Friday, 20 October 2017

Aaron Skinner on top in Bristol



Bristol Subbuteo FC had a first gathering under WASPA banner on Monday. The October meet saw the return of Aaron Skinner to the game of Subbuteo after a few years of not playing, it didn't take him long to get back into the swing of it, not loosing a game on the night.

The results from October meet at The Crafty Cow ar as follows:
Aaron 1-0 Simon
Bob 3-0 Andy
Aaron 1-0 Giorgio
Andy 0-3 Simon
Giorgio 0-1 Bob
Aaron 4-0 Andy
Simon 1-0 Bob
Giorgio 2-0 Andy
Bob 0-0 Aaron
Giorgio 0-0 Simon

Thursday, 19 October 2017

A first tournament in Valparaiso

From left to right: Flavio Riccomagno, Marco Galindo, Fernando López, Rodrigo López, Benito López, Ignacio López and Andrés Torres.





On October 10 seven players attended the very first tournament played in Valparaiso, Chile under WASPA banner. There were some new players from Chile and there was a special mention for Benito López who is only 11 years old but he is a very enthusiastic young subbuteo player who showed lots of skills. Ignacio Lopez Campbell also reported that he expects more tournaments to be played in Viña del Mar and in Valparaíso in the future. Both cities are “next door” neighbours and there are good plans to work together.

As for the tournament, Flavio Riccomagno defeated Rodrigo López in the final to claim the trophy. Congratulations!

Lincoln Flickers Yorkshire/Sheffield Invitational


Richard Stock (London Road SC) takes first prize at Lincoln Flickers first WASPA of the season despite an early setback; Andy Boyer won this tie 2-1 in a very tight affair. Boyer could have wrapped things up in round 4 but for Mat Akin spoiling the party with a 2-0 win. This left all 3 players on 9 points and so a 5th round was played. Richard wore Matty’s resilience and finished a comfortable 4-0 in the end while Boyer was held by Pascal Carrassi from Javea club Marina Citerior 2-2 for second on the day. Andrew Garbutt pipped Atkin into 3rd on goal difference, his highlight beating his Sheffield rival 3-0 in round 2; a fixture to be repeated next month when Andrew goes to play his Subaleague International match at the Jetpac Arena for the season’s 3 year finale.

The games of the tournament all involved Pascal; his 7-3 win over John Devaney a real humdinger! The 2-2 draw to Boyer and Connor Atkin holding Pascal 1-1 a great achievement. Connor received the Junior Star Award. Pascal’s daughter Lisa deserves a special mention for having tough games and her bravery in defeat – well done, keep going, you WILL get there! She left with a small trophy and a smile 😊

Sincere thanks to all who made it an enjoyable day. The next WASPA will be during Lincoln Christmas Market weekend Sunday 10 December for Copa del Santa – come join us!

(Report by Andrew Garbutt)

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Joseph Luis Sanchez wins in Gibraltar

The FISTF Open of Gibraltar took place this week-end. The event was exciting with a great field of players and many top players from Spain taking part. Just like last season, organizers decided to have a WASPA tournament during the week-end. Jose Luis Sanchez (Europa FC TSC) defeated clubmate Jonathan Dotto in the final, offering a victory to Gibraltar. Miguel Ángel Matabuena (FM La Plazoleta) and Manuel Romero (Europa FC TSC) made it to the semi-finals. Congratulations to everyone and huge thanks to John Field for his support to the WASPA circuit. Good luck to the Gibraltar association as they will host the FISTF world cup in September 2018 and the work to prepare a fantastic tournament is already in progress.

Brendan Rodgers is a Donegal champion

Donegal Subbuteo in the Republic of Ireland had a small tournament on Saturday with three players meeting each other twice. In the end, Brendan Rodgers (see picture) took the honors with 10 points while Gary McLaughlin was runner-up (5 points) and Ciaran Rodgers took the third place (1).

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A 9th WASPA title for Bevin Reed

