Thursday, 14 December 2017

A first trophy for Mathéo Grégoire

The players

Jean and Mathéo
There was a good turnout of 8 tonight in Bande (Belgium) where representatives from 3 different clubs attended the tournament organized by Wamme SC. jean grosdent was an happy organizer with two players competing in their first tournament but didn't manage to win the trophy. The young Mathéo Grégoire (Rochefort TS) finished the Swiss System with a great record of 3 wins and a draw. Jean grosdent was runner-up with 9 points.

Final standings:
1. Mathéo Grégoire
2. Jean Grosdent
3. Basile Magermans
4. Thierry Magermans
5. Henri Magermans
6. Aurore Magermans
7. Bruno Mottet
8. Philippe Thys

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Vikas Chandiramani and Izham Sidek grab honors in Singapore

Merlion Cup players
TFAS Merlion Cup 2017 (Plates Event)

The Merlion Cup 2017 International Open was held on 10 December 2017, which started off with the group stages. There were a number of player who got knocked out after the group games. However, these players were given a chance in winning the consolation Plates prize!
Tournament winner Vikas Chandiramani
There were 8 players for the Plates Event, and a draw was carried out to determine their matchups. A series of knockout matches followed.

Tournament runner-up John Ho
In the end it was Vikas Chandiramani and John Ho who reached the final, where the former won 2-1!

TFAS Merlion Cup 2017 (Amateur Category)

The Amateur Category of the Merlion Cup 2017 was held on 9 December 2017. New players or players who have not been playing for a long time were eligible for this event.

Tournament winner Izham Sidek
Sunday runner-up John Edwards
Five players competed in this category. After a series of round robin games being played, it was Izham Sidek who came out tops undefeated, with 3 wins and a draw.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas Cup in Derry


The Derry City TFC 2017 Christmas Cup was a great success. We played with old subbuteo bases and the advanced rules. Due to the snow we only had 8 players so played a league format. The table was close at the end and all came down to a crunch match between Paul Boyle and Lawrence Watson, with Lawerence needing a win to top the table and Paul only needing a draw. A match full of drama was ended in the final few minutes with a goal from Watson, giving him his first WASPA win.

Table
Lawrence Watson - 14
Craig Stewart - 13
Martinog Bradley - 13
Paul Boyle - 12
Brendan Rodgers - 11
Patrick Mc Keever - 8
Niall Mc Keever - 3
Linus McLaughlin - 0

WASPA Christmas Cup Champion 2017 ‘ Lawrence Watson’

Promotion with kids in Northern Ireland


There was a great day at the Acorn primary Christmas fair! There were exhibitions, friendly games and even a small tournament. For several reasons we will not count the games in the WASPA circuit but hopefully many of the new players will have a chance to play official games in the near future. Well done to all the youngsters today and special thanks to Craig Stewart for making things happen!

Lincoln Flickers Copa del Santa


Andrew Garbutt with Villa Real retains the Copa in a competitive round robin in Lincoln. Five battled for the coveted Copa: Barcelona (Andrew Boyer), Villa Real (Andrew Garbutt), Lazio (Jez Boothman), Genoa (Mat
Atkin) and Apoel Nicosia (John Devaney).

Villa Real unbeaten with 3 wins and a draw (scoring 7, conceding 2) pips Jez Boothman’s Lazio also unbeaten with 2 wins and 2 draws (scoring 3, conceding 1). 

It was all to play for going into the last round with Villa Real on 7 points ahead of Barca 6 points, Lazio 5 points and Genoa 4 points.
Villa Real beat Genoa 2-1 and Lazio held their half time lead to beat three time winners Barca 1-0. Apoel Nicosia lost all 4 matches despite playing pretty well.

1. Villa Real (A Garbutt) 10 points W3 D1 L0 +5
2. Lazio (J Boothman) 8 points W2 D2 L0 +2
3. Barcelona (A Boyer) 6 points W2 D0 L2 -
4. Genoa (M Atkin) 4 points W1 D1 L2 +1
5. Apoel Nicosia (J Devaney) 0 points W0 D0 L4 -8

Thank you everyone for a splendid afternoon’s flicking, thankfully the snow was only a sprinkle over in the east! The day finished with pizza and donuts – we do comps well here in Lincoln!

Next WASPA is Sunday 25 February with South America’s Copa Libertadores.  Entry just £5 adults.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Two trophies for Marco Zucchi



Two WASPA events have been held this week-end in Szombathely, Hungary! On Saturday there was a small turnout and Marco zucchi from prague (Czech republic) took the honors. He finished on top of a group where each players met every opponent twice.

On Sunday there was a filed of 7 players with visitors from Austria but Marco Zucchi was really in a great day and finished on top of the Swiss ladder to claim his second trophy of the week-end.

