Friday, 26 May 2017

Patricio Echevarrieta wins in Buenos Aires


On May 25 the second tournament organized by the "Metropolitan Federation of Table Football" was held in Buenos Aires (Argentina). The tournament was called "Revolution May" and was attended by 5 players. The victory went to Patricio Echevarrieta who won his four games. Norberto Martinez, who proved to have raised his level, managed to take the second place. It is worth mentioning the debut federation of Guillermo Gramajo, who despite not having scored points or goals, was a pleasing revelation with a good level of play.

(Report from the organizers)

Michaël Dupret wins another promotional event


The final between Dupret and Flament
On Tuesday evening 10 players from 6 different clubs met in Templeuve for a promotional tournament. There were some surprise in the group stage but in the end, Michaël Dupret (MT Tournai) took the honors after defeating Alain Flament (SCAF Quévy) in the final. Eric Caillaux takes the third place while John Verfaillie wins games for the 5th place. Congratulations to all.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Veni, Vidi, Vici

Western Flickers’ Adrian Connolly was heading to Parramatta for a week of business, so the Subbuteo Parramatta club held a WASPA tournament to give him something to do while he was away from home. Adrian had sharpened his skills at the Victorian Championships the previous weekend and was looking to put them to use. Meanwhile, the Subbuteo Parramatta club was using its new clubhouse at Good Games Bella Vista for their first ever Opens WASPA tournament.

(l-r) Richard, Adrian C, Mat, Dave, Adrian E
With 5 players making their way to the midweek competition, a straight league was settled upon as the best way to go. The opening round saw Adrian C take out a 2 goal victory over Richard with Adrian E doing the same against Dave. In the second round of games, things got really tight – Richard and Adrian E slugging out a 0-0 draw and Mat peppering Dave’s goal, only to see everything saved or hit the woodwork. Then, in the final minute of the game, with his first shot of the game, Dave slipped one past Mat’s ‘keeper with the ensuing victory dance telling the full story! Dave followed this up with another 1-0 win, this time over Richard, while Adrian C continued to build an impressive run with a 2-0 victory over Mat. The 4th round fixtures saw a very tight 0-0 between Adrian C and Dave, while Adrian E got over Mat by the solitary goal. This left Dave, Adrian C and Adrian E all on 7 points with one round remaining. Unfortunately, Dave had the final bye so wouldn’t be able to take the title, leaving the match between the two Adrians as the virtual final.

In the final games, Mat picked up his first points of the tournament with a goalless draw with Richard. Adrian and Adrian squared up and the game, as was typical of all the evening’s matches, was an incredibly tight affair. However, late in the first half, the Melburnian made a beautiful incisive flick and shot on the run, putting the ball into the goal with the Sydney-sider not even behind his goal line. Holding on to his lead for the rest of the fixture meant that Adrian C would return home with the title, having seen off all his Subbuteo Parramatta opponents.

(Story by Adrian Almer - Oriinal post at http://subbuteoaustralia.com/?cat=15)

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Emotional win for Chris Thomas in Cardiff

Cardiff TFC was holding a WASPA tournament on Monday evening. This time 9 players were competing and Chris Thomas defeated Cgareth Thomas in the final. The tournament was special for the local players who usually hold tournament to visiting celebrities. "This time it was for two who are leaving us. Giulio Astengo is back to Milano and Chris Thomas is back to the North of England", reported John Lauder. We wish Chris and Giolio the best of luck in their new homes!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Some more news from Cyprus

Battle of the chiefs between Zangylos and Kalopsidiotis
Several events have recently been held in Cyprus. On May 7 a small field of 6 competed in the 7th tournament of the national circuit. Giorgos Zangylos defeated Marcos Kalopsidiotis in the final while Kyriakos Stylianou and Panagiotis Panaretos reached the semis.

The players on May 21
On May 21, the 8th tournament of the season had a special guest from abroad. Massimo DalPrà, who lives in Bucharest (Romania) was taking part. The Italian managed to reach the final but lost the game in sudden death against local hero Giorgos Zangylos. Semi-finalists were Marios Nikolaou and Marcos Kalopsidiotis.