Saturday 14 October 2017, Pretoria, South Africa:
The 2017 edition of the League 2 Cup attracted a field of 12 entries, including debutant Chris Abrahamse visiting from the Centurion area of our province.
The event started with an exciting match between 2016 League 2 winner Bevin Reed and Kegan vd Merwe with Bevin registering a 1-0 win. Further Round 1 action
saw Gary Downs (Easterns TFC) record a 3-0 win over Sherwin Reed to lead the standings. Then, with only 2 minutes into his debut match Chris Abrahamse stunned Conway Julie to take a 1-0 lead, but after digging deep Conway levelled the match 6 minutes later - thereby avoiding a massive upset!
The pick of Round 2 matches saw an exciting match between Jayden vd Merwe and Gary Downs - with Jayden taking the lead and Gary getting an equaliser midway through the game, but with only 40 seconds left Jayden struck again to hand Gary his only defeat of the day.
Round 3 produced the match of the day between Chessray Jooste and Gary Downs - a round of applause sounded at the final whistle as the two players ended a 2-2 draw. Elsewhere, the impressive Stanton Nortjie beat Kegan vd Merwe by 1-0 to go into 2nd place on the standings!
In Round 4 action, Chessray & Jayden played out another thrilling 1-1 draw - the result not helping either's cause as Jayden had to settle for 3rd place overall & Chessray got the 4th spot.
Kegan then beat Julian vd Merwe by 1-0, but Julian got 5th place due to a superior goal difference over Kegan. Bevin's 1-0 victory over Marlin Boyd was a mere formality as Bevin had already secured the title as early as Round 3 - thanks to his dominant goal difference. Stanton continued his unbeaten run on the day by way of a 1-0 victory over Chris to clinch a surprising but well deserved second place. Imtiaz Ahmed then held the much fancied Gary Downs to a 0-0 draw, and Sherwin ended his day with a 1-0 victory over Conway.
A great day of Subbuteo action all round, with plenty of goals scored - with Bevin Reed lethal in front of goal, an effort which saw Bevin capture his 9th WASPA title to date!

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

(report by Julian vd Merwe)

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Singapore Premier League: October 2017 results

League day 8 was the second last session for Singapore Table Football League 2017. Eventhought 5 players came, the players field were fill with recent Champions, notably Vikas; winner of Australian Satellite tournament in Perth & Bernard Lim; winner of last month IO tournament in Sydney. With current form on their side the 2 players were ready to out play local champions Anas & Rudy plus seasoned veteran Rizal T.

A round robin format was adopted, with each players playing 4 games.

1st Round
Rudy edging out Bernard 2-0 with the latter adopting the “Cheeky” Off Side trap (which  was never seen done before by him). On a few occasions the COS worked perfectly but alas his finishing let him down.
Anas again showed why he is Asian No.1, with his deadly finishing to register a comfortable 4-0 win against Rizal. 

Round 2
Vikas was next against Rudy. Time & time again Vikas long flick shot trademark shots missed his mark & frustration got into his play. Rudy capitalised on this & ran out 4-0 winners.

Bernard vs Anas. Anas scored 1st but Bernard, fresh from his overseas win scored twice n kept the score at 2-1 till the final 3 minutes of full time. Nerves got to Bernard with Anas equalising with less then a minute & 1/2 to go. To add insult to injury, Bernard’s goalkeeper broke his arm hence a late substitution had to be made. With seconds left, Anas pushed for the last attack.. His attacking player got into the shooting area & with a delicate chip over the keeper, Anas scored .. final score Bernard 2 Anas 3.

Round 3
Vikas vs Anas. Again, Vikas took the game to Anas but the goalpost & some great goal keeping kept Vikas at bay. With quick precision & hard pressing Anas again came up tops & registered a 2-0 win.

Bernard vs Rizal T. Both players need victory to put pressure on the leaders & both did not disappoint. An all out assault by both players saw the score seesawing. However, Bernard took control with the 3rd & 4th goal to kill off Rizal’s attack. Final score Bernard 4 Rizal 3.

Round 4
Rudy vs Anas. Both having 100% winning squared up & within a minute of play, Rudy’s flick blunder resulted in a goal by Anas. Rudy chased the game & got the equaliser by mid game play but again Anas scored with a counter attack to take a 2-1 lead. Just before the break the score was tied 2-2 with Rudy scoring a perfect long distance flick which ball chipped over the keeper & into goal. In the 2nd half, both players went at each other but luck favoured Rudy who managed to score 2 more goals to end the score 4-2.

Vikas vs Rizal T. Both veterans played a fast paced game but Vikas shooting was more clinical hence winning 4-0.

Final Round
Rudy won 4-0 against Rizal T hence wrapping up the Oct title but his win was overshadowed by the battle of the recent overseas winners....Vikas vs Bernard. Apart from bragging rights the league final placing of 3rd & 4th were still up for grabs. Both players needed the win & both played their offensive game. Alas, Bernard outscored Vikas by 2 with Vikas scoring a late goal to end the game 2-1.

Oct Session Table
1st - Rudy - 4 wins
2nd - Anas - 3 wins
3rd - Bernard - 2 wins
4th - Vikas - 1 win
5th - Rizal

Join us again in November for TFAS league. With one more session to go & only marginal points separating the top 2 the final session could yet be the best one.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A good day of play in North Wales



London Road Subbuteo Club held a WASPA event on Sunday called the "Sychdyn Cup". It was the first WASPA regional event of the season for LRSC, just a few weeks after the successful event played with advanced rules. Local players were joined by Manchester TFC new player Ollie Beckett and a league format was played to give every players 5 games. Brian Daley ended on top of the table while Yani Kelly was runner-up. Cayne Matthews was 3rd, Dave Kelly 4th, Ruby Matthews 5th and Ollie Beckett took the 6th place but enjoyed the day and gained a lot of experience.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Subbuteo party at the Overtime Festival

 
Last Sunday the club of Macerata (Italy) organized a tournament with old rules during the "Overtime Festival", a festival for the books and sports ethics. 8 players were taking part, playing a group stage so that everyone had 7 games and then semi-finals and finals. Alberto Gagliardi defeated Mario Marcolini in the final to win the tournament. Daniele Tombolini, an international football referee, presented the trophies to the winners. Congratulations to Alberto and the Macerata boys for their great efforts to promote old rules within the WASPA circuit.

