard Boulanger
On June 4, the club of SC Verviers Herve was hosting a tournament in Liège during the "Expo Foot", an exhibition held in a museum to celebrate all forms of football under the theme "Did football become a religion?"

Solid game between the Timpano brothers
The main reason to organize the tournament was to promote the game. Only 8 players attended the tournament and both Sébastien Scheen and Bruno Timpano had to leave after the group stage. In the end, Alex Torré defeated Benoit Vanwissen in the final while Richard Boulanger and Salvatore Visconti reached the semis. There will be another tournament in the museum on June 25, this time organized by SC Seraing. SC Verviers Herve will hold a tournament in their premises on June 16.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Marco Zucchi wins the Czech Cup

This Saturday the National cup in Czech Republic was organized in Prague under WASPA banner. 8 players were competing and among them a few Czech legends were registered. As always, the tournament took place in the "Subbuteo friendly Hotel" so that players could enjoy some rest between games. Some sweet food, vegetables and italian sausages were provided from Marco and Paolo who cooked the sausages for all players in the evening. "It was a great time together, also playing a little bit of football with Paolo's childrens", reported Marco Zucchi!
The tournament was played as a league so that everyoneone played 7 games. In the end, Marco Zucchi was the champion, taking the honors while David Vaccke was runner-up and David Young was third. Other players in the ranking were Radek Cjainik, Martin Novotny, Paolo De Stefano, Jiri Uchytil and Paolo De Falco.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sad news from Australia

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Australian player Harley Ullrich died this morning. The following is from his sister: "I'm so sad to tell you that Harley passed away peacefully at 2.32am this morning surrounded by love, with his family by his side. I don't have the words to express the hurt that we are feeling. The pain hasn't even begin to set it. Things just turned all of a sudden late last night. He was incredible to the end. Courageous and staunch and thoughtful. I know Harley would want to thank you for all the support, it meant so much to him and It also means so much to our family. I know you will be hurting as well. Lots of love. Zoe."

Harley Ullrich was ranked 634th in the latest WASPA and was a member of the Northern Falcons TFC. He appeared for the first time in a WASPA tournament on November 29, 2015 in Sydney for a total of 6 appearances in the circuit. He event reached the semi-finals in a tournament in Chastwood in May 2016. All his friends in the WASPA circuit send their sincere condolences to his family.

We kindly ask all organizers in the WASPA circuit to respect a minute of silence during events held in June 2017.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Rudy and Anas share honors in Kebun Baru

On 27th May, KB League completed the final game (Game 7) of season one.  Rudy was the overall league champion and second place went to Anas.
Game 7 was played on a Saturday afternoon unlike the usual games that were played on Wednesday night. Game 7 champion went to Anas and Rudy took the runners-up position.
The next KB competition (KB FA Cup) will be played on 23rd July 201.
Following were the results of game 7 and overall standing of season one.

Friday, 9 June 2017

WASPA monthly report of May 2017

Dear all, you will find in the attached file the monthly rankings of May 2017.

PDF file (golden book)
Excel file (world rankings)

It was another great month with a total of 34 regional events, 2 tournaments with the old rules, 1 promotional tournaments, 1 test match and some stages of the NETFA Brigantes league. It took time to compile all results but finally everything is now correctly compiled.

Continuous development in derry, Northern Ireland
Some nations give a very strong support to the circuit as we had 6 events in Australia and 7 in Belgium but we also had many events played in different countries. Argentina hosted a second tournament and we were glad to be back in Gibraltar and Japan.

We have now a total of 1631 players from 46 nations in the rankings!

Young and older players competing together in Singapore
Just as a reminder, we are always trying to improve the WASPA circuit. Your ideas are more than welcome to improve the circuit.

Don't miss the last chance to fill out our survey at

Great games in Sydney, Australia
There are 5 main rankings. We are trying to find ideas to boost the interest for the ranking of clubs. Any idea is welcome. Welcome to BRISBANE SUBBUTEO CLUB (Australia). They are now a WASPA top club!!!

The Golden Book file being now "too large", I will upload it on Google Drive and make it available ASAP. You can download it from the links section of the WASPA blog.

Argentina is now part of our family
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

Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at as there are updates almost every day.
The FISTF website can be found here:

Old rules tournaments become very popular in Greece
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

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 (

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Mark Farrell wins in Yorkshire

20/5/2017 Heckmondwike Sports Club. 
Since the inception of the UK team event championship in 2015 at Heckmondwike, Yorkshire Phoenix have always held a strong tournament. The table tennis centre with its bright lights and intimate surroundings has always proved a popular venue and this was no exception.
Players travelled from Manchester (Blanchard) Liverpool (Daly, Matthews, Len) and Ireland (Farrell) to play on the pitches at Yorkshire.

