Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Northern Phoenix WASPA No.3



Friday 10th November 2017
Northern Phoenix players
Northern Phoenix Waspa No.3 saw a total of nine competitors fighting it out in the Open division whilst a total of three flickers competed in the junior event. The event also marked the first ever occasion where all three Northern Phoenix members would be simultaneously attending and competing for honours.

Each of the senior competitors where split into one of three groups – with a seeded player (based on current Waspa rankings) being allocated the first entry into each group and the remaining players being drawn randomly thereafter.

After the first round of competition, two of the three seeds made it through to the Premiers Plate whilst the runners up faced off for the Silver Plate. The remaining three flickers from each group fought it out for the Bronze plate.

Benny Ng won the Open tournament
The Premiers plate was to be decided by the winner of the Paul Mercer/Benny Ng clash. The honours went to the later, Benny securing a 2-0 victory and adding another Waspa title to his impressive resume. Kevin Grant’s single win and single draw were enough to secure the Silver plate whilst similar results for Christos Garagounis allowed him to take out the Bronze plate.

In the junior competition, Billy and Charlotte Wright along with Alex Briffa played a round robin format – each player competing in four matches. Alex went through the proceedings undefeated whilst Billy secured second place (on goal difference from Charlotte).

All in all a fun evening of table football for everyone involved.

News from Harrow


Paul Andreas won the latest stage of the Harrow Hawks TSC Championship. Marcho Ghigliotti was runner-up, above Rudi Peterschinigg and Elliott Bellefontaine on goal-difference.

Martin Bellefontaine is 5th, Victor Jones 6th and Neil Doherty 7th.

The club is also pleased to announce the signing of Kevin Cordell. The former London & Essex United player joins the club after a short break from the game.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Number 10 for Bevin Reed

Saturday 18 November 2017, Pretoria, South Africa :
Once again Bevin Reed proved just too strong for a field of 15 entries to capture the 2017 PFC Scudo Campioni event !
Over the 30 scheduled fixtures, we witnessed all the thrills, spills, shock results, counter attack movements, good goalkeeping skills and the achievements of personal milestones that the sport of Subbuteo can provide !
Below are a few notes of mention and highlights stemming from this event :
Ø  The noticeable absence of Chessray Jooste from the event due to pre-arranged commitments elsewhere
Ø  Thanks to debutant Nathanael Thyssen for a new club milestone - a record entry of 15 participants !!!
Ø  Chris Abrahamse recording his first ever win by 1-0 over Imtiaz Ahmed in Match 1 !!!
Ø  Imtiaz Ahmed registering his first ever win by 2-0 over debutant Nathan Thyssen in Match 11 !!!
Ø  Conway Julie confirming his first ever victory over Julian vd Merwe (by 1-0)  - adding more misery to Julian following his poor run at last weekend's Cape Town Open
Ø  The exciting 1-1 Round 3 draw between Bevin Reed and Jayden vd Merwe - considered by many as the defining moment of the event. A match where Jayden took a well deserved lead
Ø  Strangely enough, the first ever matchup between Gary Downs and Julian vd Merwe in Match 17, with Julian taking the honours with a 1-0 win this time around !!!
Ø  The excellent goalkeeping skills of Gary Downs in Match 23 to survive an onslaught from Jayden - frustrating Jayden to a 0-0 draw, with Jayden clinching 2nd place overall !!!
Ø  An impressive 3rd place finish for Conway Julie - undefeated on the day !!!
Ø Chris Abrahamse (playing only his second event) finishing tied 5th overall with Stanton Nortjie - both players posting undefeated runs !!
Ø The official announcement that Gary Downs has now pledged his allegiance to Pretoria Flickers Club - welcome aboard Gary !!!
Ø Thanks to Gary for providing the club with 4 "half-sized" training pitches to help members sharpening up their skills !!!
Ø A personal milestone for Bevin Reed as he registered his 10th WASPA title to date !!!!

only to be caught on a brilliant counter attack movement by Bevin within the final minute of play !!!

As always, a big thank you to all who attended to make the day a great success.

