Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Number 5 for Christophe Dheur

Dheur, on the right, at the world cup in Frameries
16 players were present last Friday in the season opening of the "Black Devils Subbuteo", a club based in the East of Belgium. There were some big names taking part besides less experienced players from Seraing and in the end, it was with no surprise Christophe Dheur claimed the honors to win his 5th WASPA title. Dheur (SC Charleroi) defeated local player Ludovic Ponthieux (Black Devils) in the final. Pascal Scheen (Stembert) and Tony Braham (Verviers-Herve) reached the semi-finals. There will be another WASPA event in the premises of the Black Devils in October but the date is still to be confirmed.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Junior Jason has great run at Panorama Festival

This past Sunday saw 11 year old, Jason Pienaar, continue his impressive recent performance at the Panorama Subbuteo Festival by making it all the way to the Final. On his impressive route he accounted for various senior players and received the plaudits from all attending players.

Although a smaller than expected crowd attended the tournament, 10 players were divided into two groups with the top 2 players qualifying for the knock-out stages.

Abraham and Greg
The final qualifying position in Group B had to be contested via a barrage game as both Greg Green and Waynne Pienaar ended with identical points and goal difference. Greg defeated Waynne in a penalty shoot-out by 3 goals to one with Greg's winning goal coming from the most acute angle and nestling in the top corner.

There was a few interested onlookers from Malawi and Zimbabwe who are keen to partake at our next tournament. Abraham Siame from Tanzania, who recently received a full Subbuteo set from a kind benefactor, showed his much improved skill by storming to two early victories to claim top spot in Group B. Clifford and Jason qualified from Group A with the only lady present, Alyssa Green showing improvement with each game.

In the semi-finals, Clifford defeated Greg and Jason upsetting form player, Abraham Siame in a tense penalty shoot-out by 3 goals to 1 and showcasing his calmness under pressure against a voiceferous Abraham.

Greg Green found his shooting form in the Third place play-off by scoring three sublime goals without reply against Abraham, who easily won the prize for the player with the most 'passion' on the day.

Jason and Clifford
The final pitted favourite Clifford against Jason who showed some deft touches way beyond his youthful age. Jason proved an extremely capable opponent, however a few defensive errors allowed Clifford to capitalize and score two unanswered goals and claim the title.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was each player enjoying pancakes and ice-cream from tournament sponsor and Clifford's vivacious spouse, Nita.
Thanks to all for attending and enjoying a festive tournament where laughs and friendship was the ultimate winner.

(Report by Clifford Graaff)

Action in Czech Republic

On September 22, David Young, Jiri Uchityl and Marco Zucchi met in a wine cellar in Prague to play some games.

It was not really a tournament, more a way to play games and to promote Subbuteo. It was a nice evening of play without pressure of competition, in particular for David who is recovering after having broken his leg a few months ago. The good news is that David is going better and playing games.

There will be more action on October 15 and, depending on numbers, this might be a WASPA tournament this time.

Well done to Czech Subbuteo Tym 2014 for their efforts of promotion.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Brisbane Subbuteo Club 19th League Cup

The players
This week-end’s tournament had some of the newcomers returning to improve their games, and pitting themselves against BSC regulars. The competition was a league format; everyone played each other once, with semis and final to round off the day.
Player of the day award must go to Andy Rigden, who has really improved his game, no longer chaotic and erratic; Andy has adopted a more measured strategy which saw him almost to the final of last month’s tournament, and pushing Rik all the way for the league top spot this time around.
The table saw Rik at the top, Andy a very close 2nd, Giuseppe 3rd, and Gus making it into 4th.
Giuseppe is the winner
Gus and Andy were both guilty of own goal gaffes, Andy timing his to perfection in a semi-final showdown with Giuseppe, which condemned him to 3rd place playoff, in which he and Gus settled for a 3-3 draw.
So the final was again played out by Rik and Giuseppe, a tough battle, good quality game saw Rik go 2-0, but Giuseppe changed to all out attack to rescue the game, and was rewarded by 2 goals as a result. Extra time couldn’t separate them, so penalty kicks determined the winner, which Giuseppe took 2-0.
It was great to have Derek returning to the game after many years in the wilderness, he showed that he still has a ‘subbuteo brain’. Gareth and Will are going in the right direction, and playing regularly will help their development. Shane did well with 5 draws and a good defensive performance, and Gus battled to recover from a disastrous spillage of his bottle of polish!
Giuseppe as always, hosted a tremendous day for the guys, our members showed friendly rivalry, and courteous sportsmanship in equal measures, which makes BSC a great place to come and take part.

The next BSC dates are:
29/10/2016 at Woody Point
19/11/2016 at Woody Point
17/12/2016 at Woody Point
and the "WASPA Anniversary Club Cup" on 28/01/2017....

