Friday, 26 August 2016

Poster of the fortchoming event in Pretoria


WASPA stickers are available

500 brand new WASPA stickers have just been printed. If you are interested to get some of them, please drop a line to vincent.cop@rsca.com

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The summer cup for Geoffrey Marain


Last night 7 players attended the last tournament of the season in Templeuve. Geoffrey Marain had no problem to win another final against Vincent Coppenolle while Renald Deloose, who was back after a break of a few months, and Matthias Averlant, made it to the semis. The next tournament in Templeuve will be on September 1 at 6.30 with the visit of the US national team.

Christian Filippella is the new US champion


In the first week-end of August, Maryland was the center of American Subbuteo as the National was organized by Paul Eyes and Maryland Subbuteo club in a nice venue in Ellicott City. 23 players from all over the US were taking part. Christian Filippella, who is based in California, won the final against Daniel Cranston. Paul O'Donovan Rossa and Michael Tillman reached the semis. Gregg Deinhart from Virginia won the consolation tournament but also the veterans title after a close final against Dario Passadore (Florida). Grant Lilly was the U19 champion. The event also gave some WASPA points for the competitors. 8 players from the USA will be present in Belgium to play the FISTF World Cup on September 3 and 4. They will have training sessions in Eugies on August 31 (friendly team event) and in Templeuve on September 1 (WASPA tournament). We wish them good luck for their trip in Europe.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Giuseppe Tardiota wins again in Brisbane


Six players contested the last of our winter tournaments here in the beuatiful weather of South East Queensland.The first round saw our WASPA high flyers Rik and Giuseppe make convincing wins 4-1 and 3-1 respectively. Andy R the other winner, with another comfortable win 3-0.Rik and Giuseppe went on to repeat those same scorelines in the next round, talk about consistency ! And funny enough, the other score was a 3-0 to Gus.
Something had to change, and it did in the 3rd round. Shane got his first win and the big boys played each other, Rik coming out on top beating Giuseppe 3-1.
Round four produced our first draws of the day. Shane doing really well to grab a point from Giuseppe with a 2-2 and Gus twice coming back from Riks' goals, to take a lead and then see Rik equalise. In the other game, Andy R found his shooting boots to put 6 past Gareth who managed 1 in reply.
In the last round Giuseppe and Gus sealed 2nd and 3rd spots with the exact same points and goal difference. Despite Andy R beating Rik 2-1, Rik finished top on goal difference, Andy R securing 4th spot.
So into the semi finals, and with less than 2 minutes remaining both games were 0-0. That was until Gus gave Giuseppe a penalty with a blocking flick striking a moving ball in the area. Gus guessed the right way but Giuseppe's penalty was struck too well. And so, after 30 mins, Giuseppe was through but the game between Rik and Andy R was to head into extra time. A tense 10 minutes flew past and we still had a goaless stalemate. So shots it was, and remarkably both players scored their first three shots each. Then Andy missed, after Rik had scored his fourth. Rik  missed his last shot but Andy couldn't score to level it. So our top rankers were facing each other in the final.
In the 3rd 4th play off, Andy R started the better piling on the pressure. Finally Gus managed to string a few passes together and it resulted with a goal, very much against the run of play. It was a close game, both players fairly relaxed as it was only for 3rd, however the will to win was not missing. Gus stepped his game up and score a couple of goals on the move to take a 3-0 lead. Andy R though wasn't done, and charged through with a very impressive goal late on so the game finished 3-1.
The final was the usual tense tight affair, with neither player giving much away. Giuseppe was probably edging the game and this was to pay off when he got on the score sheet first. Rik grew into the game but Giuseppe doubled his lead. Soon after Rik finally got a goal back. However, the stubborn Italian defense was not to be breached again, and so it ended up 2-1 to Giuseppe. Currently ranked 13 in the WASPA rankings, this could see him break top 10.
It was a great competition, Gareth is starting to get his tactics together, Shane is finding the net, and  getting points, Andy and Gus chased the favourites down to the wire. We played on Giuseppe's two new Exrtreme Works pitches, on great true boards from Rik, and they were truly awesome. Good to see Derek Hovell come for a look, a flicker from yesteryear who will be joining the fold soon. A big thanks to Giuseppe for being the great host as always, and we look forward to next months tournament on the 24th of September.

(Report by Brisbane SC)

Monday, 22 August 2016

Geoffrey Marain wins in Quévy

The club of Quévy (Belgium) had a WASPA tournament last friday with a good turnout of 8 players including several French guys. Geoffrey marain ended on top of the group of 8 and took a deserved title. Jean-Marc Matha was runner-up whil Alain Flament was 3rd. Stéphane Lambert, Hervé Lessigne, Michel Einsle, Bruno Ledoux and Philippe Ledoux were the other players taking part.