A first tournament in Nevada City

The weekend of Oct 6-8, a WASPA Promotional tournament was scheduled by the California TSC, to welcome long-time flickers to compete in an official rules competition.  Nevada City, California provided a perfect weekend for outdoor play! The competition was balanced and many matches displayed excellent skill. Varant Kurkeyerian edged out Al deKelaita for the Open title. In a U6 friendly, Leif Bloomstrand showed off his ability and is destined to be a future flicker! 

a BIG Thank you to Rob Kassis and his lovely wife, Wendy for being wonderful hosts on their beautiful property!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Gianfranco Grahonja wins in Trieste

There was another wonderful Subbuteo evening at "Trieste Trasporti" last Friday with the sixth edition of the Trieste WASPA Cup. Games were played on the four playing fields, while in the background it was possible to see the images of Italy's massive draw against Macedonia. After the group stage that decided the finalists in the very last session, a worthy final was played between Gianfranco Grahonja and Furio Segnani. Gianfranco took advantage, then Furio equalized two minutes before the end and while already paying attention to the extra-tima, Gianfranco doubled with a delightful land shot and won the cup. In third place came the unbeaten Vito Truglio, punished in the group by a draw against Dawor. Congratulations to all the participants!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Cape Town Tokai Challenge

Grant, Clinton, Angus & John
Sunday 1st October saw another fun afternoon’s play in Cape Town. As there were only four players, a round-robin format was used, with everyone playing each other twice. All agreed that playing each player twice (albeit in slightly shorter games than normal) made it more interesting.
Many thanks to Grant Lewis Physiotherapy for use of their great venue.

Grant v John 0-1 1-1
Angus v Clinton 0-1 1-2
Grant v Clinton 0-3 0-3
John v Angus 0-1 1-3
Angus v Grant 1-0 0-0
John v Clinton 2-0 1-1

Played / Won / Lost / Drawn / GF / GA / Points
Clinton 6, 4, 1, 1, 10, 4, 13
Angus 6, 3, 2, 1, 6, 4, 10
John 6, 2, 2, 2, 6, 6, 8
Grant 6, 0, 4, 2, 1, 9, 2

Friday, 6 October 2017

Flavio Riccomagno winner in Chile

Enrique López vs Fernando López

Rodrigo López, Enrique López, Fernando López, Ignacio López and Flavio Riccomagno
Last Sunday a little subbuteo tournament was held in Viña del Mar, Chile. It was a great tournament with many close games. Flavio Riccomagno took the honors with 2 wins and 2 draws in a group of 5 players. Ignacio López reported things are moving in Chile and there might be another tournament soon with more players involved.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Number 75 for Marain in the Flanders


A good field of 10 players met on Monday in Hofstade-Zemst for the second tournament this season of the SC Flanders club. Geoffrey Marain managed to win his 75th WASPA title after 4 individual victories in the Swiss ladder. Frank Lannoy was runner-up with 9 points while Vincent Coppenolle took the third place thanks to more goals scored than Geert Leys.

SC Flanders is the only active club in the North of Belgium and this season, they are competing in the national league for clubs with 9 other Belgian clubs. Best of luck to the Flemish club for the new season.

Marco Bonciani wins in Firenze

On Monday the club of Firenze (Italy) was holding a first tournament of the season with an amazing turnout of 21 players. Marco Bonciani was the champion of the night after a great final against Davide Visani. Mirko Masini and Matteo Cherici were the semi-finalists. Nicola Poggiali won the consolation tournament for places 9 to 12 and Giammarco Riccioni won the other consolation event. Thanks to the Firenze players for a great evening. Well done!

