Sunday, 4 December 2016

Historic moments in New Zealand

Some of the players. At that time several players had left.
Robert Southward (from New Zealand) and Emilia López (from Chile) playing the final

The winners with their prices
WASPA had another historic moment this week-end with the very first tournament organized in Palmerston North, New Zealand. It was another exciting tournament organized by Ignacio López Campbell who used to be the historic organizer of Subbuteo tournaments in Chile before he moved to News Zealand. There were 16 players taking part and several nationalities were represented as there were 6 players from New Zealand, 6 from Chile, 1 from Germany, 1 from Colombia but more surprisingly also 1 from Mexico and 1 from India, which means two more nations will be involved in the next rankings. After the first round, the final was played between Robert Southward (using England) and Emilia López (using Holland). The game finished 0 x 0, so was the extra time. Thus first and second place was decided by penalty kicks. Robert Southward (from New Zealand) was the winner. The people really enjoyed playing subbuteo so there are great hopes to have more tournaments in Palmerston North in the future! Huge thanks to Ignacio López Campbell for making things possible!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Monthly report of the WASPA circuit - November 2016

Dear all, like every month, here are the monthly standings of the WASPA circuit.

The Excel file (fulle rankings, main statistics)
The PDF file (results, statistics, ranking)

It has been a very busy month as I have added records of 35 tournaments (33 "regional", 1 "old rules", 1 "national cup")

Derry City TFC in Northern Ireland had their first tournament
Four clubs have organized their very first WASPA event:
- London Road SC (WAL)
- SC Temploux (BEL)
- VGE Subbuteo Szombathely (HUN)
- Derry City TFC (NIR)

Tournament played with the old rules in Macerata, Italy
We have already had tournaments in 19 different countries since the beginning of the season and we have more events in the agenda scheduled in New Zealand, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

Please note in the "Golden book" some results might not appear in the right order, sorry for that. We have added a tournament played in October in the US in November we have had great improvements and some superb events.

Junior players at the National Championships in Cape Town, South Africa
For the first time South Africa had a National Cup under WASPA banner and it is fantastic to see that players from Pretoria and Johannesburg travelled to Cape Town for the event. There was an impressive field of 26 entries, which is awesome.

There were small and big events but it was always something special for the players taking part. It as also great to see some nations having a revival like Northern Ireland, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, Canada and Hungary.

Players in Melbourne, Australia
Belgium, England and Australia have regular tournaments in several different clubs and that's also very positive.

10 clubs have joined the "top clubs" project and we have three pending applications.

Well, that's all for now. I hope you will love the statistics, results and rankings.

Group picture in Pireaus, Greece
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 directly to my Facebook account or on my private e-mail.

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

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

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Western Flickers Goes North... Way North!

Western Flickers Goes North... Way North!

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On a beautiful Melbourne spring day, the Western Flickers family headed up north to the little town of Willowmavin (about 1.5 hours north of Melbourne CBD).
Thus far, all the table football events have been held in metropolitan Melbourne. However, community engagement and promotion of the game in regional Victoria is very much part of the long term development roadmap for Western Flickers TFC.
Despite the long trek, there was a great turnout of 8 flickers in the Open category and 3 kids in the Junior category. There were also a few non-players – like locally renowned Subbuteo memorabilia collector Paul Hindmarsh – who came to watch the exciting games and join the social activities.

Junior category
With a number of junior players unable to attend, it meant that Benjamin and the Briffa boys – Harrison and Alex – would compete for honours in a short simple single-leg round robin format.
Both Harrison and Benjamin won their match against Alex by an identical score line, which meant that the final match between the two would decide the winner. It was a tight match where gilt-edged chances fell to both players. On the day, Benjamin’s clinical finishing was the difference and he emerged victorious. The final score was 2-0 though it did not reflect the close balance of play.
Of special note is that the games were played with 2 x 15 minute halves, as opposed to the usual 10 minute halves. With the three juniors possibly competing at the Australian Grand Prix 2017 event in Sydney early next year, this was a good introduction (or refresher in Benjamin’s case) to the longer format.

Benjamin Ng vs Harrison Briffa in the Junior category decider
Open category
The 8 players in the Open category were split evenly into 2 groups, with the top 2 WASPA ranked players – Benny Ng and Benji Batten – spread across the groups. The rest were allocated randomly with the draw broadcast on Facebook Live. You can watch a repeat of the live broadcast draw video on the Western Flickers Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/WesternFlickers/).

Group stages
The group results went pretty much as the rankings indicated.
In Group 1, Benji steamrolled through the opposition scoring big wins. On the other hand, Christos just managed to scrape through to the next round on a slightly better goal difference over the senior Briffa (Simon).
All systems are go!
It was a much closer affair in Group 2 where former WASPA tournament winner David Simpson made an eagerly anticipated return to the sport after over a years’ absence. Despite being away for so long, he showed no signs of rustiness and held tournament top seed Benny to a goalless draw. With both David and Benny winning their remaining matches, it was to come down to goal difference. Thanks to Kevin’s masterful defending in his tie with David that kept the score down, Benny edged through to the semi-finals in group top position thus avoiding an early showdown with Benji in Group 1.