Test match between massimo from Bucharest and local legend Giorgos
Giorgos Zangylos and Massimo DalPrà also played a WASPA test match using different sets of bases. The Cypriot defeated the Italian on goal-difference and both players were glad to share some experience together! Congratulations to all.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Bernard Lim wins in Jurong Central

The Jurong Central Subbuteo Club had its fifth session of its league on 5th May 17. The session took its usual form of an individual WASPA tournament. League leaders Rudy (aka Encik Rudy) and Anas Bin Rahamat suffered relatively early exits in the knockout stages with club veteran, Michael Choong claiming tight wins over both, en route to the final. Visiting SG Lions Table Football Club player, Bernard Lim was the other finalist, enduring a close semi-final win against the club’s people’s champion, Fauzi Ghani, winning on a golden goal.

In the final, after a goalless match, Bernard claimed the overall title with a 1-0 sudden death shots victory. Rudy won the Plates title against Vikas. Mohamed Rizal Taib won the Bowl title with a sudden death shots victory against junior, Mohamed Bolkiah.

The next league session will be held at the end of this month, on Thursday, 25 May 2017. All are invited to join in!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Elliott came back and he does it in style

Rudi and Elliott (picture from the archives)
Pretty much this would have been the only title to write after Round 6 of the Harrow League if it wasn't for another two episodes.
Firstly, Neil ended second on the night taking vital points from Rudi and helping Elliott (as if he needed any help) in his run to engrave his name on the cup twice in a row, and secondly the debut of two new players at Harrow, Zoran Higgins, back to flick after long time, and 11 years old Nigel Spiteri, a little Maltese boy, which was looking forward to play Rudi once again (after Chingford couple of weeks ago), so he could finally get a win on the night, unfortunately for him the 4 Round Swiss System used as format for the night, didn't allow the clash to happen (thanks heaven for that).
Anyway, let's start from the beginning, the title says it all, Elliott hasn't showed up for the fifth round but he had very little to lose that just by cruising to the victory in round 6, which gave him yes the WASPA win for the night but also most likely ended Rudi's chase for glory (I won't give up).
The Royal's player won all his 4 matches, not without sweating, and secured himself extra 15 points for the league table (70 in total), after winning rather easily the first round against a rusty Zoran (couldn't draw a worst player for his come back), in the second session walked over Victor (4-0), and managed to score a vital goal to win 2-1 vs Panos, 30 seconds from the end in session 3, with Rudi was basically a final where he could have been happy with a draw, but I don't think he has that word in his vocabulary, and with a classic 2-0 win, after a very tight first half (0-0), he just completed the opera.
Second in the night a surprising Neil, he's getting better by the minute, yes, the 3 Bye points proved to be quite handful in the end but still, he won vs Zoran (1-0), beat the Maltese whizkid (1-0) and lost to Rudi only 2-0 when both lucky goals were scored in the first half, so, credit to the guy for improving his game.
3rd on the night Rudi, a late equaliser from Panos with 40 seconds left on the clock might have cost him the second spot on the night and some extra vital points, but managed to win 2-1 vs Victor with a goal from a corner when there were 24 seconds left to play in the first half with Victor very sportingly taking his blocks quite quick to allow him to play before the end of the half, so, can't really moan about Panos's late goal against him.
The last round as we said was against Elliott an she only had one result to play for, didn't go his way.
A good 4th place on the night for Zoran's return, hopefully we'll see more of him in the future, whilst Panos (5th) and Victor (6th) just weren't in their best night.
Decent effort from little Nigel, watch out for this boy, we'll hear a lot about him in few years time but at the moment he has a more important match to win and we all wish him the very best of luck.
Anyway, Elliott as said is crushing to Title number two but hopefully will have to sweat a bit more for it.

Result and table to follow and see you all next month for round 7.

