Friday, 2 February 2018

WASPA report of January 2018

Dear all, here are the standings of the WASPA circuit at the end of January.

We have had 34 regional events, 1 tournament with advanced rules and 3 promotional events added in the records but also 6 stages of the NETFA Brigantes mini-leagues and 3 test-matches.

Maybe some results didn't arrive in due time and will be added next month. For sure the latest Brisbane results will be added in the next edition of the standings.

January was great with a lot of action and a new record of 448 individual entries in tournaments (the average was 277 per month last season).

Great turnouts in Greece
We are extremely glad to see some nations doing a lot of work to promote the WASPA circuit. Belgium had 9 events, Australia 6 and Wales 6.
It was fantastic to see the first WASPA events in Valencia (Spain), Berlin (Germany) and also the first event of "Live Subbuteo" in Greece with streaming during the tournament so that viewers from around the world could follow what happened.
The club of Knighton in Wales made a fantastic debut with three different tournament including a special event with 23 players.
It was nice to see the Netherlands organizing a fantastic event in Hoogezand and the club of GSV de Hyacinth deserves a lot of respect for what they have done.
We were glad to see TSC Royal 78 (Austria), Volos (Greece) back in the circuit.
Tournaments in Greece had great tournaments with up to 32 players, which is awesome.
Australia had a wonderful long week-end with the Asian Cup being one of the best tournaments in the World including several WASPA tournament before and after the main event and it was exciting to see competitors from Singapore, Italy, Japan and Hong Kong being part of the show.
We have also been very happy to see three WASPA events held during the FISTF Major of Rochefort with good turnouts of 16, 16 and 21 players involved.

TSC Royal was back in action
We have now 1567 players from 47 different nations involved in the rankings. That's a bit less than last month but it is good to see that many players play more and more often in WASPA events, which is a proof they are satisfied with our philosophy.

For the very first time, Benny Ng (Australia) is the leader of the individual season ranking and Anas bin Rahamat from Singapore is very close in second position.
In the rankings of nations, Belgium is still on top but the gap with Singapore is getting smaller and there might be a change of leader in the next few months.
The ranking of top clubs is also very exciting to follow with the Flaming Flickers from Greece taking the first place but Jurong Central (Singapore), London Road SC (Wales) and the Western Flickers (Australia) will certainly fight to reach the top till the end of the season.

French player Olivier Sagit won a WASPA event in Rochefort (here with organizer Titi Giaux)
The "top clubs" rankings seems to be a bit complicated to understand but all details are in the WASPA handbook and if you believe your club deserves to become a "top club", don't hesitate to send a message to vincent.cop@rsca.com

Well, you will find the details about the circuit in the attached files:
- the season results (PDF);
- the rankings and statistics (Excel).

Mark McCrossan won the New year Cup in Derry, Northern Ireland
My apologies for the delays to update the blog (due to technical problems with my personal computer). Maybe some stories are missing and some details are not updated in the list of forthcoming events. If you see missing information or news, just send a message to vincent.cop@rsca.com

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

Benny Ng won in Melbourne and becomes number 1 in the season ranking
Keep an eye on the WASPA blog as there are updates almost every day.

Please invite your friends to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/waspasubbuteo/
We also have a WASPA page here: https://www.facebook.com/WASPA-World-Amateur-Subbuteo-Players-Association-231789816834700/

A nice venue for Dundee United in Scotland
Keep in mind 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, to get new clubs/nations involved or to make things more attractive are always welcome. We stay at your disposal for more info.

Yours sincerely,
Vincent Coppenolle