Eliot Kennedy takes the honors in Chastwood

Eliot Kennedy (left) and Adrian Elmer (right) do battle at front, while Herman Kruse Mat Barrie (with cap) are a picture of concentration in their 1 – 1 draw
WASPA Tournament: Northern Falcons, Good Games Chatswood, 17 August 2016
As the Sydney Subbuteo scene slowly awakes from its winter hibernation, four players made their way to Good Games Chatswood for an evening of friendly flicking.  The regular Northern Falcons evening was just what the doctor ordered as players seek to get back into some flicking rhythm with the Sydney Spring League beckoning.
Adrian Elmer and Mat Barrie from Subbuteo Parramatta joined Hermann Kruse and Eliot Kennedy for a round robin competition of short (20 minute) games.  Eliot and Mat kicked off, with Eliot easing to a 1 – 0 win, unable to turn possession into goals thanks to some good defending and great keeping by Mat, who had several opportunities to grab an equaliser on the break.  On the other table, Adrian struck some good form to dispatch Hermann 3 – 0 in the most decisive score of the evening.  Adrian and Eliot (pictured below) then played a tight match, with Eliot again tending to dominate possession but only able to convert once.  Adrian played confidently and had his chances too and could easily have evened things up.  Meanwhile, Mat and Hermann battled to a 1 – 1 draw.  In the final round, Hermann very nearly kept Eliot out with some great keeping, withstanding something of a bombardment to go down 1 – 0, and Arian and Mat played a typically tight match, with Adrian grabbing the honours 1 – 0.
In the end, Eliot just came out on top with three narrow wins, with Adrian second on six points and Mat and Hermann both on one point but Mat pipping Hermann on goal difference.  But the main result of the night was the chance to get some much needed match practice before the Spring League and the Australia Open next month in Melbourne.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

The Altona Cup 206 for Carl Young

Western Flickers Melbourne 5th WASPA – the Altona Cup! (20 Aug 2016)
Reported by Benny Ng (Melbourne, Australia)

Western Flickers Melbourne 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 (https://youtu.be/2GwgHF8IrXQ) for a brief introduction to the game.

Western Flickers hosted the 3rd edition of the annual Altona Cup (which is also WTF’s 5th WASPA event). This is one of the biggest events on the Melbourne table football calendar and has sentimental significance to many local players. As a community and social focused event, many of the current players have either been first exposed to Subbuteo or re-engaged with the game via this event.
For the Altona Cup 2016, we had a great turnout of 10 adults and 6 kids taking part in the Open and Junior categories respectively – making it the biggest table football tournament in Melbourne this year by far!

Junior category
Junior “veterans” Benjamin Ng and Aidan Deverall were the pre-tournament favourites with the Briffa Boys – Harrison and Alex – being dark horses after impressive showings in the social Friday Flick sessions. They were joined by Charlie in only his second Subbuteo outing and newcomer Charlotte in her very first tournament.
The category was run as a simple round-robin ladder giving everyone lots of game time and an opportunity to play each other.
It turned out to be Benjamin’s day. He was in top form and comfortably took out the Junior championship undefeated. In a minor upset, Harrison just pipped Aidan for the runners-up spot with a big thanks to his brother Alex who managed to hold Aidan to a draw.
Charlotte impressed everyone with some very good flicking on her debut, and Charlie also showed great improvement since his last outing in March.
Most importantly, all the kids had great fun and loving the game. It’s great to see the Junior scene at Western Flickers developing well.

Open category
The 10 players in the Open category were split into 3 groups. The top 3 WASPA ranked players – Carl, Luke and Benny – were spread across the groups and the rest randomly allocated.
Group A – Carl Young, Simon Briffa, Chris Hirst
Group B – Luke Radzminski, Choon Lee, Adam Deverall, Kevin Grant
Group C – Benny Ng, Christos Garagounis, Fauzi Rahmen

Group stages
In Group A, Carl easily won both his matches leaving Simon and Chris to battle it out for second spot. Simon came out on top with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Chris to snare the coveted second spot.
In Group B, Luke romped to the top and the experienced Adam finished second. Kevin got his first WASPA win with a narrow 1-0 win over Choon.
In Group C, Christos opened with an admirable draw against Benny. But Benny just managed to pip Christos to the group top spot on goal difference by a single goal!

Final Stages

Cup Pool
Kevin and Luke
As expected, the seeded players were true to their WASPA ranking and qualified for the Cup Pool. The dominant Carl comfortably beat Luke and Benny by the same 2-0 margin to clinch the championship – his 3rd Altona Cup win in a row! This also meant that Luke and Benny were on even standing going into their final game. It proved to be a thrilling game with Luke coming back from behind twice to force a draw. Luke won the subsequent shots and to finish as tournament runners up.

Plates Pool
The 2nd placed player from each group were placed in the Plates pool to determine the tournament fourth to sixth placing. Adam’s defeat of Christos proved to be enough to win the pool. Well done to Simon for finishing a very credible 6th overall in his tournament debut!