Final stages
Benny and Benji in action during the grand final
The semi-finals were all extremely close affairs. Benny defeated Christos is a tightly contested match 2-1, while Benji only got past David Simpson via a penalty shootout.
It was no different in the grand final with not much between the players. Both players managed to break through the opposing defence with some magnificent goals, but it was tied 2-2 at full time. A penalty shootout ensued and Benny emerged victorious, continuing on his recent run of good form to complete a hat-trick of WASPA titles in a row.

Tournament category winners Benny and Benjamin



Conclusion
Thanks to all who attended for helping to make it another extremely successful Western Flickers WASPA event. Everyone had loads of fun playing the beautiful game and also enjoyed the camaraderie and food during the following BBQ. Table football was indeed the winner.

GO WEST!


The final Open category standings are:
1. Benny Ng
2. Benji Batten
3. Christos Garagounis
4. David Simpson
5. Simon Briffa
6. Chris Hirst
7. Kevin Grant
8. Tim Kee

The final Junior category standings are:
1. Benjamin Ng
2. Harrison Briffa
3. Alex Briffa

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 (https://www.facebook.com/WesternFlickers/) and send us a message.

Marco Bonciani reigns in Firenze

On Monday evening the club of Firenze in Italy was holding a great WASPA tournament with 15 players taking part. After the group stage, two knock-out events were played. For the big win, Marco Bonciani took the honors after defeating Mirco Pasquini. Sergio Robertilello and Mirco Masini reached the semis. Riccardo Ferri won the consolation tournament. Congratulations to all the players involved!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Mcnulty prevails in Perth

On Sunday the 20th November we hosted a tournament to welcome and flick with one of the lads from Jurrong  Central in the warm, funny and mecurial Irwin Iskandar. On a warm 30dc day in the Avon Valley we played a league format with 5 players in one game against each other and a Play Off knockout format for the finals. Here are the full standings and results.

Players: Ross Mcnulty, Hugh Best, Irwan Iskandar, Chris Thorn, John Harty

Final League positions:
Mcnulty 12
Iskandar 7
Thorn 7
Harty 6
Best 0

Knock out results:

4th V 5th
1 Harty
1 Best
1-1(after extra time) (Harty wins on penalties)

2nd V 3rd
0 Iskandar
0 Thorn
0-0(after extra time) (Iskandar wins on penalties)

1st V 4th
0 Mcnulty
0 Harty
0-0(after extra time) (Mcnulty wins on penalties)

3rd & 4th Play off
0 Harty
0 Thorn
0-0(after extra time) (Thorn wins on penalties)

Grand final
1st V 2nd
2 Mcnulty
0 Iskandar

Next Pretoria event on December 10


Monday, 28 November 2016

Kye Arnold on-form in Kent


Kent Invicta had a WASPA night on Friday with 8 players taking part. Kye Arnold was the player on-form with some good results to win the Kent WASPA night with a 3-0 final victory over Rhys Williams. Louis Singh and Finn Taylor were the losing semi-finalists as the 8 player field enjoyed some great games in the tournament.

In addition, the players looked smart in their new Kent Invicta kits, sponsored by robotsoflondon.co.uk and kitmania.co.uk !

Final placings

1. Kye Arnold
2. Rhys Williams
3. Finn Taylor
4. Louis Singh
5. Paul Frank
6. Josh Foreman
7. Terry Arnold
8. Simon Keane

Alberto Gagliardi still on top in Macerata



 
Last Friday it was good to see some action in Macerata (Italy) where the local club was organizing a tournament with the old rules. 12 players were attending and there were many games for everyone. In the end, Alberto Gagliardi defeated Rocco Iarlori in the final to claim the title. Paolo Guidara won the game for the third place against Mario Marcolini. The games were played in the local games shop and everyone had a good time. Well done!

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Nigel Lamond wins his first WASPA CUP title in North Shields

Shock waves rumbled down Trinity Street last night as Nigel Lamond picked up his first WASPA title.  Maybe not as shocking as the language used by the drunken lady who invaded the venue before flick-off!  She was quickly dispatched by taxi to another part of Shields and with the swear box bulging, the action began...

The opener between Andy and Dave was another tight affair.  The pace was hot from the off which resulted in frequent changes in possession and a lot of huffing and puffing.  After half time Andy started to take control and scored a real cracker that looped into the top right hand corner. Despite working hard, Dave could not find that recent good form and Andy edged it 1 - 0.
Dave played Nigel in game 2.  From the off it was apparent that Nigel meant business.  He kept his defence well organized, kept good possession, created good chances, passed well, flicked well and was cool with his finishing. Dave just could not find that touch and was frustrated by Nigel's possession play. 2 - 0 to Nigel.
The decider between Nigel and Andy was a great game.  Both players really went for it but never lost their shape.  Some aggressive attacking play from Andy, thwarted once again by Nigel's cool possession play and some great flicking all around the pitch.  Both players had chances to win this game but it was Nigel who took advantage of a defensive error to slot home.  Andy really pressed hard for the last few minutes but couldn't find that final pass he needed.  1 - 0 to Nigel.