Huge thanks to Andras Hicz for organizing things!

Cayne Matthews takes the Sychdyn Cup

Subbuteo in North Wales - London Road Subbuteo Club held the "Sychdyn Cup" promotional WASPA event 9th December. Snow reduced the players to 4 and a league format was played .

Results
Dave 0v0 Cayne
Ruby 0v2 Yani
Cayne 3v0 Yani
Dave 1v1 Ruby
Ruby 0v3 Cayne
Yani 2v2 Dave

League Table 
Cayne 7pts +6
Yani 4pts -1
Dave 3pts
Ruby 1pts -5

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Kai Hagenkötter wins Weihnachtscup tournament


Three months ago the newest Subbuteo club of Germany was created and TV Germania Kaiserau already hosted their first WASPA tournament. On December, 10th twelve players from three different clubs took part of the 1. Weihnachtscup of TV Germania Kaiserau in Kamen at Bürgerhaus Methler with Victoria Büsing as competition manager. Congratulation to Kai Hagenkötter from Dortmund, now playing for the italian club of Catania, for a very well performance with a clean sheet and thanks to all friends from the clubs of Berlin and Schwalbach for their participation and friendship.

Semi-finals:
Marcel Schulz - Victoria Büsing 3:2
Leif Banscherus - Kai Hagenkötter 0:3

Final:
Marcel Schulz - Kai Hagenkötter 0:5



Final standings:
1. Kai Hagenkötter (SC Catania)
2. Marcel Schulz (TVG Kaiserau)
3. Leif Banscherus (TVG Kaiserau)
4. Victoria Büsing (TVG Kaiserau)
5. Thossa Büsing (TVG Kaiserau)
6. Klaus Fritz (Sparta Spreeathen 74/82)
7. Yannik Matusch (TVG Kaiserau)
8. Ralf Popp (TVG Kaiserau)
9. Felix Herrmannsdörfer (TVG Kaiserau)
10. Daniela Grünberg (BSC Schwalbach)
11. Kim Bradke (TVG Kaiserau)
12. Manuel Politz (TVG Kaiserau)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Eastern Bloc Dictator Fulfils His Iron Curtain Dream


Lakeside Cup, the inaugural WASPA tournament at Lakeside Futsal in Albert Park, Melbourne, was hosted by MTFC on the 9th of December 2017. A total of 10 players entered the tournament on neutral territory, for what is seen now as the central hub for Melbourne Subbuteo. For what it went down as a little bit chaotic where players had to mind junior futsal players coming in and out through the futsal courts and couldn’t help themselves have a go at the game on a spare table. Luke couldn’t enjoy his souvlaki peacefully as there would be a handful of curious rogue junior onlookers who were more interested touching the expensive personal gear rather than experimenting with the beginners sets. The tzatziki sauce had eventually run down to the bottom of the souvlaki roll and it just became an awkward soggy mess and the chips had gone cold.

But nonetheless the group stages had finally been completed after the lunch break where both Luke and Paul had claimed all 4 wins and faced Christos and Simon respectively in the semi’s. Those who did not make the top 2 in the group of 5 were placed in the placing finals where they play their opponent who achieved the same position as them in the group stage. Both fixtures between Anthony and Kevin, Arjuna and Juan had ended in 0-0 draws and went to penalties.

Anthony and Arjuna came out victorious finishing on 5th and 7th place.  The two brothers of Alex and Harrison faced each other for 9th place where Harrison came out as the victor with a 3-0 result.


The semi-finals were extremely tight and heated contests. Paul defeated Simon 2-1 while Luke defeated Christos 1-0. Luke had considered himself lucky as he managed to make 4 crucial reflex saves against Christos and cruelly went 1-0 up late on in the second half on the counter while still maintaining his clean sheet since the group stage.

The final was end to end action between Luke and Paul, both missing clear cut chances and having their shots saved after saved. The decider had also ended in a 1-0 margin late in the second half as well, but it took something special to break through Paul’s stubborn defensive line, with a 1-2 touching run down the middle of the defensive wall through the tiniest of gaps and a high risk in a possession turnover. Luke would consider himself lucky as everything seemed coming up Milhouse for him on the day.

The Melbourne Dictator of the East had won the Lakeside Cup without conceding a single goal and will temporarily rule the city with a tiny iron fist until the Asian Cup where he will be inevitably belted and be brought down back to reality.