Session 1
Panos Stemitsiotis v Bye 3-0
Neil Doherty v Rudi Peters 0-2
Nigel Spiteri v Victor Jones 0-3
Zoran Higgins v Elliott Bellefontaine 0-2

Session 2
Panos v Rudi 1-1
Victor v Elliott 0-4
Neil v Bye 3-0
Nigel v Zoran 0-2

Session 3
Elliot v Panos 2-1
Rudi v Victor 2-1
Nigel v Bye 3-0
Neil v Zoran 1-0

Session 4
Elliott v Rudi 2-0
Panos v Victor 0-0
Neil v Nigel 1-0
Zoran v Bye 3-0

Final standings
Elliott 12 pts (15 LP)
Neil 9 pts (12 LP)
Rudi 7 pts (10 LP)
Zoran 6 pts (9 LP)
Panos 5 pts (8 LP)
Victor 4 pts (7 LP)
Nigel 3 pts

The league table sees only Rudi loosing 9 points as he played 6 rounds but only 5 do count for the table, Panos could still take the runner up seat off him, as the tittle looks well strong on Elliott's hands and watch out for Neil too
Elliott 70 pts
Rudi 56 (6)
Panos 53
Neil 44
Victor 39
Marco 36
Paolo 27
Kevin 26
Paul Odr 12
Lee 9
Zoran 9
Martin B 7
John 4

See you all soon folks!

(Report by Rudi Peterschinigg)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

TFAS League 2017 Match Day 4

Eight players attended the fourth matchday of the TFAS League 2017, including first-time appearances from the young Lim brothers, namely Isaac and Luke.

A Swiss format of 4 rounds was played, and Anas emerged victorious with his third win in this League. Rudy came in at a close second, and Rizal Taib came in third with a brilliant result.

Herman Kruse does it again in Sydney

Well done to Herman Kruse taking the Sydney TFC May 2017 WASPA tournament defeating Fabrizio Coco in the Grand Final on penalties shout out, 1-1 regular time, 1-0 on penalties.

Tony Credentino and Raffaele Lombardi reached the semi-final.

Congratulations to all!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Richard Stock wins London Road SC tournament

London Road Subbuteo Club had another day of Subbuteo on Sunday. The tournament attracted 6 players competing in a league so that everyone had 5 games. Richard Stock managed to win the tournament, his first win in a LRSC event, while Brian Daley took the second place. Cayne Matthews took the third place and Yani Kelly was 4th. Ruby Matthews and Dave Kelly were also taking part. "We had lots of help from Brian Daley and Richard Stock, their help with training our youth players is amazing", reported local organizer Cayne Matthews.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Next event in Pretoria, South Africa


A good turnout in Templeuve


Last Friday 12 players met to attend the monthly Templeuve tournament in Belgium. There were some close games but in the end, nothing could prevent Geoffrey Marain to win once again. Marain finished on the of the Swiss system with 10 points after a draw versus Michaël Dupret (3-3). Vincent Coppenolle and Corentin Boltz finished the evening with 9 points. Organizers were also glad to see a new junior player taking part. Well done!

Final standings:
1. Geoffrey Marain (Flickers Milano)
2. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve)
3. Corentin Boltz (SC Eugies)
4. Michaël Dupret (MT TOurnai)
5. Eric Caillaux (France/Templeuve)
6. Franck Santer (France/Templeuve)
7. Matthias Averlant (Templeuve)
8. André Boltz (SC Eugies)
9. Benjamin Marain (SC Warcoing Ducks)
10. Alain Flament (SCAF Quévy)
11. Olivier Bodelle (France/Templeuve)
12. Théo Agache (Templeuve)

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Jean Grosdent wins in Vresse


Young players in action
Last Sunday the club of SC Semois was hosting a WASPA tournament with 8 players. Besides the 4 local players, there were 4 representatives of Wamme SC. The group stage consisted in two groups and later, Jean Grosdent (Wamme) and Pascal Droeven (Semois) won their semi-finals against Patrick Vanderlinden and Renaud Parisel. The final was close but in the end, Jean Grosdent defeated local organizer pascal Droeven (2-0) to claim the trophy. Congratulations for another great day in the South of Belgium!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Number 3 for Eugene Plytas