The PFC website & facebook page will be updated shortly with photo's & news content at :
http://pfctest.leaguerepublic.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/PFC-SA/519566284755728

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

Friday, 17 November 2017

Sydney Spring League - Day 1

Ten players on a Monday night contested the first of three linked WASPA events to decide the Sydney Spring League.
In the end, Steve Dettre went through the night winning all six matches, scoring 14 and conceding 1, to take the final against Tony Credentino.
Many thanks to Neil Brener who stepped in at the last minute to ensure an even 10 player tournament.
In group 2, Hermann Kruse got a couple of narrow wins before having a shock against Geoff Sirmain when Geoff opened the scoring.
Adrian Grunbach continued his fine run of form, scoring two beauties against Adrian Elmer, and then comprehensively beat Geoff.
In group 1, Oli Ollnow got up against his perennial rival Jonty Brener 3-0, and then beat Dom 2-1 in a great performance.
In the semis, Steve score a spectacular on-the-run goal against Adrian before closing out a 2-0 win, while Hermann had to default against Tony because he was running out of time: he had to get Oli home on a school night! The responsible parent!
The final started spectacularly, when Steve scored within 30 seconds, then eased his nerves as Tony piled on the pressure in the second half, scoring with a rifling low shot that squeezed in at the far post.
As always, thanks to all players for the good spirit and humour on the night, and to Daniel and Robbie from Good Games for their assistance.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Raul Benita claims first WASPA title


The club of Marina Citerior in Javea (Spain) organized a tournament counting for the "Province of Turia" under WASPA banner. 8 players were taking part and both clubs of Turia and Marina Citerior were fielding four players. In the end experienced player Raul Benita defeated clubmate Fernando Gómez in the final while Pedro Benavent took the third place and Pasquale Carrassi was the other semi-finalist.

Luca Pini wins in Firenze

The second tournament of the Firenze league took part on Monday with a good field of 17 players.

After the group stage, there were many close games to decide the winner. In the end, Luca Pini defeated Emanuele Cattani on shots after the close final (0-0) to claim the victory.

Davide Visani and Simone Faraoni made it to the semi-finals and Riccardo Ferri won the consolation tournament.

Congratulations to the club of Firenze and Marco Bonciani for the great work.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Action in Donegal, Republic of Ireland

"Donegal Subbuteo" had a four player tournament on Friday evening. Cormac played for the first time in 2 years. He first played back in December 2011 as a 10 year old! Anyway there was some great games between Brian, Cormac and Caoimhe. They haven't played a lot lately so there was plenty of goals and action in every game. We played a group format with players playing each other once. Brendan used Heavyweight bases and the other 3 used the more modern bases. The idea of this was to make the tournament more equal for everyone. And as you can see from the final table, Brendan just pipped Caoimhe on goal difference! But great to see the younger ones having so much fun and determination to beat each other in this great game we all love.

Here is the final table:
Brendan Rodgers...3...7...+4
Caoimhe Rodgers...3...7...+2
Cormac Coyle...3...1...-3
Brian McCorkell...3...1...-3

TFAS League 2017 - Match day 9

This month’s League Day was quite a special one, not only because it was the final session to conclude the league, but also because there were special guests from Melbourne! President of the Western Flickers TFC, Benny Ng and his son, Benjamin, also joined in the flicking fun in Sunny Singapore.
Benny’s performance did not disappoint, bagging wins against Asia’s #2, Rudy, and recent Perth Satellite Champion, Vikas.
In the end it was Anas who emerged top, undefeated. His win for this League session meant that he is the overall champion for the TFAS League 2017!

Results
Benny 2 v 1 Rudy
Bernard 3 v 2 Haikal
Anas 5 v 0 Vikas
Vikas 2 v 2 Haikal
Bernard 1 v 0 Benny
Anas 2 v 1 Rudy
Rudy 4 v 1 Haikal
Benny 1 v 4 Anas
Vikas 1 v 6 Bernard
Rudy 6 v 0 Bernard
Benny 2 v 1 Vikas
Anas 2 v 2 Haikal
Rudy 4 v 0 Vikas
Benny 1 v 4 Haikal
Bernard 1 v 3 Anas
Standings
1st: Anas
2nd: Rudy
3rd: Bernard
4th: Benny
5th: Haikal
6th: Vikas

Overall TFAS League 2017 Standings
 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Kye Arnold grabs honors in Gillingham

Kye and Dave
Report and results of Friday’s WASPA night at Kent.