In the meantime, the search for an un-interrupted souvlaki meal session continues…

The final standings:
1 Luke Radziminski
2 Paul Mercer
3 Christos Garagounis
4 Simon Briffa
5 Anthony Madiona
6 Kevin Grant
7 Arjuna Hanafi
8 Juan Menendes
9 Harrison Briffa
10 Alex Briffa

Thursday, 7 December 2017

WASPA report of November 2017

Dear all, here are the standings of the WASPA circuit. We are glad to say that November was a really fantastic month. We added 34 regional tournaments in the records (the Perth tournament results will be added next month), 3 promotional events, 1 tournament with the old rules, 1 test-match, 3 stages of the NETFA mini-leagues and a special tournament with teams of 2 players in Greece.

Gareth Christie from Scotland visited the Maryland players
The rankings are updated with a total of 1576 players from 48 different nations. The general trend is that we have a bit less different players in the records but we are glad to see many clubs and players are very active with regular presence in events.

Australia had a record number of 10 tournaments this month (!) and we were glad to see the first tournament organized by the clubs of Canberra (Australia) and Hudson (Argentina).

Budapest players had the visit from Pasquale Carrassi and they have great plans for next summer
It was also good to see tournaments in Finland and Hungary for the first time this season as well as two great events in the US and we hope many nations and clubs will be back in the circuit soon.

More importantly, we have some awesome news as our friends from Hungary have offered to organize the very first "Amateur Subbuteo Table Football World Cup" in Budapest on June 30 and July 1, 2018. The week-end will be a chance for every player taking part to play a lot of games against many opponents from different countries. There will be two individual tournaments (Saturday and Sunday) so that people who are available only for one day can make it. More details will be available soon from the Budapest players. Stay tuned!

Promotion of the game at the German School in Sydney - Australia
Well, you can find the updated records in the attached two files:
- the season results (PDF);
- the rankings and statistics (Excel).

As for the current situation of FISTF, we are very excited to see elections are being held this week-end in Milano and for the very first time nations are able to make Internet votes. Good luck to the new FISTF Board of Directors.

Northern Phoenix players in Australia
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 

Keep an eye on the WASPA blog at http://waspa-circuit.blogspot.com 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/

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

The Flaming Flicker sin greece are one of the most active clubs in the WASPA circuit
We are trying to get 2 sets to send to a school in Senegal in February as students from my area are travelling there to renew a school and offer school furniture. If anyone is able to furnish 2 pitches, four goals and a few balls, that would be awesome (we already have teams ready to be sent).

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, 6 December 2017

Northern California is back on the map

A first tournament after a long time was held in Santa Rosa, Northern California last Sunday. Conan Mullen took the honors and finished on top of the table after winning his three games. Pater Vahle was runner-up. It was nice to see the local groupe getting together after some time. the club recently lost one player who moved back to Greece and is hoping to find some new players. The "Northern California Subbuteo Club" are now hoping to get some more opportunities to play in the near future.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Two nice evenings in Rochefort



The club of JSC Rochefort recently organized 2 WASPA events. On November 24 there was a small turnout of 4 players. Arnaud Robillard took the honors after winning a group robin. Maxime Muraille was runner-up while Olivier Saffer was 3rd and Rémy Honet was 4th. On December 8 there was a nice group of 8 players and among them it was nice to see Lionel Mouton and former FISTF world champion Jessica Hardenne back in action. Nathan Dizier defeated Arnaud Robillard in the final while Didier Stévenot won the game for the third place against Olivier Saffer. Congratulations to JSC Rochefort for being an active club also at local level.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Chris Thomas wins in Cardiff

Cardiff Bluebirds had a great tournament on Saturday with a fantastic field of 10 players. It was great to see some old faces back in action. Tony McCann, Chris Thomas and Nicky Chappell made a long trip to play and Adrian White was back in action after a long break. In the end Chris Thomas defeated Phil Dacey in the final while Dave Lauder and Dave Samuel reached the semis. Gareth Thomas won the plate final against Tony McCann. Thanks to John Lauder for a great tournament and to Wolfs Castle for being a great venue.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Alekos Apatzis wins Argentina 1978




16 players revived the Mundial "Argentina 1978" using lightweight subbuteo equipment and old rules. The exact groups and format of the competition were followed and the players brought back to action the original national subbuteo teams and tango balls. Even the secret message of the black bands on the goalposts was recreated (read the real story here). It was a great tournament and the winner was "Argentina" of Alekos Apatzis who won the final against "Hungary" of Giorgos Pitihoutis after the penalty shootout.

(Report by Panos Panagiotides)

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Two small events in Budapest

Károly Szathmáry, Pasquale Carrassi, András Naszádi, László Csibor, Gábor Baross, Zoltán Baross
Pasquale Carrassi's stay in Budapest gave him the chance to play several times against local players. After the test-match of last week against Gábor Baross, two small tournaments were held during the week. On Tuesday, László Csibor ginished on top of a group of Zóltan Baross was runner-up and Pasquale took the 4th place. The other small event had a field of 4 players. Pasquale Carrassi shared the honors with László Csibor, both players finishing with 7 points and the exact same goal-difference. More importantly it was great to see an italian player making new friends in Hungary.