A good field of 12 players with a lot of new entries competed in the 7th Greek Old Subbuteo WASPA tournament organized by Flaming Flickers on Sunday, May 7. It was a lovely subbuteo morning with a surprising final. Vaggelis Scotiniotis, in his first WASPA appearance, managed to defeat Serafim Koulosousas in the semi-final. Eugenios Plytas won the final to claim his 3rd title in 7 tournaments. Plytas and Koulosousas are on top of the local old rules circuit with 3 wins for each of them. The next tournament will take place on June 11.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

69 for Geoffrey Marain

Top 3: Ceulemans-marain-Lannoy
The SC Flanders players had another good evening on Monday as 10 players attended the monthly tournament held in the premises of Hofstade-Zemst. There was a newcomer, Kyriacos Ktenas, who is basically from Cyprus but lives in Brussels for many years and has plans to start a new club called "Bruxelles-Capitale SC". In the end of the evening, Geoffrey Marain proved to be on fire as he won his four games to take his 69th WASPA title. Jos Ceulemans and Frank Lannoy, who both lost to Marain, finish on the podium with 9 points.

The players (Bart Van de Vliet was gone)
The final standings:
1. Geoffrey Marain (Flickers Milano) - 12 points
2. Jos Ceulemans (London & Essex) - 9
3. Frank Lannoy (SC Temploux) - 9
4. Bart Van de Vliet (SC Flanders) - 6
5. Geert Leys (London & Essex) - 6
6. David Wouters (SC Flanders) - 6
7. Vincent Coppenolle (Templeuve) - 6
8. Willy De Bandt (SC Flanders) - 3
9. Kyriakos Ktenas (Bruxelles Capitale TFC) - 1
10. Filip Van Hulle (SC Flanders) – 1

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Mark Mc Crossan takes the Beltane Cup



The Beltane Cup took place on Monday in Derry and was already Derry City TFC's 7th WASPA tournamenty. Once again, there was a very good turnout of 10 players and in the end, Mark Mc Crossan emerged victorious for the first time, in his fourth WASPA cup final appearance, beating Craig Stewart 2-0 on shots following a tense 1-1 draw. Congratulations to Mark and to DCTFC.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Luis Mendez wins in Gibraltar

Luis Mendez, winner of the tournament

Lawrence Alvarez was runner-up
There was a WASPA tournament this week-end in Gibraltar during the FISTF grand Prix organized by the local association. In the final, Luis Felipe Mendez from Spain defeated local player Lawrence Alvarez (3-1) while last year's winner William Dotto lost in the semi-final against Mendez. Thanks to John Field and the Gibraltar players for their support and showing interest for the WASPA circuit!

Successful Flicko De Mayo 2017

Peter Alegi, right on the picture, won the individual tournament 

Ilias Gikas was runner-up
The sixth annual Flicko De Mayo tournament showed once again why Subbuteo table soccer is a game like no other. Lots of high quality play, spectacular goals, and close matches made for an exciting and fun WASPA event in Grand Rapids.

The round-robin format ensured plenty of matches for everyone, including our friends who made the long journey from Chicago: Ilias Gikas, Chris Sweetland, and Tim Tumminaro.

Team victory for Grand Rapids
The top three finishers were decided only after the 7th and final round. Peter Alegi edged out Ilias Gikas 2-1 to win the championship. Tim Tumminaro defeated Chris Sweetland 3-2 to take third place thanks to the 1-1 draw between Paul Pate and Alex Galarza. Joe Legatz showed continued improvement in his first year of competitive play, scoring some fine goals against far more experienced players.

Special mention must be made of the mesmerizing match between Ilias and Tim. In this goal fest Tim drew level at 5-5 with 30 seconds left, but Ilias miraculously scored the winner with time running out: 6-5!