It was the England U19 players of Kye & Finn who led the way in the Friday night WASPA games last week. In a 6 man field, a number of close games were had  with 5 competitive rounds of play.

Paul and Rob
Kye eventually ran out winner, unbeaten on the night, whilst Finn grabbed the runner-up spot after a final round 2-0 victory over Terry.

Table:-
Kye Arnold – 13pts +9
Finn Taylor – 10pts +3
Terry Arnold – 7pts -2
Dave Collier – 4pts -1
Paul Frank – 4pts -4
Rob McCormick – 2pts -5

Kenneth Beggs wins annivesary cup


On Monday night Derry City TFC held the 1st anniversary Cup. It’s been a great year and the club and competition has gone from strength to strength. The night saw a good turnout of ten players vie for the Cup. Kenny ‘The legend’ Beggs made an appearance and didn’t disappoint with a fantastic display of skill. Viewers tuned in for the live feed from all over the world - Wales, Italy, Greece and Strabane! The groups were closely fought affairs but Kenny proved too tough an opponent for all. Mark ‘The Moth’ McCrossan suffered defeat at the hands of Martinog Bradley in the semi, but it was Beggs, the legend himself, who sailed on to victory with a clear 4-0 victory over Bradley in the final. Brendan Rodgers took the 3rd place honours beating The Moth 1-0 in the 3rd and 4th play offs. A great night and a fitting Anniversary for the Derry City Table Football Club!

Monday, 13 November 2017

Cape Town Open 2017




Sunday the 12th November saw Cape Town City Subbuteo Club hosting the 4th annual Cape Town Open. It’s always a big deal when we get visitors to the southern tip of Africa, and so it was wonderful to have Julian van der Merwe (Pretoria Flickers) joining us for the event.
The tournament was held at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in Newlands. Seven players took part in a round-robin format, with everyone playing each other once. It was a particularly fun and relaxed afternoon. Notable highlights included:
- The first time in it’s 4 year history that the Cape Town Open was actually won by a local.
- Four penalties being awarded in the tournament, of which no less than three were missed. (How difficult is that to achieve in Subbuteo…?!).
- Wayne’s ‘on-the-move’ goal of the tournament against Clinton.
- Julian holding his own against Wayne, until he unfortunately spoiled it with an own-goal!
- John showing why he is Cape Town’s most improved player, with Julian describing 3 of the goals which were put past him as being absolutely ‘brilliant’.
- Rob and Clinton’s epic match, with the former scoring 3 superb long-range goals, and then the latter coming back from being 2-3 down to eventually winning 5-3.
- Grant’s undying positive energy.
- Mike’s standing his ground amidst much consternation, and ultimately opening our eyes to the proper interpretation of a particular rule.
- The patience which Julian’s wife Ramona displayed in sitting through the entire event.

Mariano Di Luozzo wins the Metropolitan Cup


The second "Metropolitan Cup" of Subbuteo was organized, organized by the "Fútbol Mesa Hudson" club with the participation of 6 players.
The tournament was held in two groups of 3 players and the first two went to the semifinals, while the third would play the cup consolation to the best of two games.
The tournament was won, for the second year in a row, by Mariano Di Luozzo who beat Brian Gonzalez Garayo (the revelation of the tournament) in the final 2-0.
For his part, Carlos Martinez won the consolation trophy by beating Gonzalo Triad 2-1 on aggregate (he made his presentation in the metropolitan tournaments).

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Promotional tournament in North Wales


London Road Subbuteo Club held the November "Sychdyn Cup", six players played in a league format with Brian Daley finishing first and Richard Stock coming runner up. Thirteen year old Yani Kelly came third, Cayne Matthews fourth, eight year old Ruby Matthews came fifth and beat her dad 1-0 today, with Dave Merrilees-Kelly sixth. The tournament was a WASPA promotional tournament, which means Brian and Richard will not get ranking points (because they are in the top 25 already). "Having them at the promo is good practise for the rest of us", reported Cayne Matthews.