Friday, 1 December 2017

A first trophy for Steve George

During the recent FISTF Satellite in Harrow (England), the plate event was also a WASPA tournament. 8 English players from different clubs were involved and Steve George defeated Terry Arnold in the final to claim the title. Kevin Cordell and Neil Doherty reached the semi-finals. Congratulations to all and thanks to Rudi Peterschinigg for organizing a great day of Subbuteo table football.

Picture: Rudi congratulates Steve.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Richard Stock does it again


London Road Subbuteo Club held a WASPA regional event called the "Parrot Cup" on 26th November. A good turn out of twelve players entered, two for the first time. Two groups of six played 5 games and the third place played in Plate Final, Trev Schott beating Dave Kelly 4-0. Richard Stock beat Yani Kelly 1-0 and Brian Daley beat Mark Hopwood 6-0 in the semi's to reach the final. A very close game saw Richard beat Brian D 1-0 to win the event. Great day of Subbuteo in North Wales.

(Report by Cayne Matthews)

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A first trophy for Nikolaos Mantzouranis


16 players from various clubs attended the Flaming Flickers' 29th WASPA trophy on the 4th of November.

There were groups of four and a knock-out stage.

Nikolaos Mantzouranis, a player of the host club, managed to win the final against Yiorgos Karavas of (Blades). Well done.

Daniel Cranston wins the Old Bay Cup

Old Bay Cup – WASPA Event
November 4. 2017. Maryland, USA.


Maryland Subbuteo Club (MSC) was delighted to host Gareth Christie from Scotland in early November. In his honor, the club hosted a tournament played using a Swiss Ladder format. Nine player attended on a fun evening in the fabled Shrine. Gareth got to sign “The Wall” as part of the evenings festivities. The semi final rounds saw very tight matches between Christie and Cranston, and Eyes and Deinhart. Cranston and Deinhart prevailed to reach a closely contested final. Cranston secured the title with a 2-1 win in overtime.

(Report by Paul Eyes)


Final standings:
1. Daniel Cranston (Black Rose)
2. Gregg Deinhart (WTSL)
3. Gareth Christie (Dundee United TFC)
3. Paul Eyes (MSC)
5. Matt Steinmuller (MSC)
5. Andrew Zunino (Eastern Pennsylvania Subbuteo Club)
7. Bryan Arnold (NOVA Union Subbuteo Club)
8. Claudio Santos (MSC)
9. Braden Deinhart (WTSL)


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

More events in Belgium

Some news from 3 events held in Belgium in the last few days.


SC Semois had the chance to host their monthly event in the brand new premises of Bohan football club. There was a good turnout of 7 with players from the local club but also from Wamme SC. In the semis, Pascal Droeven had to wait the shots to defeat Renaud Parisel. In the final, Droeven couldn't do anything against Jean Grosdent.

In Templeuve, there was a "promotional event" last Friday. The club gathering didn't let all players compete in the tournament so only games between 4 players counted for the WASPA standing. Matthias Averlant won all his games to win the title and some chocolates while Franck Santer managed to reach the final. It was good also to see Jordan Bonte back in action after a long break.

Finally, in Bande, the Wamme SC players had a small tournament with four players. Jean Grosdent took the honors while brother Luc Grosdent finished as runner-up. The club also had the chance to appear in a story in a free weekly newspaper, brining interest among local population. Three new contacts have been made since the article was out and there might be some new blood in the club soon.

Monday, 27 November 2017

A first test-match in Hungary

This week-end Pasquali Carrassi from Italy (but he lives in Spain) was in Budapest and met local player Gábor Baross to play a WASPA test-match, the first one in Hungary. It was great to see such an international game in Budapest.

Pasquale won the first game (5-2) but Gábor won the next 2 games (6-0 and 5-1) to win the test-match (2-1).

There might be some more action in the country this week in Hungary. Stay tuned.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Subbuteo at the German International School in Sydney


Adrian Elmer scored a credible victory in a small but important tournament staged in conjunction with an exhibition at the German International School in Sydney on November 4.

Adrian opened with an impressive 2-0 win against Steve Dettre, before also beating Hermann 2-0. Herman clipped Steve 1-0 in the remaining match.

The most important part of the day was showing the game to lots of kids and their parents, who were most enthusiastic about the possibilites with the game.

Well done to Adrian, but also to Hermann!

Adrian Elmer v Steve Dettre   2-0
Adrian Elmer v Hermann Kruse  2-0
Hermann Kruse v Steve Dettre   1-0