Mark Farrell
In a well attended tournament, 14 player settled it out over 5 intense Swiss format sessions.
Ruby Matthews, one to watch in the future offered a strong challenge and was very unlucky not to take home more than the U9s trophy on the day,. In a well fought battle she was unlucky to concede four goals to her dad Cayne who played well in the early rounds.
Seasoned players like Mike Burns and Brian Daly, Mike Parnaby and Andy Boyer made it a tough competition throughout. Craig Hewards FISTF balsa army almost did enough to win but Mark Farrell the coolest head on the day flew back to Ireland the victor.

A genuinely enjoyable competition with everyone playing with a great spirit.
The team event in June is a great chance to get involved and continue a run of fantastic events. Please get in touch with Yorkshire Phoenix if you would like to be part of our next event.

Highlights of the games on the day
Boyer 4 t price 2
Farrell 2 0 blanchard
Martin b 3 parnaby 2
Cayne 4 1 ruby
Mark 2 1 mike burns
Brian Daly 2 1 Martin B

Winner – Mark Farrell
Runner Up – Craig Heward
Third – Brian Daley
Under 16s – Thomas Price
Under 9s Ruby Matthew

Final standings:
1. Mark Farrell (Ireland/Yourkshire)
2. Craig Heward (England/Yorkshire)
3. Brian Daley (England/Yorkshire)
4. Mike Burns (Scotland/Yorkshire)
5. Martin Blanchard (England/London & Essex)
6. Len Parsons (England/Merseyside)
7. Brian Kinrade (Isle of Man/Moralzarzal)
8. Thomas Price (England/Kent Invicta)
9. Andrew Garbutt (England/Lincoln)
10. Andy Boyer (England/Yorkshire)
11. Brett Price (England/Kent Invicta)
12. Cayne Matthews (Wales/Manchester)
13. Mike Parnaby (England/NETFA Brigantes)
14. Ruby Matthews (Wales/Manchester)

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Dimitris Dimopoulos wins in Pireas

On May 28 the club of Pireas Lions was hosting another WASPA tournament with a good field of 11 players. Dimitris Dimopoulos (from the host club) defeated Manolis Papadakis (Athinaikos) in the final. Leonidas Koutromanos and Giorgos Karatarakis reached the semi-finals. Vasilis Tritsarolis won the U15 tournament after beating Kostas Pantelaras in the final.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Marcos Kalopsidiotis does it again

Seven players attended the 9th stage of the national circuit in Cyprus. The final was another "classico" and this time Marcos Kalopsidiotis (Salamis) defeated Georgios Zangylos (Famagusta) on shots in the final. Demetris Parperis (Nicosia Strikers) and Marios Nikolaou (Phoenix) reached the semis.

Rise of the next generation

Western Flickers 12th WASPA - May 20, 2017
With Melbourne Table Football Club cancelling its’ scheduled May WASPA, Western Flickers stepped in to quickly set up a WASPA tournament for the month.

Despite the late notice, there was a good turnout of 6 players – including sole MTFC representative Juan Menendez and U15 junior Joe Kee who was making his table football tournament debut after attending a couple of Friday Flicks. The tournament was held at our new western venue Barnestoneworth United Junior Football Club for the first time and the format was a simple round robin.
It turned out to be a day that signalled the rise of the next generation of Subbuteo table football players in the form of reigning Australian junior champion Benjamin Ng. He started the day with an upset victory over his dad and Victorian champion Benny and never looked back. Comfortably winning the rest of his matches, Benjamin romped home to victory with a 100% record, scoring 11 goals and conceding no goals!

Hence it was left to the rest of the players to fight for minor placings. In a sign of even competition, it was a close contest for the vast majority of games with 6 draws and another 6 games with a single goal on it. In the end, only a few points separated second to fifth placings!
Benny left his shooting boots at home but still managed to squeeze out enough points to finish runners up. The ever improving Juan played solidly to clinch third spot on the day from Kevin by a single point. Special credit to debutant Joe who’s defensive flicking was quite brilliant and demonstrated natural tactical acumen – scoring a deserved draw and losing his other games by only a single goal. Well done son!

Thanks to all who attended for helping to make it another enjoyable Western Flickers WASPA event. It was a fun day of skill, banter, jokes and all round relaxed enjoyable environment. Kudos to everyone for playing with the WTF spirit!

The final tournament standings are:

Open Category
1. Benjamin Ng
2. Benny Ng
3. Juan Menendez (MTFC)
4. Kevin Grant
5. Tim Kee
6. Joe Kee

P.S. If anyone is interested in taking part in future Western Flickers events or just popping by for chat and look-see, please visit the Western Flickers Facebook page ( and send us a message.