The next event in North Wales will be held on November 26 at "the Parrot" in Drury. "We should be 10+ and today one of Ruby school friends came for a practise game with Ruby. Just looking to slowly grow as a club and attract new players to the game and bring back players that have stopped", also commented Cayne.

Table 
Brian 15pts
Rich 12
Yani 6 (WASPA champion)
Cayne 6
Ruby 4
Dave 1

Results
Yani 3v0 Ruby
Rich 5v0 Cayne
Brian 4v0 Dave
Cayne 2v1 Yani
Dave 0v0 Ruby
Brian 3v2 Rich
Yani 4v1 Dave
Cayne 0v4 Brian
Ruby 0v4 Rich
Brian 5v1 Yani
Rich 3v0 Dave
Ruby 1v0 Cayne
Yani 1v3 Rich
Brian 1v0 Ruby
Dave 0v1 Cayne

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Number 77 for Marain in the Flanders

Top 3 of the evening: Ceulemans - Marain - Lannoy

SC Flanders is the only active club in the North of Belgium and last Monday they run their 43rd WASPA tournament with a good turnout of 11 players. geoffrey Marain came with ambitions and managed to claim his 77th WASPA title, finishing the evening with 4 wins to take the first spot of the Swiss ladder. Jos ceulemans, who lost to Marain in session 1, won his next three games to finish runner-up. Four players ended with 7 points but Frank Lannoy deserved the 3rd place thanks to the number of goals scored. The next SCF tournament will be held on December 11. Everybody is welcome.

Rudy on top of the Jurong League

Jurong Central SC League 2017 (11 Nov)

11 players including Arjuna Hanafi from Australian Club, Western Flickers TFC participated in club Jurong’s 2nd last league tournament of this year. The players were divided into 3 random groups with luck of the draw again separating the two table toppers namely Rudy & Anas.  The groups are as follows:-
Groups
A - Fauzi, Rizal T, Simon & Vikas
B - Arjuna, Michael, Ezan & Rudy
C - Anas, Noor Haikal & Nic
Group A again saw recently crowed Singapore satellite champion Fauzi breezing thru with 3 wins against his 3 seasoned players.
Rudy topped Group B with Arjuna learning the hard way against his stronger opponent conceding 13 & scoring 0.
While Asian no.1 again topped Group C even though he had a minor hiccup by drawing 1-1 against the ever improving Nic.

Plates Round Robin Winner
The 3 players who did qualify the group Games played a round robin games where Haikal came in 1st followed by Rizal T & Arjuna.

Cup QF & SF
There were no upsets in this stage with Fauzi, Michael, Rudy & Anas progressing to the Semis.
Fauzi vs Rudy; Finally the rock solid defence of Fauzi was breached hence Rudy progressed with a 1-0. Anas also won 1-0 against the defence oriented play of Michael.
Rudy with Arjuna
Final
Another final game between Singapore TOP 2 players. Rudy inspired by Pep Guardiola Man City attacking press play outscored his club nemesis Anas 3-0 to be crowed Jurong November winner.
During the prize giving ceremony, Arjuna Hanafi was presented with a ‘Friends of Club ‘ certificate while the gesture was returned with Club WTF presenting their Club ball to Jurong’s Captain. 

Group Games

A Games
Fauzi 2 - 0 Rizal
Simon 0 - 3 Vikas
Fauzi 3 - 0 Simon
Rizal 2 - 2 Vikas
Fauzi 2 - 0 Vikas
Simon 2 - 0 Rizal

B Games
Arjuna 0 v 3 Michael
Ezan 0 v 2 Rudy
Arjuna 0 v 2 Ezan
Michael 2 v 3 Rudy
Arjuna 0 v 8 Rudy
Ezan 1 v 3 Michael

C Games
Anas 2 - 0 Haikal
Anas 1 - 1 Nic
Haikal 0 - 1 Nic

Plates Round Robin
Rizal 2 - 0 Arjuna
Rizal 1 - 3 Haikal
Arjuna 0 - 3 Haikal

Cup QF
Fauzi 3 - 0 Ezan
Vikas 2 - 3 Michael
Rudy 3 - 1 Nic
Anas 2 - 0 Simon

Cup SF
Fauzi 0 - 1 Rudy
Michael 0 - 1 Anas

Final
Rudy 3 - 0 Anas

Thursday, 9 November 2017

First Canberra tournament... in Melbourne

The first Canberra Table Football Club (CTFC) WASPA was held on Thursday
2nd of November, and hosted by the Western Flickers TFC.