Another great little tournament in Shields. Thanks to Chris Kaberry for refereeing and Andy Mill for his hospitality.  Well done lads!

Friday, 25 November 2016

Second stage of the Scottish circuit for Bennett

STFA Circuit 2.4, Sunday 20 November 2016.

Sunday 20 November 2016 and it is freezing outside as players converge on Glasgow to compete at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.

A few notable absentees on the day but that didn't affect the players who did make it!
Group 1: Gareth Christie, Rob Conway and John Halpin.
Group 2: Steve Bennett, Dave Baxter and Baver Bari.
Group 3: Malcolm Lees, Andy Beskaby and Tom Burns.
Group 4: Colin Berry, John Mathieson, Craig Thom and Dave Minty.

Group 1 
opener was Christie v Conway and this was an unbelievable game!
Conway hustled and harried Christie throughout this game and made life extremely tough for his opponent, so much so he took the lead early in the second half, a lightning strike to stun Gareth.
Christie was finding things tough going, we are beginning to see a resurgence with Conway's game of late but Christie dug in deep and got a foothold in the match and started to put pressure on and it paid off midway through the second half with a well worked deflection shot from the corner of the shooting area and over the keeper into the far corner.
The game ended 1-1 and heartbreak for Conway.
John Halpin and Rob Conway fought out a tough 1-1 draw, in the end it was probably a fair result given the past history between these two. The draw turning out to be beneficial to Conway.
The final game of the group saw Halpin giving Christie a real run for his money and this one ended with a bit of a disagreement between Halpin and the referee, but to no avail and it ended Christie 2-0 Halpin.
Christie in top spot with Conway's two draws gaining him second spot, Halpin aggrieved at finishing third in the group!

Group 2
pitched Steve Bennett starting off his day against Baver Bari. This final score line should have been a lot different if Baver had scored his two early chances which saw Bennett a bit lax in defence. Bennett eventually woke up and scored all four of his first four attacks, the game ended rather one sided at 8-0.
Next game was Baxter v Bari and a wee shock in store for the Dundonian as he conceded all three of Bari's efforts and lost it 3-2.
Dave's next game was against fellow Dundonian, Bennett.
As far as recent games have gone between these two it was another tight battle only to be won 3-1 by Steve, a brilliant consolation goal scored by Dave late in the second half.
Congratulations to Baver on finishing second in the group!

Group 3
was clearly the group of death, but for who!
As it turns out it was for Andy Beskaby as he lost his opener 3-1 to Malcolm Lees who would later appear in the final and a 2-0 loss to Tom Burns would see Andy not progressing from the group which is uncharacteristic for Beskaby!
Honours for top spot were won by Malcolm Lees in a tight and challenging 2-1 victory over fellow GTSA player, Tom Burns, a result that clearly was one that Tom wanted to win!

Group 4
was surely going to be Colin Berry's come the end of his three games and he didn't disappoint.
In the GTSA derby he got the better of Mathieson albeit by a solitary goal in a 1-0, Mathieson improving all the time.
The DUTFC derby between Craig and Dave saw Craig victorious in a 2-1 opener.
Thom failed to keep the winning formula as he went down 1-0 to Mathieson and after another close battle he went down 1-0 to Berry, this result securing a 9 point total for Berry!
Dave Minty playing in only his second STFA event lost 4-0 to Berry and 2-0 to Mathieson, not a bad start for the new player!

The Quarter Finals
saw Christie edge out Burns 2-1 in a very hard fought game, one that Tom felt aggrieved not to have drawn level at half time only to lose out by a second as the ball crossed the line after the whistle.
Steve Bennett had it fairly easy as he racked up a 7-0 against John Mathieson, that said John certainly improving!
Probably the most enthralling game in this round was Conway v Lees as this one ended up at 1-1 after extra time and saw Lees go behind on shots only to recover and win on shots 2-1.
In the remaining match it was Colin Berry who overcame a brave battle against Baver Bari with a 3-2 victory, a great performance by Baver seeing him run his clubmate close!

Semi Finals
and Malcolm Lees made short work of Colin Berry with a thumping 7-0 victory to take him into the final but against whom, Christie or Bennett?
This second semi final was as close as these two have played out a game in recent times but this one was a defensive and midfield battle for supremacy!
There weren't many attempts at all on either players goals such was the defending, but a well placed strike midway through the first half was it, a final score of 1-0, tight again!

The Final
and Malcolm Lees is thirty minutes from his first circuit victory!
The first half was fairly tight with both players going end to end and Steve's defence a pale shadow of the way he played in the semi final but he went in at half time with a deflected goal over the keeper.
The second half was however a more polished half by both players but perseverance paid off for Steve as he scored another two before Malcolm gifted a fourth by losing it with his spare keeper, Steve finished that with one touch but near the end Malcolm got on the scoreboard with a cracking goal but in the end it was not enough.
Result: Bennett 4-1 Lees