The 2017 Great Lakes Team Cup Challenge capped a wonderful day of action. Grand Rapids won the trophy on goal difference with these scores: Peter-Ilias 3-0, Alex-Tim 0-1, Paul-Chris 0-0.  Thanks to everyone, including our hosts at Big Kidz Games, for a really good time!

(Report from https://grtsc.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/successful-flicko-de-mayo/)

FLICKO DE MAYO 2017 RESULTS

Gikas Galarza 4-1
Tumminaro-Pate 1-0
Legatz-Alegi 0-4

Sweetland-Gikas 1-7
Pate-Legatz 4-1
Galarza-Alegi 0-6

Gikas-Legatz 8-0
Galarza-Tumminaro 1-0
Sweetland-Alegi 0-5

Gikas-Tumminaro 6-5
Alegi-Pate 4-1
Sweetland-Legatz 2-0

Gikas-Pate 2-0
Galarza-Sweetland 0-0
Legatz-Tumminaro 1-3

Pate-Sweetland 2-1
Galarza-Legatz 1-0
Alegi-Tumminaro 6-1

Alegi-Gikas 2-1
Pate-Galarza 1-1
Sweetland-Tumminaro 2-3

FINAL STANDINGS

Peter Alegi 18 points (27 GF 3 GA)
Ilias Gikas 15 points (28-9)
Tim Tumminaro 9 (13-16)
Alex Galarza 8 (4-11)
Paul Pate 7 (8-10)
Chris Sweetland 4 (6-17)
Joe Legatz 0 (1-16)

Monday, 8 May 2017

Marco Zucchi wins in Austria

In the last week-end of April, the famous "Baumfalkencup" was played in Austria and some players decided to play a consolation tournament under WASPA banner. Marco Zucchi from Czech Republic defeated Austria's Alfred Strommer in the final. Gabor Baross (Hungary) and Andreas Jung sr (Germany) reached the semi-finals.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Marcos Kalopsidiotis wins local derby


On May 1 Cyprus had another tournament in the premises of Famagusta TFC. Marcos Kalopsidiotis defeated Georgios Zangylos in the final. Rafael Eleftheriou and Stephanos Eleftheriou were the semi-finalists. The turnout was poor this time but local organizers hope to attract more players for their forthcoming events. Players from Greece and from Italy are likely to pay some visits to the Limassol players.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Europa League for Alekos Apatzis




In the last days of April the Flaming Flickers organized a tournament played with the theme of the Europa League. 16 players were taking part and were divided in four groups with home and away games. After the first round, the quarter-finals and semi-finals were also played in home and away games. In the big final, Alekos Apatzis defeated Panos Panagiotides (2-1) to claim the trophy. Nikolaos Liakopoulos and Dionisis Roumantzas were the semi-finalists. COngratulations to the very dynamic club of Flaming FLickers for another great tournament.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Farrell Wins Seaview Open

The final - Farrell vs Beggs
Belfast Sun 30th Apr 2017
Dublin's Mark Farrell won Northern Ireland's 7th WASPA event of the season, beating Kenny Beggs 1-0 in the final. Barry Spence beat Ian Greer in the 3rd Place Play-off and Brendan Rodgers from Donegal won the Plate, with a shootout victory over Mark McCrossan. Results

3rd place play-offs between Spence and Greer
Mark Farrell
Thanks to Craig Stewart for organising the venue at Seaview Football Stadium, home of Crusaders Football Club. Thanks also to the members of Derry City Table Football Club, who travelled to their first 'away' event and helped make it such a successful day.

Original link: http://www.nitfa.org.uk/

Thanks to Kenny Beggs for the report!