There were a few late withdrawals, but the tournament still featured some of Melbourne’s finest table footballers.

The format of the tournament was played in the exciting Swiss format, which saw a lot of tight contests, and also interesting tactics employed by one Kevin Grant from the Western Flickers TFC!

Yago Dzelalija the rookie from CTFC played Benny NG in his first match. Tough task for the Canberra based player. However, his recent game time at the Sydney International Open saw a significant improvement in his overall gameplay, with the first half being a tightly contested affair. Eventually Benny’s strength saw him come out on top with a 3-1 win.

Kevin Grant continues his climb up the Melbourne table football ranks, with some fine performances. His rolling shots are becoming near impossible to defend against.

Adrian Connolly continues to impress, and is achieving parity with the top players in Melbourne. Adrian overcame the difficult opponent in David Simpson and continued his great form against Benny. This match was essentially the playoff match between the top two players of the night, where Adrian claimed his first point against Benny.

It was great to see a few players return from brief breaks. David Simpson’s quality was evident for all to see. His quality of possession caused a lot of headache for his opponents on the night.

Adam Deverell also returned to action. Adam’s quality was apparent with his clever tactics and quality flicking. Unfortunately the lack of recent game time impacted his overall standing on the night. He still managed a strong game against Benny.

Anthony Madiona has now comfortably shaken the cobwebs from his small break of 20 odd years! His game is rapidly rising and gave many players a scare on the night.

A big thank you to the Western Flickers TFC who came out on a school night to host CTFC’s first ever WASPA event. Another great example of the strong Subbuteo community in Australia. The tournament was played with a great level of sportsmanship.

Finally, congratulations to Benny for winning the first CTFC WASPA. Rumours suggest that he needs a new trophy cabinet!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Shaquille Barman on top of the Promotion league

Saturday 4th November 2017, Pretoria, South Africa

Pretoria Flickers Club launched their "Promotion League" on this Saturday - the division is aptly named as these players, if given enough development and practice, are the ones who will be "promoted" to play in our senior ranks one day. A very exciting day with 5 players taking part then unfolded. Although it was expected that goals would be hard to come by, the players never failed to deliver some really exciting matches. In the final match of the day, Fergus da Gama beat Imtiaz Ahmed by 1-0 - with the goal coming on the stroke of full time ! Fergus then tied Shaquille Barman on equal points and forced the event into a Final Play-Off match! The "final" ended 0-0 and had to be decided by way of sudden death penalty shots. In the end, the youngest participant on the day was able to clinch the shoot-out by 3-2. A fitting end to an exciting day of Subbuteo fun.

This was an initiative entirely driven by Jayden van der Merwe. His father Julian merely just co-ordinated the event. Local organizers hope Jayden keeps them motivated so that they can continue to develop their skills and keep them interested in this beautiful game of ours!

Final Standings:
1. Shaquille Barman
2. Fergus da Gama
3. Imtiaz Ahmed
4. Wesley Smith
5. Austin da Gama

Several results from Australia

A few more events have been held earlier this season in Australia. During the FISTF Open of Sydney in September, two events were held under WASPA banner. Benji Batten (Melbourne TFC) defeated Bernard Lim (Singapore Lions) in the final of the Open section.

The Junior tournament was recorded as a "promotional event" and 9 players from 4 different clubs were taking part. Oliver Ollnow (Northern Falcons) was in a great day and defeated clubmate Jonty Brener int he final.

During the FISTF Satellite of Altona in October, the Western Flickers also had a small WASPA tournament with six players. Simon Briffa took the honors after defeating Steve Wright in the final.