(Report by Brisbane SC)

David Busch with no surprise

On 20th of September we had the first training in our new club room and we decided to play a WASPA tournament after a long break. 7 players attended, with Andras Hicz from Budapest Subbuteo (Hungary) and with David Busch from San Remo a bronze medalist of Frameries. We had 5 sessions in Swiss System. It was no surprise that David took the honors, behind him every thing was close like every time.

We hope to have interested players for a WASPA tournament in october, below you can find the ranking of the evening:

1. David Busch/San Remo
2. Thomas Bergholz/TFKN Dragons
3. Mathias Eppensteiner/TFKN Dragons
4. Lukas Eppensteiner/TFKN Dragons
5. Roland Schwacha/TFKN Dragons
6. Thomas Eppensteiner/TFKN Dragons
7. Andras Hicz/Budapest Subbuteo

Friday, 23 September 2016

Gareth Christie on top of the Scottish Circuit

Fourteen players gathered at David Lloyds in Dundee to contest the first of four national championship events and it was superb.

Here is a rundown of the day with some facts and figures.
The day got underway with the draw ,a very exciting moment as all the players gathered and waited to find their fate!

Round 1
got underway and it pitched up a first ever matchup for the two latest recruits to the game as DUTFC's Dave Minty and John Mathieson of Glasgow TFA. To be fair to Dave this was his first ever competative game while John has been a regular at the Glasgow club for a while now, the experience showed and John won it 5-0, fair play to Dave as he didnt let it dampen his day.
There was a battle between Dave Baxter and Greg Dand and it was Dave who took the lead but conceded a late equaliser as Greg scrambled it back for a draw, a very good result for Dave.
Meanwhile the ever improving Craig Thom lost narrowly 1-0 to Baver Bari whilst Glasgow's John Halpin and Dave Gladman shared the points in a 1-1 draw.

Round 2 
saw a real firecracker between Malcolm Lees and Tom Burns, at one point Tom was 3-1 up but the open style of play by both players meant that there was always goals in this one and Malcolm grabbed another two goals to tie the game at 3-3. The battle of Rannoch was eventually won by Rob Conway who beat Andy Beskaby 1-0 with a goal late in the second half, Mr Conway getting the better of his neighbour this time.
Greg Dand got himself back into winning ways with a 4-0 win over Baver bari, Baver competing well and a very creditable result for him.
It was a tough loss for Craig Thom as he went down 5-0 to Dave Baxter who was obviously on a role after his earlier draw with Greg.

Round 3
enter the current Scottish Champion Gareth Christie put an end to Andy Beskaby's hopes with an impressive 3-1 win, this was to be one of only two goals that Gareth conceded all day and that was curtains for Andy.
Then there was a piece of history created, Tom Burns finally beat Steve Bennett, this was coming as games lately have been closer and closer and Tom got the ten year old monkey off his back with a fine 2-1 win.
There was a GTSA battle as John Halpin found his shooting boots and dispatched John Mathieson 4-0 whilst Dave Minty lost 4-0 to the experienced Dave Gladman.

Round 4
saw Dave Baxter qualify from his group with an impressive 3-1 win over Baver Bari, Greg Dand was in full flow as he took no pity on Craig Thom and fired in seven without reply.
In a battle for top spot in group 1 and the bragging rights, there was a 2-1 victory for Gareth Christie over Rob Conway, Rob getting closer!
After Steve Bennett's loss to Tom Burns he was facing elimination as he went into the final group game against Malcolm Lees, Malcolm only needed a draw to qualify but crumbled 6-0 and went out.

Round 5 
only saw two games to complete the group stages, John Halpin fired seven past Dave Minty without reply and a superb result for John Mathieson as he drew 1-1 with Dave Gladman, a great result for John!

and down to the the serious knockout stages, and with the new random draw system implied by the STFA this season it has paid off as we see some new faces in the latter stages of a tournament.
Gareth Christie saw off any challenge from Dave Gladman with a convincing 4-0 victory. Gareth in control of this one and did a real professional job.
Tom Burns did likewise as he repeated that same scoreline over David Baxter but Dave will be kicking himself after all the hard work he put in in the group stages.
Next up was a real cagey affair between John Halpin and Rob Conway and this is one that Conway will want to forget, one goal up at half time and cruising with nothing coming from Halpin at all in the first half and this really was one of those games where you didnt expect it to end the way that it did. In the second half John began to apply a little bit more pressure and scored a brilliant equaliser which rocked Conway and put him off his stride and with only minutes remaining it was John who squeezed one in under the keeper, Conway Robbed!
The last quarter final was worthy of being a final as Dand and Bennett went at each other with real determination, a real end to end match with Steve opening the scoring and Greg replying soon after, Steve took the lead again and Greg fired another one past Steve. The match was on a knife edge and with two minutes remaining Steve got the winner, this thriller was won 3-2.

with Dundee United's Christie v Bennett and Glasgow's Burns v Halpin.
You couldn't get two games with as much rivalry as these and nobody wants to lose but as with all games someone has too.
Gareth Christie saw off Steve Bennett with a 2-0 victory in a quite hectic affair, Steve squandering plenty of chances whilst Gareth efficiently took two of his and dumped Steve out of the tournament.
Meanwhile on the other pitch it was Tom Burns who eased his way into the final with a convincing 3-0 win over John, was this to be Tom's day?