Third trophy for Serafim Koulosousas



Serafim Koulosousas and Eugene Plytas
Last Sunday 12 players from different clubs attended the 6th Greek Old Subbuteo WASPA tournament in Kallithea. The "usual suspects" Koulosousas and Plytas made it to the final where Koulosousas won his 3rd trophy. Eugene Plytas had formerly won 2 of the first 6 tournaments. Congratulations to Alekos Apatzis and Leonidas Koutromanos who managed to reach the semi-finals.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Monthly WASPA report of April 2017

Dear Subbuteo players and fans, the WASPA standing of April 2017 are out! It was another great month with a total of 38 tournaments (34 regional, 2 with old rules, 1 promotional event, 1 with advanced rules) and we also had 4 'test match series'. You can imagine it took a lot of times to compile these results.

Excel file: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4_PpphlADgVb24yd0pkX2tVVmc/view?usp=sharing
Golden book: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4_PpphlADgVa0hFU3pBT2IyNTg/view?usp=sharing

Action in Yokohama, Japan
There were some highlights like every month:
- the Japanese clubs of Sakuragicho and Yamato held their first WASPA events and the future looks bright for the circuit in Japan;
- the Belgian club of Wamme also joined the circuit with some exciting events with 6 and 12 players;
- the Pretoria Flickers in South Africa held their first promotional tournament (also the first in the country);
- the Glasgow FISTF grand Prix had a consolation tournament under WASPA banner with former FISTF president David Baxter as winner;
- Northern Ireland had 2 great tournaments with 10 players in Derry and Belfast;
- Singapore had another great month with 3 successful events;
- England and Australia remain very active nations in the circuit with many events;
- we were happy to see action in Helsinki, Finland after a long absence;
- our Italian friends from Trieste held another tournament and we had the first winner from... Slovenia!

Young players in Cyprus
The 'WASPA test match series' seem to be a great idea. We even had games in Thailand (!) this month during Hugh Best's visit in Koh Samui. The Australian player had a chance to play against Belgium's David Ruelle.

We have now a total of 1639 players from 47 countries in the ranking.

New active club in Belgium, welcome Wamme SC
Just as a reminder, we are always trying to improve the WASPA circuit. To make it happen, we need your input. Here is a survey with several questions. It will only take uou 2 minutes to answer the questions. Be aware that your input is very important. Please also send the link to your club members and fellow Subbuteo friends. The direct link is https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Oizoj5z2R64vZWCbxfGl0raY0DehDRMCXxSwUsT6tgg/edit

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

Test match series in South Africa
There are 5 main rankings. We are trying to find ideas to boost the interest for the ranking of clubs. Any idea is welcome.

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

Youth in action in Parramatta, Australia
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)

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Latest results from Staffordshire

Home advantage counted for nothing when the finals of the County Championships, Staffordshire Cup and Mercian Cups were held in Burton-on-Trent last night. In the Mercian Cup final (first held in 1975) Tony Machin discovered big match nerves when he couldn't hold on to a 1-0 lead, and Wolverhampton's Justin Scott scored two second half goals to win his first trophy after decades of being a beaten finalist. In the final of the Staffordshire Cup, played across the season, and this year with an improved entry of 32, Justin faced perennial finalist Mike Bradbury, who used his experience to good effect. Goal-less at the break, Bradbury scored soon after, and although Scott pushed for an equaliser, Bradbury broke away and scored a second on the counter-attack. Scott had mentally conceded defeat by the time Bradbury added a late third to win his 18th Staffordshire Cup. The third high powered game of the night saw Tony Machin take on Bradbury in the hope that his nerves could be put to bed. However, Bradbury raised his game again, and powered his way to a 4-0 victory with his best performance of the year. There were some amusing incidents in all three games, when more than once, fast moves ending in shots on the run resulted in the ball being 'saved' by the unheld prone goalkeeper. And so, after the most intense night of top class Subbuteo, the results were-

bradbury vs Scott
County championships final (32 entries).
Mike Bradbury 4-0 Tony Machin

Scott vs Bradbury
the 48th Staffordshire Cup final (32 entries and first played in 1969)
Mike Bradbury 3-0 Justin Scott.

Scott vs Machin
Mercian Cup final (16 entries)
Justin Scott 2-1 Tony Machin.

(Report by Mike Bradbury)