Finally, on October 27, the Northern Falcons had a small tournament with 5 players taking part in a round robin. An evening of pizza, wine and flicking! it was also the first Northern Falcons WASPA event for a while. Hermann Kruse took the evening, closely followed by Johnny Ball (who will be moving to Canberra) in his farewell tournament!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Action in Finland

Last Saturday a WASPA tournament was held in Helsinki, Finland with six players taking part. Local players had the visit of Australia's Robert Green while George Papadopoulos from Greece was also taking part. Jani Mustonen and Jarkko Lindholm made a comeback after 4 or 5 years so it was great to see them back in action. Finnish players have hopes to play more in the future in the FISTF scene. In the end, the standings of the tournament were as follows:
1. George Papadopoulos (Flickers Milano)
2. Jani Mustonen
3. Jarkko Lindholm
4. Robert Green
5. Kari Hakkarainen
6. Petri Katila

Semi-finals:
Papadopoulos - Green 2-0
Mustonen - Lindholm 1-2

3rd place:
Mustonen - Green 0-0, shoot-out 1-2

Final:
Papadopoulos - Lindholm 2-0

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Stéphane Lambert claims a second title


Logan Carette and Stéphane Lambert
Templeuve United players held their monthly tournament in a usual time on Thuersday to celebrate the visit of three representatives of SC Semois, a club based in the South of Belgium, approximately 200 kilometers away from Templeuve. The tournament was held in the afternoon, which means some players couldn't make it due to work commitments. Geoffrey marain couldn't make it this time so everybody expected a very open tournament. In the last sessions, the decisive game between Vincent Coppenolle (9 points) and Stéphane Lambert (7) was nice to watch and in the end, Lambert won the game (2-1) and the trophy. This is the Yokohama player's first WASPA trophy in Belgium, his second ever after winning in Singapore a few years ago. Logan Carette, who was back in action after a long hyatus, took the second place while Coppenolle was 3rd and Michaël Dupret 4th. The day ended with drinks and fries and everybody was glad after a great tournament. More action will be organized in the near future.

Friday, 3 November 2017

WASPA standings of October 2017

Dear all, here are the monthly standings of the WASPA circuit. There are 2 different files in this message:
- the season results (PDF);
- the rankings and statistics (Excel).

Action in Chile
We have added 34 tournaments in the records this month. We had 28 regional events, 2 tournaments with old rules and 4 promotional tournaments.

Several points to report:
- Australia had WASPA tournaments during the Sydney FISTF Open and the Altona FISTF Satellite. Thanks for their continuous support!
- Chile is back in action and we are glad to see events held in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Right now things are just starting over there but the future looks promising. We are very excited to see further developments in South America with other active groups in Argentina and hopefully Brazil will be back soon.
- Thanks to Gibraltar for hosting another WASPA event during their recent FISTF tournament.
- South Africa is still doing well. Besides the tournament in Cape Town, the Pretoria event had great numbers and the local club will have a development league for youngsters starting in November!
- Italy used to be the most active nation in the WASPA circuit. This month we had only 3 events but we really appreciate the support from the clubs of Macerata, Trieste and Firenze.
- In New Zealand, the Palmerston North players had the visit of Australia's Adrian Connolly and a good event was held there!
- There are continuous developments in the UK and this month we were extremely glad to see a good turnout in Lincoln (with the visit of 2 Italian players) and the first WASPA evening in Bristol. Well done!
- We have 1591 players (we are a bit down) from 48 different nations (new record) in the rankings. We are glad to have the very first representative from Ukraine!
- This season (since September 1) Greece (89 individual entries) is the most active nation while Australia is second (81), Belgium is third (67) while we have already had 529 individual entries in 2 month.

Great fun in Greece
We are very sad of what's happening at FISTF nowadays due to many internal problems. We really hope the people who are now in charge will do their best for the sport and we really hope the elections held in December will put the right people at the right place. We are sure the people who have asked for a General Meeting take the right decision and they deserve our full support. We also hope the new Board will collaborate seriously with the WASPA circuit in the future.