The Final
The final match between Gareth Christie and Tom Burns
got underway with Tom's hopes high with the chance of a tournament victory only thirty minutes or so away but there was one snag, Gareth Christie!
A fairly even game for the most part but it was Gareth who fired in a long range effort after ten minutes to take a 1-0 lead into half time.
The second half got underway with all to play for.
Tom starting to get a bit more pressure on Gareth's goal but couldn't find the target, hitting the goal frame a couple of times but it just wouldn't go in and with five minutes remaining Gareth rounded off an emphatic day by scoring a second.

The final score
Gareth Christie 2-0 Tom Burns

3rd/4th Playoff
John Halpin 1-5 Steve Bennett

(Report by Steve Bennett)

Thursday, 22 September 2016

First victory for Joseph Agius in Attard

Attard Subbuteo Club was back in action last week-end with the grand finals of their latest tournament. 12 players were taking part and this time, the final was all between novice players as Joseph Agius defeated Nicolai Bugeja to claim the trophy (3-2). Zven Zahra wons the game for the third place against Rooney Agius.

Monday, 19 September 2016

SSISA Tournament in Cape Town

Cape Town City SC - SSISA Tournament 18 September 2016

Cape Town City SC achieved an important milestone for this tournament, in for the first time having more junior than senior competitors. We will keep trying to grow this part of the club, and will institute a junior section for the Cape Town Championship in 2017.

For now though, we look forward to hosting the South African Championships on 20th November… :)

Open final Standings
Clinton 13
John 12
Dave 05
Grant 04

Junior semi-finals:
Rafael vs Thomas 3 - 0
Tarek vs Andy 1 - 1 (penalties 6 - 4)

Final: Tarek vs Rafael 1 - 0

Western Flickers Melbourne 6th WASPA – Clash of the Presidents!

Reported by Benny Ng (Melbourne, Australia)

Western Flickers was formed to cater for players living on the north/west side of Melbourne and provide more opportunities to play the wonderful game of Subbuteo table football.
If you are reading this and new to Subbuteo table football, watch this video for a brief introduction to the game.

Western Flickers Invades the East!

In the lead up to the Australian Open 2016 FISTF tournament, Western Flickers TFC travelled to faraway Melbourne’s east and organised a WASPA tournament (15/9/2016) to provide much needed practice before the big event. It was also a great opportunity test out the impressive venue – Zagame’s Caulfield – and iron out any setup issues.
It was a small but high quality field of players consisting of local table football royalty.
Luke Radzminski – President of Melbourne Table Football Club (MTFC)
Steve Dettre – President of Australian Table Football Association (ATFA)
Benny Ng – President of the Western Flickers Table Football Club (WTFTFC)
Beth Everleigh – President of the Victorian Women’s Table Football Players Association
Kevin Grant – President of the Victorian Regional Table Football Players Association

It was a simple round robin tournament with close matches all round. Beth and Kevin showed continued improvement again, keeping their match scores very respectable indeed. Beth in particular showed great dedication turning up even though she was ill. And she still managed to get a solid win over Kevin to score bragging right. Consistent with WASPA rankings though, it turned out to be a 3 way tussle for the title between Steve, Luke and Benny.
Nothing split Steve and Benny in the opening tie which was a tight 1-1 draw. Luke just managed to pip Steve (who was visibly tired after a flight from Sydney) by a single goal. This meant that Benny had to beat Luke in order to win the tournament; something he has not been able to achieve for over a year!
It was an exciting game as usual, but Benny managed to score a couple of quick attack goals to take a commanding lead. Luke never gave up and fought hard to get an unlikely comeback. But Benny managed to hold off the onslaught to get a rare win over arch-rival president Luke and secure the title.

Most importantly, it was a fun night by all with delicious snacks & drinks in a cool venue. Another successful WTF gathering and a great lead-up to the Australian Open. Special thanks to the Zagame’s Caulfield venue and Masita Sportswear (the AO sponsors who was also in attendance).

Final placings:
1.       Benny Ng
2.       Luke Radzminski
3.       Steve Dettre
4.       Beth Everleigh
5.       Kevin Grant

It was fun but now it’s time for the Western Flickers to return to Melbourne’s beautiful West.
Veni, Vidi, Vici.

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 ( or send an email to

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Anas wins the Jurong Central September tournament

The Jurong Central Subbuteo Club had its monthly WASPA once again on 17th September. Nine players who participated in the tournament were drawn into 3 groups of 3. The top players from each group would proceed to another round robin in the Cup group. The 2nd from each group would proceed to the Plates group, and the remaining players would proceed to the Bowl group. Anas topped the Cup group with tight games, and edging out on goal difference. The winners of the Plate and Bowl are Nic and Fauzi Respectively.