Bowl Pool
There was a four way battle for the consolation places with very close games. A number of Friday Flick practices under Kevin’s belt proved to be the difference. Kevin won the the pool undefeated followed by Chris, who was rediscovering Subbuteo after decades away.
Congrats to Choon for scoring his first Subbuteo goal and also winning his first WASPA game. The win was enough to avoid the wooden spoon. Credit also to Fauzi for a good showing despite not playing Subbuteo since Nov last year.

Carl Young receives his trophy from Benny Ng

Conclusion
Carl vs Luke
Thanks to all who attended for helping to make it an extremely successful WASPA event. There was even time for a friendly team match to give everyone a taste of a team contest. It was a big hit and everyone loved it!
Finally and most importantly, everyone has loads of fun and went home happy. Subbuteo was indeed the winner.
GO WEST!

The final Open standings are:
1. Carl Young
2. Luke Radzminski
3. Benny Ng
4. Adam Deverell
5. Christos Garagounis
6. Simon Briffa
7. Kevin Grant
8. Chris Hirst
9. Choon Lee
10. Fauzi Rahmen

Bejamin: junior winner
The final Junior standings are:
1. Benjamin Ng
2. Harisson Briffa
3. Aidan Deverell
4. Alex Briffa
5. Charlotte
6. Charlie Hannington

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/) or send an email to bennidokk@yahoo.com

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Jurong Central August tournament


August 2016 was a special month for all Singaporeans. A month where we celebrated our 51st independence day, Singapore winning their 1st Olympic Gold  medal thru the swimming event courtesy of Joseph Schooling, the launch of Pokemon Go 😜 & it was time again for Jurong Central SC WASPA league games.

14 flickers came with 10 players playing in our monthly WASPA league, while the other junior players had casual games.

Players were drawn into 2 groups of 5 players with the top 2 of each group qualifying for cup semis while the others were to qualify into the plates semis & bowl final. With no seeding, all players had an equal chance to win the tournament.

Group draw as follows:-

Group A
Fino
Nic
Anas
Rudy
Hashim

Group B
Amin
Rizal T
Noor Haikal
Fauzi
Yew Loy

Group A final standings were predictable yet the games were thigh with Rudy & Anas progressing to the Cup semis with Nic & Hashim qualifying the plates semis with Fino qualified for the bowl event.

Group B games had a few surprising results, notably Amin beating Noor Haikal, Yew Loy drawing with Amin & Fauzi winning all his group games against experience players. Hence, Fauzi & Haikal qualified to the cup semis with Rizal & Amin going through the plates round with Yew Loy progressing to the bowl event.

Final Group Standings
Group A            Group B
1 - Rudy            1 - Fauzi
2 - Anas            2 - Noor Haikal
3 - Nic               3 - Rizal T
4 - Hashim       4 - Amin
5 - Fino.             5 - Yew Loy

Qualifying Stages

Bowl Event
Experience Old Skool player Yew Loy who just returned back to the game & playing his 1st WASPA overpowered his opponent Fino 3-0 to win the Bowl event.

Plates 
Rizal edged Nic 1-0 to win the Plates event after both eased pass their opponents Amin & Hashim with comfortable score lines.

Cup [Main] 
The Cup semis saw Rudy beating Noor Haikal while Anas needed extra time to qualify to the final edging Fauzi 1-0 in extra time.

Cup 3rd & 4th 
Noor Haikal avenge his group game defeat by crushing his club nemesis Fauzi 3-1 with the latter looking out of steam after impressing in the group stage.

1st & 2nd
Anas & Rudy again met after playing in the group stage where the latter won 0-1. The game continued where they left with  both attacking each but as the game went on, Rudy managed to draw 1st blood with a counter attack goal & soon after he secured a 2nd before the halfway mark. 7 minutes before the end Anas pulled a goal back and tried relentlessly to equalise with a last minute scare with Anas shot going beyond his opponent far post but alas it was not mean to be. In the end Rudy prevail and was crowned Jurong CSC August WASPA winner.


Final Standing 
1st - Rudy (11 points)
2nd - Anas (10 p)
3rd - Noor Haikal (9 p)
4th - Fauzi (8 p)
5th - Rizal Tayib (7 p)
6th - Nic Tan (6 p)
7th - Amin (5 p)
8th - Hashim (4 p)
9th - Yew Low
10th - Fino (2 p)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Robert Lenz wins football festival in Hungary

The podium of the tournament
Last week-end Hungary has an amazing football festival with several table football games. Besides the Subbuteo tournament, there were other tournament for Brasilian table football and Sectorball (Hungarian game). The Subbuteo event was played by 8 competitors including Austria's Robert and bettina Lenz. Bettine became the first woman to play subbuteo in Hungary. Robert Lenz won the cup, he defeated László Csibor in the final. The final was interesting, because the finals of subbuteo and the Brasilian table football were at the same time.

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The final of Brasilian table football

The Subbuteo final

The final of Sector ball