Well, that's all for now. 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

Players in Derry, Northern Ireland
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
 
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)

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Great subbuteo games in Rochefort and Bande

There were wome more events held in Belgium in october. Earlier this month JSC Rochefort had a small event with 8 players taking part. the tournament was held to prepare for the Europa Cup for clubs. Valéry Dejardin took the honors after defeating Nathan Dizier in the final. Kevin beckers and Arnaud Robillard reached the semis.

On October 31,  very small "promotional event" was held in Bande with Jean Grosdent winning all his games to lift the trophy.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Octoberfest in ... Greece!




The "Flaming Flickers" in Greece is one of the most active clubs in the WASPA circuit and this month, they also held a promotional event under the theme of "Octoberfest" so that all 14 players were competing under their favorite German team. The tournament was held in the local premises at X77 and organizers had prepared a great show with German sausages and beers to make something special. The winner was Alekos Apatzis thanks to a sudden death goal on the final against Nikos Liakopoulos. Congratulations to the winner and to all the participants for the great games.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Giuseppe Tardiota makes it again

Woody Point, 9am on October 28th.
32nd Brisbane Subbuteo WASPA Tournament


We started the day with ten competitors, thanks to a couple of fly ins from Sydney. Herman and his son Oliver flew up specially for the tournament, and both were to do very well.
Because of the numbers we had two groups of five, of which the top two from each would meet in the semi finals. Our two under 12’s Oliver and Wil were paired with Rik, Gus and Gerry.  The second group had Herman, Giuseppe, Gareth, Andrew R and Shane. Both groups looked tough, with no garuntees for anyone.

The first round saw Oliver storm home, scoring three in the last five minutes to win the U12 battle 3-0. Gerry started shakily against Gus, who capitalised with some fine goals and lost 5-0. Hermann started his away day with a 1-0 win over last months finalist Andrew whilst Gareth and Shane finished up 2-2. The two U12’s then faced serious opposition in Rik for Oliver and Dad for Wil. Dad won 4-1 and Rik won 2-1, and the shrewed Oliver picked up that Rik was playing with 12 men (we’ll be keeping a closer eye on Rik from now J ). Andrew got to winning ways beating Gareth 3-0 and a very close battle between Giuseppe and Hermann saw the Italian come out on top with a 2-1 win. Hermann had a penalty saved at the end of the first half, and saw a shot rebound out from the inside of the post.
Midway Gerry managed to a narrow 1-0 win over young Oliver, Hermann making up for his previous misses beat Shane 4-0 whilst Andrew and Giuseppe fought out a 0-0 draw.

The fourth round saw the big upset of the day, Gerry over turning Brisbanes #1 3-0. The other game in this group was a eye brow lifter too, Oliver drew 0-0 with last months winner Gus. Oliver’s defence play was really top notch.  Giuseppe narrowly beat Shane 3-2 and Hermann still on a rampage beat Gareth 4-0.

The last round in group 1 saw Rik play Gus with a loser heading out of the competition, Gerry topping the group with 9 points. Gus only needed a draw. 9 seconds into the game and Gus was 1-0 up after a quick attack and finish. Rik did get one back and pressed hard, but his normally deadly shooting didn’t turn up, the game finished 1-1 and was probably the first tournament in Brisbane where Rik missed the semis. Giuseppe secured his spot in the semis with a 4-0 win over Gareth, Andrew beat Shane 2-0 but it wasn’t enough for him to progress.

So Giuseppe and Gus lined up in the first semi, the only unbeaten players thus far, and Gerry faced our visitor Hermann.  Giuseppe playing in his penultimate Brisbane comp before moving back to Europe was determined to do well, and his determination payed off. Playing the better Subbuteo, he won 2-0 to seal his place in the final. The other semi also finished 2-0 to set up a rematch between Italy and Germany.

It was a very tense final, as they often are,  Giuseppe though making the breakthrough and scoring well. Hermann was not to be out done and roared back within 2 minutes to equalise. The first half though finished 2-1 to Giuseppe scoring another great goal just before the whistle. Hermann pushed hard but it was Giuseppe who got the next and last goal to win the final 3-1. Hermann hit the post at least twice in the second half, never giving up.

It was a great competition and great to have visitors from other clubs. Sadly our next competition is the last for  Giuseppe, but we are hoping to make a special occasion of it.