Standings of the night:
1 - winner - Marco Bonciani
2 - runner-up - Davide Visani
3 - last 4 - Mirko Masini
4 - last 4 - Matteo Cherici
5 - last 8 - Emanuele Cattani
6 - last 8 - Sergio Robertiello
7 - last 8 - Alessandro Cecchetti
8 - last 8 - Simone Faraoni
9 - winner cadetti - Nicola Poggiali
10 - runner-up cadetti - Stefano Barducci
11 - last 4 cadetti - Gabriele Casati
12 - last 4 cadetti - Riccardo Ferri
13 - winner cadetti B - Giammarco Riccioni
14 - runner-up cadetti B - Mirco Pasquini
15 - last 4 cadetti B - Luca Pini
16 - last 4 cadetti B - Marco Trevisan
17 - first round - Alessio Riccio
18 - first round - Emanuele Arrighetti
19 - first round - Tiberio Becucci
20 - first round - Ettore Serra
21 - first round - Alessandro Baigioni

Brian Daley wins Paul Lloyd North Wales Open

Brian Daley, on the right, receives his trophy from Cayne Matthews



Ruby, best U12
London Road Subbuteo Club held the "Paul Lloyd North Wales Open" on Saturday 23rd September at The Parrot, Drury, North Wales. 20 players entered this WASPA individual tournament, with players from four countries. Players from three new WASPA Top Clubs entered. Brian Daley won the Open final, defeating Martin Blanchard in the final. Malcolm Lees and Tom Burns reached the semi-finals. Congratulations to LRSC for organising such a great event. LRSC are hoping to meet some other clubs for similar tournaments in the future.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

WASPA standings of September 2017

Dear friends, you will find enclosed the monthly records of the WASPA circuit.

Excel file
Season results

This season I will send you every month a season file with the results (thanks to Mariano from Argentina for the idea) and the Excel file with rankings.

Flaming Flickers tournaments in Greece
September 2017 was a great month with 28 regional tournaments, 2 events with advanced rules and 1 tournament with old rules. The NETFA Brigantes league also came back for a new season and 3 small events.

We were very glad to see the very first tournament in Rosario (Argentina) and the very first tournament run by the Marina Citerior Subbuteo Club in the Alicante area in Spain (a place to recommend if you have some holidays over there). Australia had an impressive activity of 6 tournaments. We were also glad to see the second event in New Zealand with a very international field (including players from Colombia and India). There were many other events in many different countries but one of the tournaments deserves a special mention. The London Road event in Wales was really special as players from four different clubs (London Road from Wales, Wolverhampton from England, Glasgow from Scotland, Derry City from Northern Ireland) had a great week-end with team and individual matches in a very friendly atmosphere. That's what WASPA should always be.

Marina Citerior SC in Spain
We now have 1643 players from 47 nations in the ranking. Welcome to the two first representatives from Bulgaria!

The "Top clubs" section is now growing growing with 22 different clubs involved.

Congratulations to Rémy Huynh from Belgium who not only became FISTF world champion earlier in September but has also reach the 13th position in the WASPA ranking.

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

Palyers in brisbane, Australia
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.net

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

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

New Zealand has international flickers in Palmerston North




The was a Subbuteo tournament on September 23, 2017 in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The tournament was organized by Ignacio López who is the main organizer in the country. 8 players from 5 different nationalities (Chile, new Zealand, Colombia, Germany and... India) were taking part. In the final, it was a family affair between Ignacio López and his daughter Emilia and Ignacio won the game (1-0). Semi-finalists were representatives from "exotic" countries as Carlos Montoya from Colombia and Sunmeet Bhatia from India were on the podium. There are good hopes to see more events in the future in New Zealand and a closer collaboration with players from Australia.

Kye Arnold on top of the Kent League

Finn vs Kye

Paul vs Adrian
Kye topped the Kent League, winning 12 of the 20 scheduled nights in what was a 22 player league in the end which catered for both occasional and regular players. Kye was on form last Friday winning the final league night but the surprise player was Paul Frank topping his group before losing in the Semi-Final to Terry. Kye edged a close game with Adrian on shots to make the final where he took his early chances to win the game 3-0 and confirm his place at the top of the Kent League with a dominant season’s performance.

Thank you to all the players who came and supported the League! We will be holding regular nights still up to the end of the year however with original bases, doubles and team nights until our new league starts in January 2018.

(Report by Terry Arnold)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Paul Eyes wins in Alexandria


NoVA Union Subbuteo Club hosted the 2017 PlayHard Championship this weekend in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. It was a great day of competition and fun for all. Congratulations to Paul Eyes for winning the final against Daniel Cranston in a tight contest all the way to the final whistle. And also, congratulations to Andrew Zunino and Grant Lilly who battled each other in the barrage final ("Mary Jane Final") with Andrew winning the match.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

A very nice field in Bande



On September 28 the club of Wamme SC managed to attract a very nice field of 16 players for their first WASPA tournament of the season. The event was played in Swiss system with 4 sessions. The new FISTF Open world champion Rémy Huynh was on fire and was the winner of the day while Justin Leroy was runner-up. The tournament was a good way to prepare for the Belgian grand prix held this week-end in Eugies. Justin Leroy was the Grand prix winner! Louis on Giaux took the third place of the tournament while Loris Léonard was fourth. Congratulations to those who made it possible to have a good show in Bande.